After quite a battle with the bean counters Porsche has this evening confirmed that they will enter a third 2015 spec 919 Hybrid for next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and the now traditional 6 Hours of Spa curtain raiser.
Porsche have already confirmed that all six of their current factory LMP1 drivers will return for the full 2015 FIA WEC with no final decisions yet made over the trio for the third car.
Porsche have tested most of their current GT factory drivers in the 2014 919 Hybrid with Messrs Makowiecki, Tandy and Christensen apparently impressing most. Porsche are also understood to have made an offer to 2014 Force India F1 man Nico Hulkenberg, though this depends on his ‘day job’ agreeing to a couple of weekends off!
Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Board, Research and Development, Porsche AG, said: “In 2014 we have been competitive immediately with the most complex and innovative race car Porsche has built so far. To date we have achieved five podium places, three pole positions and two record laps, in Shanghai and Bahrain. These are outstanding results. But this programme doesn’t just produce success on race tracks, but also on the engineering side. The target is the highest performance with maximised efficiency in ever growing dimensions. This is why we will take on the challenge with three Porsche 919 Hybrids in 2015.”
Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board Porsche AG: “Our decision to compete with a Porsche works team in the WEC’s LMP1 category proved to be the right one. This is what we feel at every race. The highly demanding motorsport programme contributes directly to the development of future sports cars for the road. For the development and testing of future hybrid systems, you can’t ask for any harder test bench than the World Endurance Championship and especially the Le Mans 24-Hours. The same goes for the newly established Porsche LMP1 crew. More than 230 people had to grow together quickly to form a strong team. The human factor is not only crucial for the men at the steering wheel, but for the entire project – and this reflects very much the Porsche philosophy.”