The 2017 version of the Porsche 919 Hybrid was spotted today at Paul Ricard at the back-end of a GT test day.
According to people on site, the car only covered one or two laps before being parked in its pits. It is the fourth significant iteration of the 919 since the car’s launch in 2014.
The car’s 2017 aero package is significantly different to last year’s. Most noticeable changes include a larger front fender and protuberant front headlights. The design of the car’s side pods also reflect some significant work on the cooling and the air flow of the car. Theca also features no apparent mirrors, possibly following the last iteration of Audi R18 in having mirrors embedded into the front wheel arches.
The livery of the car has significantly changed from the one used last year. The car in shot is sporting a mainly white colour scheme, thought it remains to be seen as to whether it’s the final product.
It is not clear at this stage whether the car was is in its Le Mans aero configuration for this test, though the size of the lighting pod would seem to indicate that this is a car intended to be run in darkness!
This Porsche 919 will be in Monza next week-end for the Prologue of the WEC.
Photos courtesy of Y7Photography