PORSCHE THIS WEEK launched its new LMP1-spec race car as it vies for third-straight titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship and its flagship – the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
It’s a step up from previous 919 Hybrids, with 60-70 percent of new components.
The engineers again chose the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine – in a V-4 configuration – to power the rear wheels, and a motor-generator recovery system to drive the front.
Porsche campaigns two 919 Hybrids on the grid this season: #1 driven by Swiss Neel Jani – WEC’s reigning drivers champ – German’s André Lotterer and Brit Nick Tandy. #2 pilots are German Timo Bernhard, and Kiwis Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber, replacing retired Aussie Mark Webber.
With Audi out of the WEC, Toyota’s TS050 Hybrid looks the German marque’s only serious rival.
The series powers up with the Six Hours of Silverstone April 16. The 24 Hours of Le Mans starts June 17.