Porsche 919 Hybrid

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Porsche 919 Hybrid
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A Porsche 919 Hybrid at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans
Category Le Mans Prototype 1-H
Constructor Porsche AG
Predecessor Porsche RS Spyder
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Composite of carbon fibre with honeycomb aluminium core
Suspension (front) Independent multi-link pushrod configuration with adjustable shock absorbers
Suspension (rear) Same as front
Length 4,650 mm (183 in)
Width 1,900 mm (75 in)
Height 1,050 mm (41 in)
Engine Porsche 2.0 L (2,000 cc) direct-injected turbocharged V4 engine with lithium-ion battery for energy recovery in mid-mounted longitudinal configuration
Transmission Porsche seven-speed hydraulically-activated sequential gearbox with rear-lock differential
Weight 870 kg (1,920 lb)
(before driver or fuel)
Lubricants Mobil 1
Competition history
Notable entrants Porsche Team
Notable drivers Timo Bernhard
Romain Dumas
Brendon Hartley
Neel Jani
Marc Lieb
Mark Webber
Debut 2014 6 Hours of Silverstone
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
8 1 4 1
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Porsche 919 Hybrid is a sports-prototype racing car constructed by the German car manufacturer Porsche for use in the Le Mans Prototype 1-Hybrid (LMP1-H) category of the FIA World Endurance Championship for factory-supported hybrid-powered cars. It is the first sports-prototype built by Porsche since the RS Spyder, the first sports-prototype built by Porsche to compete in a top category of sportscar racing since the Porsche 911 GT1-98 and Porsche LMP1-98 and the first sports-prototype to be raced by Porsche as a racing team since the Porsche 911 GT1-98 and Porsche LMP1-98. It utilises a 2.0 L four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a battery-based hybrid system.[2] The car made its competitive début at the 2014 6 Hours of Silverstone, the opening round of the 2014 season.

The 919 nomenclature is a reference to the successful Porsche 917 of the 1970s, and the Porsche 918 production sports car that the company débuted in 2013.[3]

Competition history[edit]

Development (2012—2013)[edit]

Porsche made an initial announcement of the new program on 11 June 2012,[4] with Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas named as the initial development and race drivers of the car. Exactly one year after its announcement, the first test chassis completed its initial rollout.[5] The engine of the 919 utilizes a 2-litre V4 turbocharged gasoline engine with direct injection and two energy recuperation systems, with new signing, Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber, testing the car at Algarve in Portugal.[6][7] The first public showing of the car was on 14 December 2013.[3] The 919 uses a Lithium-ion battery hybrid system, and can store up to 8 MJ of energy per lap of Le Mans. The car will also have an exhaust-energy recovery system that runs through a turbine in the exhaust.[8]

Competition debut (2014)[edit]

The 919 Hybrid made its competitive debut at the 2014 6 Hours of Silverstone at the Silverstone Circuit. The #20 entry of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber finished third behind the two Toyota TS040 Hybrids, while the #14 entry of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb was forced out of the race after thirty laps.[9]

At the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, the #20 entry, driven by Mark Webber at the time, closed to within one minute of the leading #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro with an hour and a half of the race remaining when the car suffered a broken anti-roll bar. Before the hour was out, Marc Lieb was forced to pit the #14 entry with the same issue. Car #14 returned to the circuit to complete a ceremonial lap at the end of the race and was classified eleventh overall, but car #20 was unable to take to the circuit and was not officially classified as finishing, despite having completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

Complete World Endurance Championship results[edit]

In detail[edit]

Year Nat. Entrant Class Nat. Drivers No. Rounds Points WEM
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
2014 Germany Porsche Team LMP1-H France
Romain Dumas
Neel Jani
Marc Lieb
14 SIL
193 3rd
New Zealand
Timo Bernhard
Brendon Hartley
Mark Webber
20 SIL

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Technical Specs — 919 Hybrid". porsche.com. Porsche AG. 
  2. ^ "Porsche 2014 LMP1 Le Mans car testing". evo.co.uk. Evo Publications Ltd. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Works engagement with 919 hybrid and 911 RSR". Porsche.com. Porsche. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Porsche Returns to Le Mans". Porsche. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "New Porsche LMP1 completes rollout". racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mission 2014. Our Return". Porsche. Retrieved 2013-12-15. We’ve developed a compact and turbocharged two-liter four-cylinder engine. 
  7. ^ Porsche AG (2013-12-10). "Porsche completes testing with new driver Webber in Portugal". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2013-12-15. The race car features a hybrid system that consists of a four-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection and two energy recuperation systems. 
  8. ^ Watkins, Gary. "Porsche reveals details of 919 Le Mans car's engine tech". Autosport.com. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Toyota strikes as Webber finishes third in WEC thriller". Speedcafe.com. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 

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