Porsche has ambitious goals and extensive plans for its 2022 motorsport season. There will be a strong focus on the two works entries in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship. Activities schedule has been updated to include the expansion of customer sports activities and the intensive preparation of the new LMDh programme.
Two works Porsche 911 RSR entered once again in the FIA WEC Porsche will again field two 515 PS 911 RSRs in the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) in 2022. Under Alexander Stehlig, Overall Project Manager and Head of Operations, the two racing cars will compete in the upcoming six races with a slightly different driver crew.
The Italian Gianmaria Bruni and Austrian Richard Lietz will again share driving duties in the No. 91 car. In the No. 92 sister car, Kévin Estre from France will swap seats with the experienced Dane Michael Christensen. The duo had taken a class victory competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans three years ago as well as picking up the 2018/2019 title. The first race of the new season is billed to take place on 18 March in Sebring (USA), and on 11/12 June 2022, the two Porsche 911 RSR will compete in the 90th edition of the French endurance classic. When they compete in the highlight of the year, the two driver crews will be supported by works drivers Frédéric Makowiecki from France (#91) and Belgian Laurens Vanthoor (#92).
Preparing for the LMDh rollout: Cameron and Nasr added to driver line-up
As of 2022, Porsche Motorsport will include Dane Cameron and Felipe Nasr in its works driver lineup. The 33-year-old American Cameron won IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi titles in 2016 and 2019, while Nasr, the 29-year-old ex-Formula 1 driver from Brazil, won the championship in the North American endurance racing series in 2018 and 2021. The two new works drivers are to be involved intensively in the further development of Porsche's LMDh prototypes. The management of these ground-breaking endurance racing activities for Porsche will be in the capable hands of the experienced Swiss national, Urs Kuratle. The 500 kW (680 PS) hybrid racing car is scheduled to complete numerous test runs in 2022.
Beginning in 2023, the LMDh prototype will be entered by Porsche Penske Motorsport in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. For the first time in some 30 years, it will then be possible to compete for overall victories in the endurance classics at Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona with cars of identical construction. "We are working all- out with our partner Penske on the development of the new LMDh prototype and collaborate closely with the chassis manufacturer Multimatic at all times," explains Thomas Laudenbach. "In January, we will begin intensive testing to ensure that we are optimally prepared for our 2023 competition debut."
TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is aiming at gaining its first race wins
In 2022, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Series will begin its eighth season. TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is aiming high for the next 16 world championship races: the Porsche 99X Electric is expected to achieve a series of successes. "There is absolutely no doubt that we have what it takes to win races. The highlights of the past season have made this very clear," says Thomas Laudenbach, the man who took over the management of Porsche Motorsport from Fritz Enzinger on 1 October this year.
"Over the past few months, our development team in Weissach has made all the modifications permitted by the regulations and we are firmly convinced that the Porsche 99X Electric will be capable of leading the pack in the coming season. "The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is putting in faith on continuity in the two cockpits: works drivers André Lotterer (#36) and Pascal Wehrlein (#94) will be on the grid again for the team from Weissach in 2022. Should one of the two drop out, Simona de Silvestro or Neel Jani will be ready to jump in. The new season is scheduled to start on 28/29 January 2022 with two races in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.