The Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 car has eschewed the famous ‘Martini’ racing colours and uses a minimalist black and white design instead. And like all the front-runners at the famous 24 hour race it features a closed cockpit and massive aero rear wing.
Alongside the 919, Porsche also presented the 911 RSR hybrid – and the size comparison between the two shows just how compact the 200mph + LMP1 cars really are.
As has been widely reported, the new 919 uses a radical new 2.0-litre V4 petrol engine coupled to an electric motor and hybrid system – which should set it apart from the diesel-electric Audi LMP1 car that dominated at last year’s race.
The engine gains extra power from a Formula One-style KERS energy recovery system and trick exhaust recirculation and its full performance potential will be revealed at an official event at the Geneva show, with ex-F1 driver Mark Webber – who is set to drive the 919 at Le Mans – in attendance.
The brand’s return to Le Mans after a long absence has been designed to validate the sporting credentials of a four-cylinder engine – with a four-cylinder version of the Macan, Boxster and Cayman all due to go on sale within the next two years.