Meet the new Porsche 919 Hybrid. If you’ve seen the downright savage form of the 2016 spec Audi R18, you’d be forgiven for thinking Porsche has simply sent us a few pictures of last year’s Le Mans-conquering, WEC-winning 919.
After much squinting and turning the screen upside down, though, we have managed to conclude this is indeed a new racing car.
The slimmer front nose section is probably the biggest giveaway – like its Audi enemy, the Porsche has undergone minor rhinoplasty to spew more airflow away from the cockpit and down over the flanks. Three new aerodynamic packages – the maximum number of configurations allowed in the 79-page rulebook – have been created to take advantage.
The turbocharged V4 petrol engine has been made lighter, but new fuel restrictions mean it’s slightly less powerful than last year’s car. Apparently the motor now develops just less than 500bhp, though the electric motors of the hybrid system have shouldered the burden by gaining power in response. When it’s in full discharge mode, the hybrid gubbins pump the 919 up to deliver (an albeit temporary) 900bhp.