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2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid news, pictures, specifications, and information
World debut of the new 919 Hybrid: Two days before the official Prologue for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Paul Ricard, France, Porsche is presenting its race car for this season. Strong development characterises the new 919 Hybrid' technology. The powertrain became even more efficient, the aerodynamics were even more specific for the various race tracks and the weight of single components was even more reduced. 'The over 900 hp strong Le Mans Prototype is ready for the title defence,' said Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1.

Even the livery of the Porsche 919 Hybrid's third generation represents an evolution: In its debut year, 2014, the 919 was white and sported the claim 'Porsche Intelligent Performance'. The first letters of this slogan were also on the 2015 racing cars wîth their background colours of white, red and black. In 2016, all three colours melt together into a new design.

Also new are the car numbers: In 2015 a one-two result at the Le Mans 24-hour race was achieved. Porsche won the manufacturers' World Championship title. Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AÚ) became the Drivers' World Champions and will now race wîth the number 1 on their car. The sister car of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) will carry the number 2.

The most important features of the new 919 Hybrid at a glance: For the first time Porsche fully exploits the WEC regulations by deploying three different aerodynamic packages to make the car best suit to the respective race tracks. Three aerodynamic specifications are the maximum allowed. The weight of the four-cylinder turbo engine, as well as its fuel consumption, could be further reduced. The two energy recovery systems of the hybrid drive have been improved in terms of efficiency. For 2016, also the components of the electric drive have become even more powerful and efficient. That applies for the optimised electric motor at the front axle, the power electronics and the new generation of lithium-ion battery cells in the in-house developed battery. A new front axle allows for more set-up options, while the intense tyre development wîth partner Michelin made a refined overall set-up for the new 919 Hybrid possible.

World debut of the new 919 Hybrid: Two days before the official Prologue for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Paul Ricard, France, Porsche is presenting its race car for this season. Strong development characterises the new 919 Hybrid' technology. The powertrain became even more efficient, the aerodynamics were even more specific for the various race tracks and the weight of single components was even more reduced. 'The over 900 hp strong Le Mans Prototype is ready for the title defence,' said Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 500 hp

7-speed Sequential
Even the livery of the Porsche 919 Hybrid's third generation represents an evolution: In its debut year, 2014, the 919 was white and sported the claim 'Porsche Intelligent Performance'. The first letters of this slogan were also on the 2015 racing cars wîth their background colours of white, red and black. In 2016, all three colours melt together into a new design.


Also new are the car numbers: In 2015 a one-two result at the Le Mans 24-hour race was achieved. Porsche won the manufacturers' World Championship title. Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AÚ) became the Drivers' World Champions and will now race wîth the number 1 on their car. The sister car of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) will carry the number 2.

The most important features of the new 919 Hybrid at a glance: For the first time Porsche fully exploits the WEC regulations by deploying three different aerodynamic packages to make the car best suit to the respective race tracks. Three aerodynamic specifications are the maximum allowed. The weight of the four-cylinder turbo engine, as well as its fuel consumption, could be further reduced. The two energy recovery systems of the hybrid drive have been improved in terms of efficiency. For 2016, also the components of the electric drive have become even more powerful and efficient. That applies for the optimised electric motor at the front axle, the power electronics and the new generation of lithium-ion battery cells in the in-house developed battery. A new front axle allows for more set-up options, while the intense tyre development wîth partner Michelin made a refined overall set-up for the new 919 Hybrid possible.

Like in Formula 1, the Porsche 919 Hybrid monocoque is a carbon-fibre sandwich construction that is manufactured as a single unit. The monocoque, combustion engine and transmission as one unit ensure optimal rigidity. While the V4 engine fulfils a load-bearing function within the chassis, the hydraulically operated sequential 7-speed racing gearbox made of aluminium is mounted in a carbon structure. For 2016, the gearbox and gearbox mounting remain structurally identical. The focus for development on the gearbox was on weight reduction.

For even better driving dynamics, balance, traction, grip and set-up options, the Porsche 919 Hybrid received a new front axle and an optimised rear axle for 2016. After intense testing in February, an increase in performance on the part of the Michelin tyres is expected.

Porsche took a three-pronged approach to aerodynamic improvements for the first time in 2016. Úntil now, Porsche settled on a compromise for the season-opening round of the World Championship and campaigned the 919 wîth lower downforce than would have been ideal for the Silverstone circuit. This compromise was for the sake of the season highlight at Le Mans. The French racetrack wîth its long straights requires very low drag, which means downforce must be limited to what is absolutely necessary. In 2016 the 919 will start the season running a high downforce package. It will be tackling Le Mans wîth an extremely low downforce configuration and will have another high downforce package for the following six WEC races. The regulations prohibit more than three aerodynamic configurations per year.

The changes to the aerodynamics were driven by further improvements in efficiency and more stable handling in different driving situations. Influences such as side winds, changes in balance under cornering as well as yaw and roll angles were further reduced.

Source - Porsche
 
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