In the company of Volkswagen Group cousin Audi away, Porsche is now the overriding power in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as well as its signature pursuit, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Porsche succeeded the famous endurance pursuit in 2016 and 2015 and seems to lengthen that streak this year with its advanced 919 Hybrid.
Disclosed at the Monza racetrack in front of preseason testing, Porsche states the 2017 model of the 919 Hybrid is “60 to 70 percent” unlike its 2016 corresponding model. The significant variations are in the section of aerodynamics. The latest obverse end, rear air intakes, and other adjustments are intended to compensate for 2017 rule modifications that set more limitations on aerodynamic support for the top LMP1-class racing cars.
As the body may look dissimilar, the power train lefts a hybrid system found around a 2.0-liter turbocharged V4 engine. The gasoline engine forces the rear wheels, while an electric motor mounted to the front axle gives supplementary driving force. Porsche states the V4 is fine for 500 horsepower on itself, whereas the electric motor includes 400 hp and transitory all-wheel drive, but merely short bursts when the car is speeding up out of corners.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid can be able to regain power to supply its lithium-ion battery pack below both acceleration and braking. A Formula One-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) produces heat energy out of braking, giving around 60 percent of the car’s electrical production. The surplus comes from an undersized turbine fixed to the exhaust, which spins at more than 120,000 rpm and performing like a generator.
During 2017, Porsche seems to lengthen its best ever a number of Le Mans victory to 19 and shield the WEC drivers’ manufacturers’ name. It forces to do that devoid of best driver Mark Webber, who gave up at the ending of the final season. Earl Bamber will substitute Webber as a partner to Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard in one of two cars Porsche policy to tackle this season.
With Audi moved out, Porsche’s lone opponent is Toyota. The Japanese automaker almost won Le Mans last year, but a technical problem snatched success in the last minutes of the competition. Dissimilar to Porsche, Toyota will ride a third car at Le Mans this year, with two cars intended for the remaining WEC season.