Mark Webber early made Porsche LMP1 testing; the Australian got his first taste of Porsche’s 2014 World Endurance Championship candidate at the Algarve circuit this week.
The Porsche LMP1 completed its final test laps of the year on the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve near Portimão, Portugal. Testing will resume in early 2014. Porsche AG will field two LMP1 race cars in the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) which starts in April 2014, with the Le Mans 24 Hours as the highlight of the season.
The WEC regulations stipulate that manufacturers run hybrid vehicles in the highest class for Le Mans Prototypes (LMP1). In developing the all-new LMP1 race car featuring a very efficient, high-performance hybrid drive, Porsche’s engineers are faced with major challenges that can only be solved using innovative solutions.
Webber said: “My first day in this fascinating project was an intense experience for me and I would like to thank Red Bull Racing for giving me the chance to join the project so early.
“This is a major and important step for us all. It allows me to integrate with the team quicker and to contribute to further developing the LMP1 race car.”
Porsche LMP1 programme chief Fritz Enzinger explained that “significant progress” had been made over the course of the testing.
Porsche LMP1 testing, December 2013″Every single kilometre has been important, providing us with new data that brought development forward,” he said.
“Our efforts will continue unabated in 2014 – until the start of the season at Silverstone mid-April there is still a lot to do.”