Porsche has confirmed it has begun work on a concept study into a possible LMDh entry after the release of the draft technical regulation by ACO and IMSA.
The two governing bodies released their joint regulations on Thursday after their presentation was originally scheduled for the Super Sebring event in March.
Porsche has previously suggested that it would only be interested in participation in the new top class of international endurance racing if it would be able to compete in both multiple series with one car as opposed to having to build separate cars for each championship.
Fritz Enzinger, Porsche’s Vice President of Motorsport, has said that the new draft technical regulations have met that goal and that the German manufacturer has begun looking into a possible LMDh program.
“ACO and IMSA have fulfilled our expectations,” Enzinger said. “It’ll be possible to compete for overall victories in most important endurance series with one vehicle.
We’re now getting underway with concept study commissioned by our board of directors”
If Porsche were to be on the grid for LMDh’s planned 2022 debut, it would mark their return to top-level prototype racing for the first time in five years. Porsche ended its 919 Hybrid LMP1 program after the conclusion of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.
During that campaign, it won both the driver’s and manufacturer’s titles three years in a row in 2015, 2016 and 2017. During those years, it also went undefeated at Le Mans, winning the 24-hour race three times.