It’s certainly not a car one would usually expect to see on the morning commute, but this morning (27th Sept 2016) London commuters were treated to a treat as Mark Webber drove his Porsche 919 Hybrid around the City of Westminster as part of a Porsche event showcasing its hybrid technology.
The car, which won the 2015 FIA WEC LMP1 championship, was accompanied by a road-going Panamera 4 E-Hybrid on a tour through the British capital; starting from Park Lane and heading to the London County Hall Hotel, next to the London Eye, taking in famous landmarks including Hyde Park Corner, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.
Somewhat uniquely, the police, although in attendance to clear the route, chose not to close the roads so the Le Mans race car could be seen navigating early morning commuter traffic throughout the journey.
Following the tour the team stopped outside Portcullis House while the car, unused to travelling at the speeds seen during a rush hour commute in London, was cooled off then headed back over Westminster Bridge to the County Hall Hotel.
“It was an incredible experience, and the first time we’ve ever had the 919 race car on the streets,” said Webber. “We stopped a lot of traffic but they were pretty excited to see the car as well.
“It was tricky. Visibility’s really difficult in that car so I couldn’t see a lot of the curbs.
“I was really excited to bring the car into London today, so it was also a highlight for myself. It went really smooth, weather was great, so it ticked a big box.”