Le Mans 24 Hours

Porsche Reveals New LMP1 Prototype

The high-tech hybrid race car is on track to Le Mans 2014.

After a fifteen year absence, Porsche will return to Le Mans this year with a new 911 GT3 RSR. The carmaker will race itself in the GTE class. However in 2014, all eyes will be on the new top-tier hybrid LMP1 racer a factory-backed team intends to field. The new Porsche LMP1 sports prototype recently completed its first rollout on the Porsche test track in Weissach ahead of schedule as it prepares to compete in the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans from next year.

Porsche’s Motorsport Center has been expanded to accommodate 200 employees whose sole focus has been on the design, assembly and deployment of the LMP1 car ever since Porsche decided to compete for the overall victory at Le Mans. The last time it claimed that title was in 1998 with the 911 GT1. In case you're wondering why it bothers. Consider this: new technologies that go into the high-tech race car will eventually benefit the automaker’s road cars. Like it says “there’s a race car in every Porsche.”

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