Porsche’s testing of its 919 Hybrid Le Mans prototype race car started yesterday.
Extensive testing of the second generation of Porsche’s Le Mans prototype began this previous weekend on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. As scheduled, this marks the start of the 2015 motorsport season for the Porsche Team.
Porsche said the new Porsche 919 Hybrid has already had its roll-out on the Weissach test track. As a next step, there will be several performance and endurance tests before the WEC season opener on April 12 in Silverstone, Great Britain.
The new Porsche 919 Hybrid is described by the German automaker as a comprehensive evolution of the successful car that made its debut in 2014. It will feature the same innovative drivetrain concept consisting of a 2-liter V4 turbocharged gasoline engine, an electric motor powering the front wheels, and two energy recovery systems.
The new generation car had its first roll-out on December 15, 2014.
Last year, Porsche’s 919 Hybrid won its first ever race in the final event of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.
This last race of the season was held in São Paulo, Brazil, and the winning 919 Hybrid, wearing number 14, was driven by the trio of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany).