Porsche 919 Hybrid: Paul Richard Makes Final Preperations ahead of WEC

Porsche 919 Hybrid WEC Team

Published by Autobahn Buzz (Porsche 919 Hybrid)

Stuttgart. For the Porsche Team the final preparation for the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) has already begun. The team checked its recently produced Porsche 919 Hybrid, entered into in the leading course of Le Mans Prototypes, for three days (March 24-26) at the Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France.

For the initial time the innovative hybrid LMP1 nationality automobiles have appeared in their final livery on a race course. The visuals in the layout reveals the initial letters of Porsche’s market center “Porsche Intelligent Performance”. On Friday in Paul Ricard the WEC Prologue begins, the very first conference of all the World Championship autos is looked upon with great anticipation.

Porsche 919 Hybrid WEC

Season preparations in final stages: Porsche 919 Hybrid in Paul Ricard

Throughout Porsche’s exclusive test on the 5.791 kilometre long track all 6 LMP1 drivers were on duty. Both vehicle driver line-ups, Romain Dumas/Neel Jani/Marc Lieb (car number 14) and Timo Bernhard/Brendon Hartley/Mark Webber (car number 20) completed an extensive test class. The class was cut off a number of times as a result of technological problems, however, nevertheless, the test was extremely productive, including evening running and numerous pit stop practice sessions.

Pual Ricard driving the Porche 919 HybridDespite the sturdy and chilly Mistral winds early in the week on the circuit, which is 470 meters above sea level, the group appreciated outstanding testing challenges. With ambient temperature levels from as reduced as four levels during the night and around 12 degrees in the day (track temperature levels 4-23 ° C) the circuit was completely dry, except for some light nighttime drizzle on one occasion. Together both 919 Hybrid autos covered a mileage of 4,756 kilometers.

Porsche 919 Hybrid with Paul Richard Makes Final Preperations

Group principal Andreas Seidl: “This examination was an extremely tough one for the entire team. For the initial time we were running two vehicles at the exact same time, which required careful and precise team coordination. The next two days of testing right here in Paul Ricard, during the Prologue, will be utilized to greatly tune and refine both the automobile’s set up, as well as the team’s pit stop and working processes.”
After the Prologue, the  entire WEC area on March 28 and 29, the preliminary of the World Championship will certainly comply on April 20. It is the 6 Hours of Silverstone (Great Britain). Porsche looks forward to competing with the all new Porsche 919 Hybrid this season.

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