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Published on April 9th, 2016 | by Jo Borrás

Quick Look: Porsche 919 Hybrid LeMans Race Engine

April 9th, 2016 by  


“Right from the beginning we had a brave concept,” says Alexander Hitzinger, the chief technical director behind the Porsche 919 LeMans racer that contested LeMans and won the 2015 World Endurance Championship. “It was also the right concept. This is paying off now.”

For 2016, Porsche has refined their 919 challenger’s concept by modifying the car’s 2.0 liter, 90-degree V4 engine. Instead of a single large, energy-recovery unit built into the turbocharger supplying power to the car’s hybrid battery, the 2016 version of the Porsche 919 uses two recovery systems complete the power unit. The first is located in the front axle, drawing power from transition braking, and the second recuperates thermal energy from the car’s exhaust system. Together, the 2.0 liter engine and electric motors combine to deliver more than nine-hundred horsepower. (!)

You can hear the roar of the latest 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid as it runs in pre-season testing in the video, below, then take a look at some detailed photos of the car’s revolutionary V4 LeMans engine in the photo gallery below that. Enjoy!


Video: Porsche 919 Hybrid in Testing

Porsche 919 Hybrid Race Engine

Porsche 919 Hybrid Race Engine

Porsche 919 Hybrid Race Engine

Porsche 919 Hybrid Race Engine

Source | Images: Porsche, via GT Speed.

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