There will be an all-new Porsche LMP1 car on the grid for next season’s FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), still likely bearing the 919 Hybrid moniker.
The automaker has no plans of dramatically changing the hybrid powertrain in the new LMP1 car, but will produce a newly monocoque, at the least. Porsche is also looking to increase the level of energy recovery in the new prototype from the 6 mega-joule division, to 8 mega-joules. The current 919 racer that Porsche ran this year in the WEC had been planned for the 8 MJ division, but it was found in testing that the existing hybrid system was not capable of recovering that level of energy.
“It was always the plan that we would do a new tub and redesign the car based on what we’d learned in the first year of racing. We are a new design team and we can’t be expected to correctly optimize our first design shot,” said Porsche LMP1 Technical Director Alex Hitzinger, as seen from our friends at RACER.
The new Porsche LMP1 car is due for initial testing toward the end of 2014.