The all-new Porsche LMP1 sports prototype made its track debut today on the Porsche test track in Weissach as it prepares to make its debut in the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2014. Set to take on cars such as the Audi R18, the new Porsche LMP1 turned its first laps on the track earlier that originally planned.
Fritz Enzinger, Head of LMP1, told the reporters that the engineers well on schedule and that the team worked with utmost concentration on getting this highly complex vehicle on the track as soon as possible. Although the car looks pretty amazing for those who love the motorsport world (including 4WheelsNews team), Porsche didn’t release any details or specs of the new car, which means that we will have to wait a little and we will get them later this year.
“I was involved in the development of the new car right from the outset,” says Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard. “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.” Bernhard (32) and Dumas (35) are the first two regular drivers in the LMP1 project and will carry out the majority of testing on various international circuits.
“During the development of our new LMP1 vehicle, we faced the same challenge as in the series production development of our road legal cars,” says Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG. “Our aim was to achieve the best possible efficiency without compromising performance.” Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG, particularly emphasises the benefits customers will enjoy from the development of the high-tech race car.
“The engineers were able to start with a blank sheet of paper in the design of the new LMP1 car that was out here today on the Weissach race track for the first time. Hence, they were able to apply many new technologies within the framework of the regulations that will also benefit the customers of our road legal automobiles in the future. After all, there’s a race car in every Porsche.”