Last hurrah for Porsche WEC

  The upcoming WEC finale at the Bahrain Inernational Circuit will be the final outing for Champions Porsche WEC squad and its unbeatable 919 Hybrid.

WHen it debut in 2014, the Porsche 919 Hybrid captured four pole positions and the first race win. From 2015 to date, the accolades keep rolling with three consecutive Le Mans outright victories plus three successive manufacturers’ WEC championship titles while Porsche 919 Hybrid drivers have won the drivers’ title on three occasions.

Current WEC Champion Earl Bammer (car no.2) commented about the 919 Hybrid, “Two Le Mans wins and now the championship – there is a lot I can thank Porsche for. It was very special for me to join the Porsche LMP1 program back in 2015. It was one of my first ever tasks as a Porsche works driver when Fritz and Andreas and everyone in the team believed in taking a Carrera Cup driver to Le Mans. That was amazing. I was back in the GT programme in 2016 and then becoming one of the main LMP drivers has been a fantastic year in which I was learning a lot. Stopping now feels difficult because I feel every race weekend we are getting better and better and there is still a lot more performance and a lot more than we can show. The race weekend in Bahrain will be challenging and we will give it our best. It will be very, very special to see two cars in the museum forever having my name on the side. The Porsche 919 Hybrid will always bring back special memories.”

“The entire team will experience a very emotional weekend in Bahrain. I had similar feelings with Audi last year. But I think this time it will be different for the entire paddock because an era of great competition between extremely cool hybrid sports cars is ending. I will try to enjoy every second and take all the memories with me. I want to contribute with a strong performance for a nice farewell. The Bahrain track layout is not one of my favourites, but I still like driving there. The weather usually is nice in the desert. It is a challenging race for the tyres but I think the 919 is a fast, solid car and we have the potential to win there,” said Andre Lotterer, car no.1 driver.

The Porsche 919 Hybrid develops a system power of around 900 HP (662 kW) that comes from a compact two-liter turbo charged V4-cylinder (nearly 500 HP/368 kW) engine and two different energy recovery systems, brake energy from the front axle combined with exhaust energy. The combustion engine drives the rear axle while the electro motor boosts the front axle with an output of more than 400 HP (294 kW). This way the 919 accelerates with four-wheel drive and at the same time recuperates energy again from the exhaust system that otherwise would pass unused in to the atmosphere. The electrical energy that comes from the front brakes and the exhaust system is temporarily stored in a liquid-cooled lithium ion battery.

In its final six-hour race, the Porsche 919 Hybrid will once again drive from daylight into the night on 18 November in Bahrain. The race will start at in the afternoon. Unlike at Le Mans, the drivers do not race only in the tunnel view of the car’s headlights. 5,000 floodlights illuminate the Formula One circuit until the chequered flag.