Porsche's 2017 919 LMP1

Le Mans News

Following this morning’s Toyota reveal, Porsche has followed suit this lunchtime. 

The V4 turbo-charged powerplant remains, and combines with the energy recovery systems to produce the best part of 1000hp. 

“For the 2017 season, 60 to 70 per cent of the vehicle is newly developed,” says team principal Andreas Seidl. “The basic concept of the 919 Hybrid still offers scope to optimise the finer details and further boost efficiency. The monocoque has remained unchanged since 2016, but the optimisation potential of all other components was analysed and, in most cases, adjustments made accordingly.” 

Porsche has resisted the temptation of a third car for 2017, but has shuffled its driver line-up. Andre Lotterer joins from departed sister brand Audi, Nick Tandy steps up to partner him and serial pole-setter Neel Jani. The number two sees Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard joined by Tandy’s fellow 2015 Le Mans winner Earl Bamber.

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