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Zurlinden is a longtime Porsche powerhouse, and after working as an engineer for the LMP1 program, he led the Weissach branded Factory GT initiative and became responsible for Porsche’s Factory Motorsports.

The 39-year-old Frenchman will leave Porsche in October to join the Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations (MSVO) division, which oversees the motorsport activities of the engineering company.

“I’m really looking forward to my new job and would like to thank Larry. [Holt] And because of the trust they put in me, it’s multimatic. “

“Of course, I’ve been following Multimatic as a competitor and partner for many years outside of motorsport and this area. It’s my role to play a leading role in continuing the company’s success story on and off the race track. It ’s special for me. ”

Porsche LMDh prototype

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Last year, Porsche and Audi announced that they would partner with Multimatic to return prototypes of the LMDh hybrid, based on the next-generation multimatic LMP2 vehicle.

This means that Zurlinden will continue to work closely with Porsche. We expect Multimatic to be beneficial in our partnership with the German sports car brand.

Zurlinden also has a history with Audi as a trackside technical project leader for the DTM program from 2008 to 2014.

“We have been collaborating and competing with Pascal for years. When we played the Ford GT against the Porsche 911 RS, he proved to be a good technical partner and a tough enemy. “It was,” said Holt, vice president of MSVO.

“He is a very skilled motorsport engineer with a very strong intuition for racecraft and a great approach to leading the team when exposed to fiercely competitive pressure.

“We are very fortunate to have him join the MSVO team. As a Porsche partner in many motorsport programs, we can only strengthen both companies to maintain Pascal.”

Zulinden (left) joins Patrick Pilet, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy on the podium at Le Mans in 2019

Zulinden (left) joins Patrick Pilet, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy on the podium at Le Mans in 2019

Photo: Porsche

Multimatic acknowledged in its statement that Zurlinden was “immeasurable” in the development of Porsche and Audi’s LMDh cars, “hence all his knowledge in the field is only Porsche and Audi. Will be available. “

Both brands are preparing for their 2023 debut in this category, so “it shouldn’t lose momentum,” he added.

Porsche’s LMDh Challenger completed its first runout last week, with factory driver Frederick Makowiecki driving around the company’s Weissach test truck.

American powerhouse Penske will perform Porsche’s factory LMDh entry at both the IMSA SportsCar Championship and the World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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