FIA World Endurance Challenge contender receives hi-tech gasoline-electric driveline
By: Greg Kable on March 4, 2014
Porsche has released the very first official photos of its liveried 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans contender, the 919 Hybrid — the auto with which the German producer will this yr use in its quest to return to the winners’; circle in June’;s endurance-racing classic in France.
Set to type the centerpiece of Porsche’;s stand at this week’;s Geneva motor demonstrate, the new carbon-fiber intensive gasoline-electrical hybrid powered race auto is constructed to the most recent LMP1-class regulations, which stipulate it must not exceed 183.1 inches in length, 74.8 inches in width and 41.3 inches in height, as nicely as boasting a minimum excess weight of one,918 lbs.
Described as the most complex race car Porsche has ever constructed, the 919 Hybrid is powered by a newly created turbocharged 2.-liter V4 direct-injection gasoline engine that types a load-bearing perform inside of the chassis. Porsche claims it revs to 9,000 rpm, and the engine drives the rear wheels.
The combustion engine is supported by an electrical motor inside of the front axle, along with a lithium-ion battery. They provide drive to the front wheels when activated, offering the 919 Hybrid short-term all-wheel drive capability.
Porsche’;s newest race automobile, which will return the business to the premiere class at Le Mans in June, boasts 2 various energy recovery techniques, such as brake power recuperation and an revolutionary thermal vitality recovery technique housed inside the exhaust method.
Porsche’;s engineers have developed the 919 Hybrid with an 8 megajoule per-lap energy recovery enhance perform, the maximum permitted below the most recent LMP1 regulations. This supplies it with a greatest fuel allowance of 1.2 gallons (U.S.) per lap at Le Mans.
Porsche says the 919 Hybrid has undergone much more than 2,000 hours of wind tunnel testing each at the company’;s new wind tunnel facility in Weissach and at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.
The cars’; conservative livery boasts small sponsorship cladding and features an “art car”-design theme: Viewed from above, it reads partially, “Porsche Intelligent Overall performance,” a nod to the program’;s “green” philosophy and high-tech drivetrain.
The No. twenty 919 Hybrid will be piloted by former Red Bull Racing F1 driver Mark Webber. The 37-12 months-old Australian will be partnered by 24-yr-old New Zealander Brendon Hartley and 33-12 months-old German Timo Bernhard. Porsche’;s No. 14 919 Hybrid will be driven by thirty-12 months-outdated Swiss ace Neel Jani, 33-yr-old German Marc Lieb and 36-yr-old Frenchman Romain Dumas.
The 2014 Globe Endurance Championship kicks off with a 6 hour race at the Silverstone Circuit in the U.K. on April 20.
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