Porsche completes two-car LMDh test at Monza as US-bound chassis debuts

The new Porsche 963, adorned with a plain carbon fiber livery and no big sponsor logos, completed three consecutive days at Monza last week from August 3rd to 5th.

It was the first proper launch of the brand’s second 963 LMDh, as all testing to date has been conducted on a single chassis, which made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in June.

Both Porsche 963s were on site for the duration of the test, giving the German manufacturer the opportunity to directly compare the performance of the two chassis. The second 963 LMDh was built to the exact same specifications as the original car, which raced at Monza in its usual red, white and black livery.

Factory drivers Dane Cameron, Laurens Vanthoor, Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre shared driving duties at the Italian venue, with the majority of the quartet getting to drive both cars over the course of the three days.

Once testing is complete, the new chassis will be shipped across the Atlantic for further testing in the United States beginning next month.

Porsche 963 LMDh

Photo by: Morgese / Gandolfi

The two-car Monza test shows Porsche is ahead of all LMDh manufacturers in terms of preparing for the 2023 season, having launched the car at its Weissach plant in Germany back in January.

The German manufacturer is currently considering making the LMDh car an early non-points debut in the final round of the 2022 WEC season in Bahrain in November, using a new bulletin issued back in May that allows the LMDh car to to compete with existing LMH machines ahead of their full introduction next year.

Porsche said in June that a decision on whether the car will race in Bahrain will be made in the summer and will depend on how far the car’s development has progressed during testing.

As things stand, the 963 LMDh car is scheduled to make its competitive debut in January 2023 at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the opening round of next year’s IMSA schedule.

The next WEC season kicks off less than two months later at Sebring as part of a double-header weekend with IMSA.

Porsche 963 LMDh

Porsche 963 LMDh

Photo by: Morgese / Gandolfi

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