Returning to the grid once again, the Porsche 919 prepares for the 2015 race season with updates preparing it to compete in the new LMP-H class, a sub-categorization within the LMP1 class specifically for hybrids. Last season’s 2014 Porsche 919 Hybrid was Porsche’s return to sports-prototype racing, with the being the first Porsche prototype since the RS Spyder made its debut in 2005. The 919 is also the first Porsche LMP to compete in top-tier sports car racing since the factory-backed Porsche 911 GT1 and LMP1-98.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid had a solid debut in the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) season, with a few instances of failed components, a crash, and aerodynamic issues resulting in the Porsche LMP1-H team taking third place overall for manufacturers.
Now, with a reworked energy recovery system working with one-third more efficiency, the Porsche 919 Hybrid moves to the 8-megajoule category, butting heads with the dominant Audi Le Mans team's 2015 entry. A 2.0-liter turbocharged V-4 engine sends over 500 hp to the rear wheels, while a 400-hp electric motor powers the fronts, and derives its power from two energy recovery systems. The recovery system utilizes a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery to store bursts power from regenerative braking and converted exhaust-gas energy.
Porsche will field the 919 Hybrid in the 2015 World Endurance Championship (WEC), starting with a race at Silverstone on April 12th. During the crown event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche will field three 919 Hybrids, each with their own distinct livery, including the historic red “Salzburg” scheme made famous by the classic Porsche 917.