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Porsche Begins LMDh Testing Program

Porsche LMDh begins circuit-based testing, development program in Europe…

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Porsche has begun an intensive testing program with its LMDh car ahead of its debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year.

The German manufacturer, which took the wraps off its yet-to-be-named prototype last month, is understood to have recently conducted a multi-day test at an undisclosed circuit in Europe.

While further information is unclear at the moment, Porsche did release a new photo last weekend, which sees the car sporting headlights for the first time. 

Sportscar365 understands that the car’s rollout at the Weissach test track also did not come with a fully functional hybrid system, with supply-chain delays forcing the car to run without the spec battery storage system from Williams Advanced Engineering.

A delay in the car’s shakedown, which was originally scheduled for late December, has meant that its initial testing program will be focused on Europe.

Porsche is the first LMDh manufacturer to begin testing and could have up to a six-month head start on the majority of its competition, with Acura, Cadillac and BMW all not slated to hit the track with its cars until late spring or early summer.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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