Porsche LMP1 Racer Hits the Track for Initial Tests

Porsche LMP1 Racer Hits the Track for Initial Tests

The all-new Porsche LMP1 race car continues to prepare for the 2014 racing season and has begun going through its initial test drives on international tracks.

Following successful testing at Porsche’s test track in Weissach, the Le Mans prototype is now working its way through a round of functional tests. In the most recent test drives, Neel Jani climbed into the cockpit for the first time.

The Porsche LMP1 race car is scheduled to compete in next year’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) series, including the Le Mans 24 Hours race. The current test drives are allowing the team to gather plenty of data on its race car to get it ready for next race season.

A new set of rules for the 2014 WEC season focus on efficiency and require the use of the latest hybrid drive technology for Porsche. Of course, all the technology and data gained from Porsche’s race program will benefit its production road cars.

“After 16 years, we once again want to be a works team in the top category with the LMP1 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014. It is also our aim to contest the entire WEC season”, says Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development. “Porsche’s legacy of success in long-distances races really spurs us on, but also increases the level of expectation placed on us. However, we are happy to rise to this challenge.”

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