Porsche released powertrain details on their Porsche 919 Hybrid race car, which now is set to compete in a higher-spec racing class. Last season’s 2014 Porsche 919 Hybrid was Porsche’s return to sports-prototype racing, with the 919 being the first Porsche sports-prototype since the RS Spyder made its debut in 2005. The 919 is also the first Porsche sport-prototype to compete in top-tier sportscar racing since the Porsche 911 GT1 and LMP1-98, and the first Porsche factory-backed since the GT1 and LMP1-98.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid had a solid debut in the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) season, with a few instances of failed components, a crash, and aerodynamic issues resulting in the Porsche LMP1-H team taking third place overall for manufacturers.
Now, with a reworked energy recovery system working with one-third more efficiency, the Porsche 919 Hybrid moves to the 8-megajoule category, butting heads with the dominant Audi Le Mans team’s 2015 racing car. A 2.0-liter turbocharged V-4 engine sends over 500 hp to the rear wheels, while a 400-hp electric motor powers the fronts, and derives its power from two energy recovery systems. The recovery system utilizes a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery to store bursts power from regenerative braking and converted exhaust-gas energy.
Porsche will field the 919 Hybrid in the 2015 World Endurance Championship (WEC), starting with a race at Silverstone on April 12th. During the crown event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche will field three 919 Hybrids, each with their own distinct livery, including the historic red “Salzburg” scheme made famous by the classic Porsche 917.