The new 919 Le Mans car has been undergoing trials at the Paul Ricard circuit
These test sessions mark the first time the car has been on track in its full competition livery
The 919 Hybrid is powered by a newly developed single-turbo 2.0-litre V4 direct-injection petrol engine
Mark Webber has been driving the Porsche 919 during testing at Paul Ricard
Porsche says its new 919 hybrid racer has undergone 2000 hours of wind tunnel testing
The Porsche 919 hybrid racer can, temporarily, become four-wheel drive
Among the 919's scheduled outings is the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in June
The 919 Hybrid is understood to weigh around 870kg – the minimum for the LMP1 class
Regulations state that the car cannot exceed 4650mm in length, 1900mm in width and 1050mm in height
Mark Webber will be partnered with New Zealander Brendon Hartley and 30-year-old Swiss driver Neel Jani
The trials will allow Porsche to see how the 919 endures competition-like conditions
LMP1 regulations grant a maximum fuel allowance of 4.64 litres per lap
The car was previously revealed in full at the Geneva motor show
Porsche's 911 RSR racer was on display alongside the 919
The car will be driven by a team including former F1 driver Mark Webber
The engine forms part of the car's load bearing structure
The 919 Hybrid will compete in the 2014 World Endurance Championship
A pair of the Porsche LMP1 racers will be driven in motorsport events
The 919 Hybrid boasts two energy recuperation systems
The car will race on track alongside the Porsche 911 RSR
An electric motor is mounted within the front axle...
...which grants the car temporary four-wheel drive
The engine is claimed to rev to 9000rpm and drives the rear wheels
An innovative thermal energy recovery system is housed within the exhaust system
The car's final competition livery was also revealed at the Geneva motor show
Viewed from the above, the intentions of the livery's design becomes evident
The 919 is Porsche's latest race car
The car will return the company to the premiere class of the Le Mans 24 Hour race in June
Regulations state that the car can weigh no less than 870kg
Porsche has begun testing its 2014 World Endurance Championship contender, the 919 Hybrid, at the Paul Ricard circuit in France today.
The car was unveiled to the public at the Geneva motor show in March, but this marks its first time on track in its racing colours.
Porsche's new petrol-electric hybrid-powered prototype has been constructed to the latest LMP1 regulations, which stipulate the car must not exceed 4650mm in length, 1900mm in width and 1050mm in height and weigh no less than 870kg.
Described as the most complex Porsche race car ever, the 919 Hybrid is powered by a newly developed single-turbo 2.0-litre V4 direct-injection petrol engine that forms a load-bearing function within the chassis. It is claimed to rev to 9000rpm and drives the rear wheels.
The combustion engine is supported by an electric motor mounted within the front axle that uses lithium-ion batteries. The electric motor provides drive to the front wheels when activated, giving the 919 Hybrid temporary four-wheel-drive capability.
Porsche’s latest race car, which will return the company to the premiere class of the Le Mans 24 Hour race in June, boasts two different energy recovery systems, including brake energy recuperation and an innovative thermal energy recovery system housed within the exhaust system.
Porsche’s engineers have developed the 919 Hybrid with an eight-Megajoule-per-lap energy recovery boost function, the highest figure permitted under the latest LMP1 regulations, which grant a maximum fuel allowance of 4.64 litres per lap.
Porsche claims the 919 Hybrid has undergone over 2000 hours of wind tunnel testing both at the company’s new wind tunnel facility in Weissach and at the University of Stuttgart.
Among the drivers assembled by Porsche for its two-strong 919 Hybrid assault on the 2014 World Endurance Championship is former Red Bull F1 driver, Mark Webber. The 37-year-old Australian will be partnered in one car by 24-year-old New Zealander Brendon Hartley and 33-year-old German Timo Bernhard.
The second car will be piloted by 33-year-old German Marc Lieb together with 36-year-old French ace Romain Dumas and 30-year-old Swiss driver Neel Jani.