Fred Makowiecki Has Honor of Running Prototype at Germany Test Track
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Porsche Penske Motorsport is the first to hit the ground running with the LMDh platform.
Through its Twitter account, @PorscheRaces, the manufacturer posted videos Friday of the new prototype turning test laps at Porsche’s development center track in Weissach, Germany. Porsche works driver Fred Makowiecki was behind the wheel.
#PorschePenskeMotorsport – The brand-new #Porsche LMDh prototype turned it's first laps at Weissach with works driver @FredMako1 behind the wheel. How do you like our car for the 2023 @FIAWEC and @IMSA championships?#PorscheLMDh @Team_Penske @24hoursoflemans pic.twitter.com/HrVIqXTvMe
— Porsche Motorsport (@PorscheRaces) January 14, 2022
The LMDh platform will become the top prototype class for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship beginning in 2023. Other manufacturers already committed to competing along with Porsche in LMDh are Acura, Audi, BMW and Cadillac. Today’s test and accompanying video was the first anybody has seen and heard of an LMDh running on track.
“To be honest, it was a very impressive rollout,” Makowiecki said in a Twitter post. “We could do some laps and discovered that the car is working as expected. Now we have a good starting point to go forward.
“My first thought went to all the people who worked so many month(s) to get the Porsche LMDh car on the ground,” Makowiecki added in another tweet. “It is (a) very emotional moment to be allowed to represent them.”
Porsche Penske Motorsport recently announced a pair of WeatherTech Championship standouts, Dane Cameron and Felipe Nasr, as the first fulltime drivers for the LMDh. The team is expected to compete in both the WeatherTech Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2023.
“We are very proud of this important step in the development process of our new FIA WEC/IMSA contender for 2023,” said Thomas Laudenbach, head of Porsche Motorsport. “Thanks to everybody involved at Weissach and Team Penske.”