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Evolution of the Porsche 919 Hybrid
10 February 2015

Evolution of the Porsche 919 Hybrid

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    To reach the objective in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, the 919 Hybrid has been significantly developed in many areas.

    This year, Porsche enters a third prototype for the 24-Hours of Le Mans on 13 - 14 June, as well as in the previous championship round, the Six-Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on 2 May. That third car will be driven by Formula One driver Nico Hülkenberg (Germany), Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain).

    Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche AG board member for research and development and also responsible for motorsport, commented about the expectations before the press conference: “The LMP1 programme’s most important target is the research and development of future technologies for our road cars. For Porsche as a sports car manufacturer, the credo always is to pair maximum sportiness with the highest possible efficiency. The WEC’s revolutionary consumption regulations form an ideal research field for this. In 2014 we introduced a very brave powertrain concept for the 919 Hybrid and it instantly proved itself. This enabled us to make the car’s second generation a comprehensive evolution instead of an entirely new development. In 2015 we want to compete with an ‘able-to-win’ package.”

    In 2014, when entering the Porsche 919 Hybrid for the first time and competing in the eight world championship rounds, the Porsche Team achieved six podium finishes – including its maiden win at the season’s finale in Brazil.

    Porsche confirmed the car numbers requested for the Porsche 919 Hybrid. The trio of Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia) gets number 17. Number 18 goes to the – also unchanged from 2014 – driver combination of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany). The third car with Hülkenberg, Bamber and Tandy will compete at Spa and Le Mans with number 19.

    The evolution of the Porsche 919 Hybrid will be officially presented on 26 March at the Circuit Paul Ricard circuit in Southern France. The next two days will see the first joint test for the entire 2015 WEC field, the so-called ‘Prologue’. Porsche is excited to experience the first encounter with the competition’s works cars.
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