Porsche rolled out its new 919 Hybrid prototype challenger, a distinct evolution of the 2014 model rather than a ground-up redesign, at Weissach, the company’s test track. Porsche works driver Marc Lieb was at the wheel of the 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“The roll-out of a new race car is always a milestone, and anticipated with great excitement by everyone involved.” said Alexander Hitzinger, Technical Director LMP1. “It was our target to get the Porsche 919 Hybrid for the 2015 season on its wheels before Christmas, and now we have achieved this.”
“Motorsport is the soul and principle of this company. The best and most innovative technologies in our road-going sports cars come directly from motorsport,” added Porsche CEO Matthias Müller.
“We will be keeping the throttle down, and even shift up a gear! Motorsport is deeply rooted in the Porsche marque and for us it is more than an end in itself” stated Board Member for Research and Development, Wolfgang Hatz during his speech at the Night of Champions motorsport gala.
Porsche have already committed to contest another season in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC with two 919 Hybrids and have committed to add a third for the Spa and the Le Mans 24 Hours rounds with Formula 1 star Nico Hülkenberg already named as one of the third car’s drivers.
The first meaningful test with the new race car, which has been optimised in almost every detail compared to its 2014 predecessor, is scheduled to take place from January 18 to 22 in Abu Dhabi.
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