2014 Porsche LMP1 sports prototype makes its track debut

Article by Christian A., on June 12, 2013

Porsche has successfully rolled out its new LMP1 sports prototype at its test track in Weissach. Bound to be fielded in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans starting 2014, the prototype was test driven by Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard before the watchful eyes of some of the company’s board members.

The planned test drive on the circuit was several weeks earlier than planned, thereby allowing LMP1 Head Fritz Enzinger to state that the project is well on schedule. He remarked that his team is well-focused on getting the new LMP1 racer on the track as soon as possible. Since the track rollout came weeks earlier than planned, the test has more than enough time for more testing and further development.

Enzinger noted that starting 2014, regulations would favor efficiency, thereby making the competition amongst engineers more interesting while presenting new challenges.

Ever since Porsche decided in mid-2011 to return to top motorsport as a works project, its Motorsport Center at Weissach has made considerable growth. For instance, Porsche has constructed a workshop and an administration building as well as hired around 200 employees to take care of the design, assembly and deployment of the racer.

Starting in the 2014 season, the new LMP1 racer will commence its campaign. But before that, it will undergo a series of tests on various international circuits. During these tests, the new racer will be piloted by Bernhard – who takes pride in being part of the car’s development – and Romain Dumas. Both Bernhard and Dumas are the first two regular drivers in the LMP1 project.

Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG, remarked that the challenge they faced in the series production development of road legal cars is the same in the LMP1 project -- to achieve the best possible efficiency sans any compromise in performance.

Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG, highlighted the advantages that customers would get from the development of the LMP1 car. He remarked that in the development of the new LMP1 race car, Porsche’s engineers were able to apply several new technologies -- within the framework of the regulations -- that will eventually found their way into its road legal cars in the future. He added that there’s a race car in every Porsche.

Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG serving as the only sales and service provider for the carmaker’s customer sports programs in North America. Porsche is considered as the largest producer of race cars, offering a wide array of vehicles from the 911 GT3 Cup car to the 911 GT3 RSR. These models are sold by PMNA to customer teams in North America, while providing parts and service in and out of races.

Based in Atlanta, Ga., Porsche Cars North America Inc. (PCNA) serves as the exclusive importer of Porsche sports cars -- the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sports sedan – to the United States. A wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, PCNA has a 220-people strong workforce who takes care of providing parts, service, marketing and training for its 190 dealers in the country. These dealers are expected to provide customers with a best-in-class experience, in line with Porsche’s 63-year history and leadership in terms of performance, safety and efficiency.

Topics: porsche, race car

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