Porsche LMP1 confirms 4-cyl hybrid


A four-cylinder Porsche. Not since the 968 has such a car been produced by Stuttgart, so the announcement of another is Quite Big News.

Rather different overalls from the RBR set!
Rather different overalls from the RBR set!
Especially when it's a racing car. That's correct, the 2014 LMP1 car, the car with which Porsche will make its Le Mans return, is to be a four-cylinder hybrid. Crikey.

On the day that Mark Webber completed his first laps at Portimao, a significant development in itself, Porsche revealed a few powertrain details about its WEC racer. Will the guy ever be number one? There are no details yet of capacities or outputs, but Porsche is promising 'a very efficient, high-performance hybrid drive'. It will use direct injection and a pair of energy recuperation systems, the energy stored in the battery until accessed by the driver.

Almost dropped in as a final aside, Porsche also confirmed "the development of such a highly-efficient driver will have positive influences on production development at Porsche." Clumsily put yes, but there can be little doubt a four-cylinder roadgoing Porsche is on the way; will the Macan be first?

Coming to an OPC near you soon. Kind of
Coming to an OPC near you soon. Kind of
Webber described his first Porsche LMP test as "an intense experience" with thanks offered to Red Bull for relinquishing him before his contract is officially up. Webber officially becomes a Porsche employee on 1st January. Bet he can't wait!

Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz added, "Up to this point, the entire team have performed impressively. We are finding new approaches in the development, implementation and application of leading edge efficiency technologies. This also leads to further improvements of the entire hybrid technology in our production cars. Ultimately, our customers will benefit the most." A four-cylinder hybrid Porsche SUV then; who wants one?

[Source: Autocar]

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  • AlexS 26 Dec 2013

    cmoose said:
    debateaments said:
    The only reason they bother with said series is that they could use their findings in the development of road-going cars. It has to be relevant to today's world and (unfortunately) minimum six pot petrol engines aren't.
    I don't buy that for a minute. Think there's very, very little cross pollination these days and where there is it's in the other direction.
    The turbo direct injection petrol engine was racing at Le Mans before it appeared in a road car.

  • XJ Flyer 19 Dec 2013

    rogerhudson said:
    XJ Flyer said:
    So in addition to having to drive from Calais to Le Mans without exceeding 130 kmh on a clear autoroute assuming we get there without getting nicked one of the top class LMP entries will be a 4 cylinder hybrid.That's in addition to the ASton and Corvette GT cars not being able to use their optimum engines in the form of a possible 7 litre V12 and V8.The French really are having a laugh and I certainly won't be wasting my money.
    Go to the classic Le Mans weekend to see some really great cars in action.
    +1

    I've preferred to go to that since it started with even the spectator regime being more acceptable such as in the case of being able to use the old Hanaudieres bar/cafe to spectate on the Mulsanne whereas it's closed off in the case of the 24 hours race.It would be even better if they'd raise the age cut off to include Group C cars.Which just leaves the problem that Les Flics will still be out to get us on the way there and back.lol

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr37dvMvVgs

  • Red Firecracker 19 Dec 2013

  • rogerhudson 19 Dec 2013

    XJ Flyer said:
    So in addition to having to drive from Calais to Le Mans without exceeding 130 kmh on a clear autoroute assuming we get there without getting nicked one of the top class LMP entries will be a 4 cylinder hybrid.That's in addition to the ASton and Corvette GT cars not being able to use their optimum engines in the form of a possible 7 litre V12 and V8.The French really are having a laugh and I certainly won't be wasting my money.
    Go to the classic Le Mans weekend to see some really great cars in action.

  • Some Gump 17 Dec 2013

    I read today it was a v4, but have previously understood it to be an inline 4.
    Anyone know the definate answer?

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