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Porsche Begins Formal LMDh Evaluation

Confirmation of top-class prototype convergence has “fulfilled” Porsche’s expectations…

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Porsche has begun its formal concept study on LMDh following the release of the draft set of technical regulations to manufacturers.

Announced on Thursday, details on the new joint ACO-IMSA global prototype platform were confirmed to the public, including minimum weight and power output, in what the two organizations have described as an already “comprehensive and detailed” set of regulations.

As first revealed by Sportscar365 in January, Porsche AG board member Michael Steiner had signaled significant interest in the formula and ordered a formal evaluation once details on the platform had been released.

Head of Porsche Motorsport Fritz Enzinger has confirmed that the study is now underway.

“ACO and IMSA have fulfilled our expectations,” Enzinger said. ‘”It’ll be possible to compete for overall victories in most important endurance series with one vehicle.

“We’re now getting underway with concept study commissioned by our board of directors.”

The German manufacturer is one of more than a dozen automakers to have been involved in the LMDh technical working group meetings in recent months to help shape the regulations, which are targeted to debut in the 2022 Rolex 24 at Daytona and in the FIA World Endurance Championship that same year.

Porsche last competed in the top class of prototype racing in 2017 with the Porsche 919 Hybrid, which claimed three consecutive victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and multiple WEC titles.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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