The now entirely redesigned Porsche LMP1 sports prototype race car is undergoing a series of functional tests in preparation for the 2014 sports car racing season. One of those given the privilege to test drive the Porsche LMP1 sports prototype race car is former Grand Prix test driver Neel Jani from Switzerland. Jani, who has been part of the pool of regular LMP1 drivers since July 1, 2013, will perform test driving duties along with Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas.
Completing the test driving lineup is Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber, who will be a part of the Porsche LMP1 team from 2014. The Porsche LMP1 will is bound to participate next year in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and at the renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans.
According to Fritz Enzinger, vice president of the LMP1 program, the test drives for race car are allowing them to gather large amounts of vital data, adding that every single kilometer driven is important.
He remarked that more kilometers of testing are needed to make sure that the LMP1 racing car is fit to compete by the start of 2014 season. The 2014 season of the WEC will feature a new set of rules focused on efficiency and requires the use of the latest hybrid drive technology. The new rules are aimed at significantly cutting fuel consumption of the participating race cars. To comply with the rules, Porsche needs to make sure that new LMP1 could deliver optimum efficiency as well as maximum performance.
"After 16 years, we once again want to be a works team in the top category with the LMP1 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014. It is also our aim to contest the entire WEC season", says Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development. "Porsche's legacy of success in long-distances races really spurs us on, but also increases the level of expectation placed on us. However, we are happy to rise to this challenge." [source: Porsche]