We take a look at the new 919 Hybrid currently contesting the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. Porsche made a clean sweep of LMP1 racing in 2015, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship for both drivers and manufacturers. The 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid is an evolution of the version that debuted in 2014.
The chassis and basic engine architecture, with a two-liter turbocharged V4 assisted by a brake energy recovery system at the front and exhaust energy recuperation at the back. But the engine now uses less fuel, so it can run longer between pit stops. The aerodynamics have been made more adjustable so that the team can switch between three packages depending on the type of track they’re running.
The Porsche engineers also managed to cut the svelte racecar even more reducing its weight in 2016. And instead of the three different color liveries like last year, this season the 919 Hybrid will run under a common livery of black, white, and red.
Porsche doesn’t say specifically how much power the new 919 has, but total system horsepower is somewhere beyond 900.