Η έκπληξη μπορεί να χάλασε από την χθεσινή διαρροή αλλά το αυτοκίνητο εξακολουθεί να είναι άκρως εντυπωσιακό, όπως οφείλει να είναι κάθε αγωνιστικό, οποιασδήποτε εταιρίας. Αυτό είναι λοιπόν το όχημα με το οποίο η Porsche πιστεύει πως μπορεί να νικήσει το R18 e-tron Quattro της Audi.
Μπορεί να μην είναι βαμμένο στα χρώματα της Martini όπως θα θέλαμε πολύ από εμάς αλλά αυτό έχει ελάχιστη σημασία. Τα χρώματα και ο σχεδιασμός της 919 Hybrid είναι αν μη τι άλλου πρωτότυπα αλλά αυτό που πραγματικά μετράει είναι η αεροδυναμική, που η Porsche φαίνεται πως έχει κάνει πολύ δουλειά και η αξιοπιστία.
Μένει λοιπόν να δούμε το πόσο ισχυρός και αξιόπιστος είναι ο υπερτροφοδοτούμενος δίλιτρος V4 και τα δύο συστήματα ανάκτησης ενέργειας που έχουν αναλάβει την κίνηση του Γερμανικού αγωνιστικού. Κρίνοντας με βάση την ιστορία της εταιρίας στους αγώνες πάντως, μπορούμε να πούμε πως εκτός συγκλονιστικού απροόπτου, οι Romain Dumas, Neel Jani και Marc Lieb που θα έχουν στα χέρια τους την 919 Hybrid με το νούμερο 14 και οι Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley και Mark Webber που θα οδηγούν το νούμερο 20, θα έχουν ένα ανταγωνιστικό αυτοκίνητο στη διάθεση τους. Εμείς ως θεατές, από την πλευρά μας, ελπίζουμε σε έναν συναρπαστικό αγώνα (24 ώρες του Le Mans) και ένα εξίσου συναρπαστικό πρωτάθλημα (World Endurance Championship).
Porsche at the Geneva International Motor Show
Sports car world championships in focus: 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR World premiere of the Macan S Diesel, European debut of the 911 Targa
Stuttgart. At the Geneva International Motor Show, the new Porsche 919 Hybrid is celebrating its world premiere for the top category of the 2014 World Endurance Championships (WEC). The innovative hybrid prototype will be joined by the Porsche 911 RSR at the Porsche exhibition area in Geneva as well as at all eight races of the WEC series, whose season highlight will certainly be the 24 hours of Le Mans. Porsche will also be showing the Macan S Diesel1) to the public for the first time in Geneva, and the 911 Targa2) is making its European debut.
Porsche 919 Hybrid: Cutting-edge technology benefits production cars Matthias Müller, Chairman of Porsche AG: “Crucial in the development of the Le Mans prototype were the newly created and revolutionary racing rules for this class as they relate to energy efficiency. In 2014, it will not be the fastest car that wins the World Endurance Championship series and the 24 hours of Le Mans, rather it will be the car that goes the furthest with a defined amount of energy. And it is precisely this challenge that carmakers must overcome. The 919 Hybrid is our fastest mobile research laboratory and the most complex race car that Porsche has ever built.”
The exceptional efficiency of the Porsche 919 Hybrid is the result of a carefully balanced overall concept. The sum of all of its individual components forms an effective unit: from the combustion engine to the energy recovery systems, chassis and running gear, aerodynamics and driver ergonomics. The combustion engine is a compact V four-cylinder petrol engine that also serves as a load-bearing member in the chassis. It is a frontrunner of the future-oriented downsizing philosophy features two litres of engine displacement, direct fuel injection and mono-turbocharging, the engine that turns at speeds up to 9000 rpm. The compact engine outputs around 500 hp.
In addition, the Le Mans prototype has two energy recovery systems. Fundamentally new here is a system that recovers thermal energy from exhaust gases via an electric generator driven by the exhaust gas stream. The second hybrid system has the functionality familiar from the 918 Spyder. Here, a generator on the front axle utilises braking phases to convert kinetic energy into electric energy. Lithium-ion batteries serve as the energy storage medium. When the driver needs this energy, an electric motor drives the front axle. This makes the 919 Hybrid an all-wheel drive vehicle temporarily.
A new Porsche team of over 200 employees was formed to develop and implement the Le Mans prototypes at the development centre in Weissach. Friedrich Enzinger, Head of LMP1: “Within two and one half years we built the infrastructure, assembled our team and put this highly complex race car on wheels. 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.”
Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) will share driving duties in the Porsche 919 Hybrid with starting number 14. Car number 20 will be driven by Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia).
