The car had its first test run at Porsche's Weissach test track
The car is due to compete at Le Mans next year
200 employees are responsible for the design, assembly and deployment of the car
Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas have become its first two regular drivers
Development is "well on schedule" says Porsche
The new Porsche LMP1 prototype has completed its first test run at Porsche's test track near Stuttgart.
The car, which will compete in the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans next year, finished its first laps on the Weissach track several weeks earlier than planned.
Head of the LMP1 programme Fritz Enzinger said: "We are well on schedule. 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.”
Around 200 employees at Porsche's Motorsport Centre have been given responsibility for the design, assembly and deployment of the racing car.
Since Porsche made the decision to return to endurance motorsport as a works team in mid-2011, the centre has had to expand alongside Porsche's ambitions.
The LMP1 prototype now faces a gruelling testing schedule on various international circuits, with Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas becoming its first two regular drivers.