The main target was tyre testing with partner Michelin. Furthermore, new components on the Porsche 919 Hybrid for the 2016 season have been tested. The program included aerodynamic comparisons as well as testing the latest developments on the powertrain, including the hybrid system.
After drivers Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb completed 2,059 kilometers in three days at Yas Marina earlier in February, the new drivers’ WEC trio of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber were on duty for five days and covered 4,142 km. The team spent busy days testing the various Michelin tyres. In the 2016 WEC three different slick tyres will be used. Their names are soft cold, soft hot and soft hot plus, and cover a range in track temperatures from cool to very hot. At Yas Marina, the team had to find out which of the two constructions on offer would suit the 919 best. Furthermore, for each of the three tyres three to four different compounds were available. The team also had to choose one for the upcoming season.
At the end of the eight days, the team were generally pleased with the outcome on the demanding and important task to make the right choices out of the variety of tyres. The conditions at Yas Marina were consistent, as were the temperatures, to get reliable results. “Tyre testing is a special discpline. the comparison changes to the car are very limited because they would falsify the results. You have to strictly separate tyre testing from the car’s development. In the end, of course, both have to be brought together and work well as a package,” Team Principal Andreas Seid commented.
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