First look: 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid racer



Porsche is seeking more victories in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season and has released photos of the updated car it hopes will achieve that goal.

The 2015-spec LMP1 919 features a few changes from the first-generation model. Besides revised bodywork and mechanicals, it is again powered by a 2.0-liter V4 turbo with an electric motor powering the front wheels, plus two energy recovery systems. A redesigned front end features a full-width horizontal intake, with a nose flaring back to the windshield. The sides are more complicated, with a series of fins behind the driver compartment to to help guide airflow.

According to a factory press release, “Extensive testing with the second generation of Porsche’s Le Mans prototype will begin on January 18, on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. As scheduled, this marks the start of the 2015 motorsport season for the Porsche Team. The new Porsche 919 Hybrid has already had its roll-out on the Weissach test track. As a next step, there will be several performance and endurance tests before the WEC season opener on April 12 in Silverstone, Great Britain.”