Chassis: LMP2 basis from Multimatic with the iconic Porsche brand identity
The regulations stipulate that all new vehicles for the LMDh category must be based on an LMP2 chassis. Four potential partners are available for such a project: Multimatic, Oreca, Dallara and Ligier. After an in-depth evaluation, Porsche made the call to work with Multimatic.
As the largest of the four LMP2 manufacturers, the automotive technology company based in Toronto (Canada) also contributes components for the Porsche 911 RSR, the Porsche 911 GT3 R, and Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. In addition to the existing business relationship, the enormous production capacities also spoke in favour of Multimatic – a critical factor given that customers will also race the Porsche 963 on both sides of the Atlantic in its first year of competition.
‘The regulations give us a performance window,’ Christian Eifrig, technical project manager of the Porsche 963, explains. ‘In terms of downforce and lap times, the vehicle must remain within a defined performance range as prescribed by the regulations. This is the only way for the sport’s governing bodies to equalise the cars of different manufacturers using Balance of Performance,’ Eifrig continues. The so-called BoP, a classification rating for different vehicles in the new top classes, ensures a level playing field and thrilling racing.