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Porsche Testing New 919 Hybrid

Porsche 919 Hybrid

Porsche 919 Hybrid

Porsche Motorsport has begun testing on a new sports prototype hybrid, the Porsche 919 Hybrid, to be used in the Le Mans Prototype series. The 2015 919 Hybrid grew from last year’s model. The 2014 version landed on the podium in five of its eight starts in last year’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) series, winning in Sao Paulo and placing third in overall points. In Arizona, Porsche of Tucson is home to all the brand’s captivating models.

The 919 Hybrid follows in the footsteps of the Porsche 918 production sports car. Powered by a highly compact 2.0 litre turbocharged V4 engine, it is powered by direct-injection gasoline. The vehicle’s lithium-ion hybrid battery for energy accumulation and a front axle engine generator unit (EGU) provide significant additional power sources. As always, safety is always the top priority for Porsche’s engineers and the 919 Hybrid lives up to that proud tradition. The driver cockpit (monocoque) is strengthened with side panel technology similar to bullet-proof vests, protecting the driver even in the event of a side-impact collision. Improved lines of vision and lower wheel housings provide greater driver visibility and control.

The entire Porsche 919 Hybrid Prototype is made primarily of carbon, with a high-strength aluminum engine. The additional use of magnesium and titanium alloys helps to create one of the lightest, safest and most durable motorsports vehicles ever produced. Its two energy recovery systems, including an exhaust-energy recovery module, contribute to the 919 Hybrid’s pioneering technology and unparalleled performance.

The Le Mans Prototype (LMP) series cars are designed to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans event and other races in the FIA Le Mans series. Vehicles in this series, although not as fast as Formula One open-wheel models, are the fastest closed-wheel cars competing in circuit race events. The first LMP vehicle was also a Porsche, with the 1992 Porsche 926s. Recently, hybrid LMP have begun to appear from various automakers and, once again, Porsche is leading the pack. The 919 Hybrid is classified in the LMP 1-Hybrid category, indicating a factory supported hybrid powered car.

This year’s FIA WEC series launches April 12th with the Six Hours of Silverstone event in Northamptonshire, England. The WEC sanctioning body limits testing of new models to just ten days on the track total, over the course of the season. The WEC series is considered one of the most arduous in the world. FIA sets forth strict efficiency, safety and sustainability requirements, staunchly supporting design that paves the way for the future of both motorsport and production cars.

While the world waits for the April WEC premier and the debut of the 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP, Porsche of Tucson offers all of the top-of-the-line Porsche models. Stop by and take the Porsche 911 for a spin. Even if you won’t be driving in the Le Mans series this year, you’ll get to enjoy the motorsport-inspired thrill that only Porsche can deliver.

Porsche 919 Hybrid OH

Porsche 919 Hybrid OH

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