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Porsche 919 Battles Audi R18 e-tron Quattro (W/Video)

Hybrid prototype racers duke it out at 6 Hours of Silverstone, adding to argument WEC competition may be as good as F1's

Alex Nishimoto
Apr 17, 2015

For years, it's been accepted that Formula 1 represents the pinnacle of motorsport. The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), where sports prototypes and GT cars race anywhere from six to 24 hours at a time, is out to challenge that notion. This latest clip from this past weekend's 6 Hours of Silverstone, which features a battle between Porsche's 919 Hybrid and Audi's R18 e-tron Quattro, both supports the argument that WEC is the series to watch and shows just how fast these cars are.

The two P1-class cars move at a much faster pace than the rest of the field, which consists of GT cars and other, slower prototypes. The commentator says the Porsche 919, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter V-4 and an electric motor, has the straight-line speed advantage. This is clear from the aerial footage, as the 919 effortlessly gains on the R18 and passes other cars like they're standing still. The R18, however, is said to have the edge in the corners. Audi's prototypes have dominated sports car racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans for more than a decade. The brand's latest racer features a 4.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 and an electric motor providing temporary all-wheel drive. We know that the 919 makes upwards of 900 hp, but according to the broadcaster, both cars make "way more than a thousand horsepower."

The two powerhouses battle for several corners, but in the end, the Porsche's speed advantage propels it ahead of the Audi. But with nearly an hour to go before the checkered flag, the Audi manages to catch the Porsche and take the win. We can't wait to see how this battle plays out at Le Mans, especially with Toyota and Nissan thrown in the mix.

Source: WEC via YouTube

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