Porsche LMP1 Prototype Emerges for Testing Ahead of 2014 Le Mans Debut
Much is expected of the car when it makes its official track debut next year, especially since Porsche is the company with the most Le Mans victories, 16 of them in total, the last one being in 1998. The prototype, which is yet to have an official name, was designed in-house by Porsche Motorsport and s a hybrid.
“We are well on schedule,” said Fritz Enzinger, Head of the LMP1 programme. “Our newly-formed team has worked with utmost concentration on getting this highly complex vehicle on the track as soon as possible. This allows us a few additional weeks for more testing and further development. From 2014, the regulations are primarily based on efficiency. This makes the competition amongst engineers more interesting and presents us with completely new challenges.”
“I was involved in the development of the new car right from the outset,” says Porsche factory driver Timo Bernhard (Germany). “I’m very proud that I was the one to take our baby through its first paces today. Already now the car feels great. I look forward to testing the vehicle in the coming weeks and months with my friend and colleague Romain Dumas.”
Timo Bernhard actually won Le Mans with Audi's team in 2011.
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