Porsche’s 2017 LMP1 919 Hybrid seen testing at Paul Ricard

Ahead of the 2017 World Endurance Championship season opener at Silverstone on the 16th of April, spy photographs have emerged showing Porsche Motorsport’s 2017 entry car testing at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.

The car is set to be officially unveiled this Friday at Monza just ahead of the official pre-season WEC test for the new season.

91924.jpgPhoto : Y7 Photography

Just from a cursory look at the spy shots, it looks like Porsche have abandoned the striped livery from last year going with a cleaner looking livery here, but I can’t be sure if this is the finished final livery for the car.

Having done away with the mandatory vents at the sides, the wheel arches now look rounder and more voluptuous? (I’ve just described a car as voluptuous, have my life) compared to last year’s car. The vents now feature at the top side of the car.

wec-porsche-paul-ricard-march-testing-2017-spyshot-of-the-porsche-919-hybrid.jpgPhoto : motorsport.com

Also visible are the reworked headlights which seem to be positioned a bit further. The front fender looks reworked too, with the rear view mirrors looking like they’ve been integrated into the fender itself.  Also, there’s no real way of knowing what aerodynamic setup Porsche were running in these photos, but you could speculate it is a possible high downforce configuration because of the twin-plane rear wing.

This year too, Porsche will field two 919 Hybrids for the 2017 WEC season with Porsche factory drivers Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy taking up driver duties alongside Andre Lotterer who has now signed to drive for Porsche after his old team Audi shut shop on their WEC efforts at the end of last season.

We’ll know more after the official launch on Friday and the WEC test at the weekend. Let me know what your initial thoughts are of Porsche’s 2017 WEC challenger in the comments below!

Feature image courtesy : Y7 Photography.

– Aditya Bhat.

 

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