Porsche announced that the first rollout of the second-generation 919 Hybrid took place on its test track in Weissach. The lucky driver to take the new race car for a spin was Marc Lieb, but the first meaningful test with the new 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid is already scheduled to take place from January 18 to 22 in Abu Dhabi.
There are no details regarding the upgrades carried by the new race car, but we expect to see the same 2.0-liter single-turbo V8 direct-injection petrol engine as well as the electric motor mounted on the front axle and a lithium-ion battery pack.
According to Porsche, the engine is able to rev up to 9,000 rpm and delivers all of its power to the rear wheels, while the electric motor powers the front wheels. In addition, the 919 Hybrid comes with two energy recovery systems, brake energy recuperation and thermal energy recovery system incorporated in the exhaust system.
Alexander Hitzinger, Technical Director LMP1, said: “The roll-out of a new race car is always a milestone, and anticipated with great excitement by everyone involved. It was our target to get the Porsche 919 Hybrid for the 2015 season on its wheels before Christmas, and now we have achieved this.”