So Porsche Motorsport have just launched their 2016 LMP1 contender, the Porsche 919 Hybrid.
The factory have published a lengthy press release along with a bunch of photos, and even a video of the new racing car today. While the car isn’t particularly more powerful than the last version, Porsche engineers claim that it is more efficient in both aerodynamics and powertrain. The livery too is an “evolution” of the design found on the last two iterations of the prototype racer.
For the first time Porsche are going to run the car with three different aero packages available depending on which track they are at. They claim that this will further enable the team to maximise fuel efficiency, especially when combined with lighter engine components and next generation lithium-ion battery technology. Changes have also been made to the front axle of the car which will allow the team to make better set-up options and prolong tyre life.
Because Porsche won the 2015 championship title, Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) became the Drivers’ World Champions and will now race with the number 1 on their car.
The sister car of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) will carry the number 2.
The 2016 World Endurance Championship kicks off tomorrow with the start of the Prologue event at Paul Ricard. This will be the first time that all 29 teams will be seen on track together, and will give us our first indications of the pace of the new 919 Hybrid.