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Porsche Previews 2015 919 Hybrid LMP1 Car, Promises More Versatile Car Next Year

Hopefully that also means more reliable.

Porsche would never come out and say this, but reliability issues cost the works team a real chance at victory at Le Mans this year. Admitting to reliability issues in an endurance racing series is like begging people not to buy your cars, no matter how obvious the issue was, e.g. one of your cars failing to complete the race. But we know that the 919 Hybrid is capable of much more, partly from other races and partly because of strong qualifying at Le Mans.

So Porsche has now previewed next year’s version of the car, saying that it has been thoroughly reworked to be more “versatile.” We’re hoping that’s code for “reliable” if Porsche wants to compete with Audi and Toyota. As before, the car is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter V4 (yes, you read that right) connected to two different energy recovery systems. It is an impressive feat of engineering, comparable to only a few other vehicles in the world, and will likely influence future high-performance road cars for many years to come.

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