2017 Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 out to defend WEC title

Porsche has revealed the new LMP1-spec race car that it hopes will earn it its third-straight title in both the World Endurance Championship, and the event highlight, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The new car is still classified as a 919 Hybrid, but it is significantly improved compared to the 919 Hybrids of previous years. Its only real rival this year is the TS050 Hybrid from Toyota. Sadly, there won’t be a rival from Audi as the brand with the four rings has pulled out of the WEC.

For its car, Porsche has selected a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine (arranged in a V-4 configuration) and an electric drive system that relies on the highest allowable rate of energy recovery, in this case 8 megajoules. System output is approximately 887 horsepower.

Testing at the WEC’s Prologue event commences this weekend. The first race of the new season is the 6 Hours of Silverstone on April 16. The 24 Hours of Le Mans will run the weekend starting June 17.

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