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Porsche Penske Motorsport unveils 963 GTP hypercar at Goodwood

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Porsche seems to be very ready for hypercar racing. Or as close as any of the makers signed up for the first season of Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) racing for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and World Endurance Championship (WEC) seasons. Porsche Penske Racing launched its race-ready car in nearly full uniform on Friday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in the UK.

How fitting to launch a race car that tests the limits of hybridization and automotive technology at a festival that celebrates and tests the most unique, interesting, new, and the fastest vehicles out there?

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Like the revealed BMW and Cadillac hypercars, this Porsche hypercar features plenty of design cues from Porsches of yesteryear, especially with its signature red, white and black paint scheme. The brand claims that the hypercar dubbed Porsche 963, with the chassis provided by Multimatic, is inspired by the 956 and 962 cars from the 1980s. The 956, designed by Norbert Singer, would win FIA World Sportscar Championship titles from 1982 to 1984 and, in a later iteration, hold the Nurburgring lap record for 35 years . Its successor, the 962, designed to compete in endurance, will compete in the WEC and win the overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1986, 1987 and 1994.

Although the 963 lacks some of the longtail designs that really showed up in those 1980s racers, the curvature, notable for Porsche vehicle design as a whole, is definitely recognizable. The flat nose on the front fascia and the curved side profile lines of Porsche competitors from the late 80s and early 90s are true to form – the aerodynamic channels inside the wheel arches and other Aerodynamic finishes like the ‘fins’ on the roof of the car, are the real stars, taking this 963 away from the boxy wedges of the 80s and demonstrating the development of aerodynamic technology over nearly 40 years. This unique line of Porsche LED taillights completes the look with a definitive nod to today’s production Porsches.

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As for what’s inside, Porsche is (literally) miles ahead of her Upcoming competitors BMW, Cadillac and Acura for the development of the new endurance series hypercar. During the reveal adapted from Porsche’s hybrid competition, the moniker revealed that the car had already covered 7,889 kilometers or around 4,900 miles. Whereas BMW and Cadillac race teams have at least revealed physical iterations of their car, no camouflage, Acura still has camouflage and teased renders, with an official reveal, “coming soon”, and none of these cars have seen the tarmac of Track. Alpine and Lamborghini bring up the rear, but both are scheduled for the 2024 season.

There’s at least one good reason and strategy behind Porsche’s lead in hypercar development. Early in the series’ development, Porsche and Penske agreed to take the lead on physical car and hybrid powertrain homologation. This gives the team a huge advantage in testing, as we have already pointed out, for their own benefit. But the other side of this volunteering in physical development is that Porsche shares this specific data with class competitors to help them with their builds and implementation of the series hybrid powertrain. This powertrain, if you recall, is developed by Bosch, Williams Advanced Engineering and Xtrac.

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On Friday, Porsche also revealed that its drivers have signed up to compete in the WEC and IMSA series, including household names like André Lotterer, Laurence Vanthoor, Matt Campbell, Mathieu Jaminet, Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Dane Cameron and Felipe Nasr.

The 963 hypercar is set to make its official racing debut in January 2023 with the rest of the GTP field at Rolex 24 at Daytona. Porsche also says there will be a “non-competitive dress rehearsal” for the car in the final round of the WEC season in Bahrain later this year, scheduled for November 12.

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