The second generation of Porsche's Le Mans prototype – 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid, has completed extensive testing yesterday at the Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit. Tests are continuing till 22nd of January. As scheduled, this shows that it is time for Porsche to start the 2015 motorsport season. 919 Hybrid has already had its roll-out on company's test track called Weissach. Since the WEC season is planned to open on April 12 in Silverstone, there will be also several performance and endurance tests conducted before this date.
The second generation model is a sophisticated evolution of the successful car, which we have seen rising in 2014. The new hybrid sports car will include the same innovative drivetrain concept. It comprises of a 2-liter V4 turbocharged petrol engine, working with an electric motor powering the front wheels, and two energy recovery systems.
The powerplant revs up to 9,000 rpm and sends the power to the rear wheels. At the same time the electric motor provides force for the front wheels. The brake energy recovery and a thermal energy recovery system are included in the exhaust. This means an 8 megajoule per lap energy recovery boost function.
The first roll-out of the new gen gar was 15th of December 15 on Weissach track. The driver behind the wheel was Marc Lieb.