Fresh off the back of the victory at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche has confirmed its current LMP1 programme through to 2018. The German manufacturer is the first to confirm its participation in the new LMP1 regulations, which come into force in 2017 and are expected to represent an evolution of the current hybrid-based framework.
“It was the revolutionary efficiency regulations that convinced us to return to top-level motorsport for the 2014 season,” said Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “The competition bears fruits and we see further potential for future synergy between the racing and road car programmes. This is why we have extended the programme.”
“We are the only ones able to generate eight megajoule of electrical energy per lap in Le Mans from our two energy recovery systems,” added Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development. “It is easy to detect that the challenge provided by the sport pushes our engineers to extreme performances.”
The Porsche 919 Hybrid of Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy and Niko Hülkenberg took a record-breaking 18th overall victory for the German marque at Le Mans this year. The Porsche Team will be looking to extend their 16-point lead in the manufacturers’ championship at the next round at the Nürburgring this weekend.
Source: Porsche Newsroom
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