Porsche has officially named its newest LMP1 race car as the 919 hybrid.
The German automaker will be participating in the 2014 Sports Car World Endurance Challenge (WEC) and has named drivers Brendon Hartley and Marc Lieb as regulars for the 919 hybrid. Additionally, Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Mark Webber have all signed on as drivers for the LMP1 project.
The 919 Hybrid will be powered by a four-cylinder engine using electric energy regeneration to deliver additional power on-demand.
Meanwhile, Porsche Motorsport GT welcomes Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki, who will be piloting a 911 RSR. In addition, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will head into its 22nd season starting on May 11, 2014 in Barcelona. A total of 10 races make up next year’s race calendar with a highlight event happening at the Russian Olympic city of Sochi.
“The vehicle name 919 hybrid follows on from the tradition of the Le Mans-winning 917, but it is also with a view to the 918 Spyder, and acknowledges the company’s embarkation into the hybrid future,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche. “Maximum efficiency in energy consumption is the directive of the new WEC regulations for the works-entered class 1 prototypes – and that is also the direction for the automobile future.”
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