Endurance racing is one of the most grueling forms of motorsports. Not only do the cars have to go fast, but they have to do it for as long as 24 hours. That’s why testing is key in ensuring the cars are quick and reliable.
Porsche has just reported a testing mileage of more than 6,000km for its LMDh car. To put things into perspective, that’s pretty much a similar distance to the 24 Hours of Daytona, including practice, qualifying and the race itself.
The various test sites include Porsche’s own test track in Weissach, Germany; Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (where the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix was just held); MotorLand Aragon also in Spain; and the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
The development drivers behind the wheel are Frédéric Makowiecki from France, Felipe Nasr from Brazil, and Dane Cameron from the US. These tests specifically focused on the functionality of the car, the optimization of the V8 ICE with the hybrid system, and the tire development with Michelin.
Things are looking good for Porsche in the first four months. The team will soon be test-driving on American soil along with other tracks in the upcoming months in preparation for its debut in 2023. They’d better prepare well as the competition is looking tight with Acura and Cadillac jumping in the fray with Alpine, BMW and Lamborghini joining in 2024.