Porsche 911 RSR: Race track icon benefits production cars At Porsche, the pursuit of maximum sporty performance with maximum energy efficiency is condensed into the core brand trait “Intelligent Performance” – it is written in bold letters on both the 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR. This prototype is not the only innovative car on the road. The 911 icon, which has successfully been reinvented in the seventh generation of the car, consistently benefits directly from motorsport developments. The rear-wheel drive 911 RSR, for example, exhibits intelligent lightweight design and refined aerodynamics. These two traits not only result in better lap times but also better fuel efficiency.
The 911 RSR, which outputs 470 hp, was first introduced in 2013. Last year, this car finished first and second in its class at the 24 hours of Le Mans, and in January 2014 Porsche celebrated a class victory at the American 24-hour classic in Daytona. The second Porsche factory team, Porsche Team Manthey, will compete with two 911 RSR race cars in the World Endurance Championship series which begins in April. Drivers Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), Marco Holzer (Germany), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Patrick Pilet (France) will compete in seven world championship events with each race lasting six hours. Richard Lietz (Austria) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) will join them for the marathon in Le Mans.
Hartmut Kristen, Head of Motorsports, and responsible for Porsche GT Motorsport and all customer sport programmes, explains: Porsche is kicking off 2014 with the most extensive motorsport programme in the company’s history: We have a total of 20 factory drivers now. Along with the factory teams in the WEC, there are two more factory 911 race cars that are being used by the Porsche Cars North America team in the new Tudor United Sports Car Championship series.” Kristen adds: “We have also put the RSR in the hands of customer teams for the first time.”
The most prominent international customer is without a doubt the US actor Patrick Dempsey of Team Dempsey Racing Proton. He will be at the starting line in Le Mans for the third time this year.
Porsche Motorsport on Twitter: News that is fast and compact @PorscheRaces is the new Twitter channel of Porsche Motorsport. Before the racing season, this brief messaging service informs you about upcoming Motorsport events by Porsche Motorsport, and during races it reports live from the box about driver changes, weather conditions, tyre selections and background information.
Porsche Macan S Diesel: Top performer in savings and sprints: Another Porsche is celebrating its world premiere in Geneva as a masterful example of intelligent performance: the Macan S Diesel. Its 258 hp (190 kW) three-litre turbocharged engine makes it a fuel-efficient version of the sportiest compact SUV. Zero to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and 6.1 litres of diesel per 100 km – these are the figures that define driving in the Macan S Diesel. They also make it a genuine long-distance sport vehicle.
Porsche 911 Targa: Innovative new edition of a classic The new 911 Targa is now appearing for the first time in a European show after its world premiere in Detroit in January. Like the classic car of 1965, the new model has a distinctive bar in place of B pillars, a moving roof section over the front seats and a wrap-around rear windscreen without C pillars. However, unlike the original Targa, the roof segment opens and closes in a spectacular sequence at the push of a button. That too is intelligent performance.
1) Fuel consumption, urban 13.9 – 11.8 l/100 km; extra-urban 7.7 – 6.9 l/100 km; combined 10.0 – 8.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 237 – 204 g/km; efficiency classes: G, F** 2) Fuel consumption, urban 6.9 – 6.7 l/100 km; extra-urban 5.9 – 5.7 l/100 km; combined 6.3 – 6.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: 164 – 159 g/km; efficiency class B
World premiere: 919 Hybrid for Le Mans
Porsche returns to the great motor sport stage. The sports car marque is sending a cutting edge technology platform, the new 919 Hybrid, to race in the top LMP1 category of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), which includes the renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans. On the race track and at the Geneva International Motor Show, the LMP1 prototype will be accompanied by the new Porsche 911 RSR, another world premiere in Geneva.
Technology transfer from race course to streets
Motor sport is as much a part of Porsche as the numeric sequence 911. The first sports car from Zuffenhausen was sent to race at Le Mans back in 1951, ie shortly after the company was founded.
Ever since, knowledge acquired in competition has benefited the company’s production models. Developments such as dual ignition, disc brakes, the dual-clutch transmission and powerful hybrid drives were first proven out on the race course before they were introduced into street models. As a result, there is always a race car within every Porsche.
In 2014, Porsche is returning to the top class of endurance racing after an absence of 16 years. Consequently, the engineers had to develop the new Porsche 919 Hybrid from scratch. The new WEC regulations for LMP1 race cars gave them an unusual degree of freedom, while focusing on such technologies with great future potential such as hybridisation, engine downsizing and a systematic approach to lightweight design. Instead of pure power, the focus is now on clever ways to enhance fuel efficiency: only those with fuel-efficient cars are competitive. For a long time now, Porsche has called this ‘Porsche Intelligent Performance.’
The 919 Hybrid is the most complex race car that Porsche has ever put on wheels. It benefits from the know-how that Porsche acquired in producing the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid super sports car, as well as the hybrid versions of the Panamera Gran Turismo and all-wheel drive Cayenne. At the same time, the LMP1 racer – as a unique test laboratory that is subjected to the unrivalled innovative and competitive pressures of motor sport – has maximum relevance when it comes to the future of sports cars.