At the WEC Prologue test at Monza yesterday, Porsche have unveiled their new 919 Hybrid LMP1 car that is to defend their FIA WEC and 24 hours of Le Mans titles this season.
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The chassis is said to be the same as that of last year but Porsche team principal Andrea Seidl has claimed that this will not lead to any performance loss as 60 – 70% of the car is new.
“The monocoque has remained unchanged since 2016”, stressed Seidl, “But the optimisation potential of all other components was analysed, and in most cases, adjustments made accordingly.”
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The 2017 919 Hybrid derives its power from an updated 2.0 liter V4 petrol engine coupled with an 8 MJ hybrid system.
Porsche claim that this engine is “The most efficient combustion engine in the history of Porsche to date.”
They have indeed moved away from striped livery as I mentioned in my last year about the Porsche spy shots at Paul Ricard (check it out here : Porsche’s 2017 LMP1 919 Hybrid seen testing at Paul Ricard).
Still not sure about the massive headlights though.
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With Mark Webber retiring and Romain Dumas and Mark Lieb having been dropped, there have been three changes to the Porsche driver line-up.
Car #1 will be driven by the team of Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani, and Nick Tandy while Car #2 will be driven by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and Earl Bamber.
The 2017 WEC season opener kicks off in a fortnight’s time at the 6 hours of Silverstone on April 16, and it can’t come soon enough!
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– Aditya Bhat.