As the 2013 development program of the new Porsche LMP1 comes to an end, the German car maker confirmed technical specification of the show stopping race car. During the last test session of the year, ex-F1 driver and the new Porsche hotshot Mark Webber made his debut behind the wheel of the LMP1.
Even though Mark is still under Red Bull contract, the F1 team kindly allowed him to conduct these initial tests. As you know, this year Webber, 37, officially retires from Formula 1 to join Porsche in their quest to win the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours. Webber will join Timo Bernhard (32), Romain Dumas (35) and Neel Jani (30) to form a killer driver lineup.
As for the specs of the 2014 Porsche LMP1, It’s got a high-performance hybrid drive, consisting of a four-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection and two energy recuperation systems. There is an electric motor on the front axle which effectively makes the car four-wheel-drive.
Porsche engineers had their works cut out trying to comply with FIA rules regarding the amount of fuel as well as the electrical energy or boost. But they believe that what they achieved with the LMP1 project will have positive influences on the development of production sports cars at Porsche.
Commenting on his first drive in the Porsche LMP1, Mark Webber said: “My first day in this fascinating project was an intense experience for me. I would like to thank Red Bull Racing for giving me the chance to join the project so early. This is a major and important step for us all. It allows me to integrate with the team quicker and to contribute to further developing the LMP1 race car. We have a long way to go and it involves a lot of hard work. I have no misconceptions about this.”