Porsche's new LMDh prototype can't wait to hit the tracks of Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring. The vehicle will be fielded in the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship and in the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with the Porsche Penske Motorsport team.
Now & egrave; the intense test program started to prepare for the race debut in January 2023 with the 24 Hours of Daytona.
His beating heart is; a hybrid engine , with the thermal part flanked by electrified elements already; seen in series production, as required by the regulation.
Porsche has opted for a unit & agrave; V8 twin-turbo with large displacement, designed to run on renewable fuels. The power? 680 hp approximately 500 kW.
“ We were spoiled for choice with the engine for our LMDh prototype, because our range of products offers different units & agrave; promising & quot ;, these are the words of Thomas Laudenbach , Vice President of Porsche Motorsport. “We decided on the twin-turbo V8, which we believe offers the best combination of performance, weight and cost. Now we will focus on testing & quot ;.
According to the WEC regulation the maximum number of engine revolutions allowed & egrave; 10,000 rpm, with noise measurement limited to 110 decibels.
The engine must weigh a minimum of 180 kilograms, including fuel and cooling system. The power of the thruster can & ograve; arrive up to 707 HP .
As anticipated, the & quot; electrified & quot; components of the motor must come from mass production , therefore space for the recovery, storage and supply systems of electricity supplied by Williams Advanced Engineering (which supplies the battery), and Bosch (manufacturer of the motor generator and control electronics) but also to those of Xtrac (transmission supplier).
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