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Porsche debuts 919 Hybrid

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Porsche unveiled its new 919 Hybrid race car at the Geneva International Motor show today, a prototype race car with a 500-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter V4 and an electric motor that will compete in the 2014 World Endurance Championship.

The gasoline-powered V4 drives the rear wheels, and the electric motor, mounted at the front axle, powers the front wheels through a differential. Two hybrid systems pump energy into the water-cooled lithium-ion battery packs: an exhaust-gas powered electric generator and a brake energy recuperation system. The driver can use the electric motor for a burst of all-wheel-drive acceleration.

Porsche created a team of 200 employees to handle the development of the prototype race car, from implementing the development center in Weissach to completing development of the actual car.

“Within two-and-a-half years we built the infrastructure, assembled our team, and put this highly complex race car on wheels,” says Friedrich Enzinger, Porsche’s Head of LMP1. “We have the greatest respect for the lead our competitors have in racing experience. Our objective in the first year is simple: to finish races and be competitive.”

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