Porsche has finally revealed the 963 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. Donning Porsche’s signature color scheme of white, red and black, this Le Mans Daytona Hybrid (LMDh) will be competing in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Being an LMDh car, the Porsche 963 is based on an LMP2 chassis by Multimatic and is powered by a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 derived from the 918 Spyder. With the standard hybrid components by Bosch, Williams Advanced Engineering, and Xtrac, this vehicle has a maximum output of 670hp.
Other partners include Michelin for the tires, Mobil1 for the lubrication, and Ansys for the simulation software. TAG Heuer is the official timing partner, while Hugo Boss provides the outfit, and Puma supplies the fireproof race clothing.
With two cars in each of the two endurance series, Porsche Penske Motorsport, the motorsport team, has its bases in North Carolina in the USA, and Mannheim in Germany.
The current driver lineup includes Kevin Estre (France), Michael Christensen (Denmark), André Lotterer (Germany), Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), Matt Campbell (Australia), Mathieu Jaminet (France), Dane Cameron (USA), and Felipe Nasr (Brazil). The rest of the lineup including the drivers for the races at Daytona, Sebring, and Road Atlanta will be announced at a later date.
After having done 7,889km of testing in the first half of this year, Porsche Penske Motorsport will be having a “noncompetitive dress rehearsal” at the FIA WEC season finale at the 8 Hours of Bahrain this November before making its official racing debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2023.
As early as its first year of competition, the Porsche 963 will be available to customer teams, so look forward to seeing more of these German LMDh cars on the track.