Thursday, 13 June 2013

Porsche give 2014 LMP1 contender it's first run

Porsche has rolled out the car they will compete in the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans in Weissach this week. Factory driver Timo Bernhard was the driver as the new LMP1 took to Porsche's test track for it's first run.

Very little is known about the car, which bares something of a resemblance to Audi's current challenger, but we do know that it has been developed by a dedicated team of over 200 personnel at a purpose built facility at Porsche's motorsport headquarters in the south of Germany. The car's first run comes as something of a shock with the program running ahead of schedule after a July roll out was initially predicted.

Porsche will be hoping that this new car will be able to challenge the dominant force of Audi and challenge for the Stuttgart marque's 17th overall victory in the French classic, the last of which came in 1998 with the 911 GT1-98.

So far only Romain Dumas, as well as Bernhard have been confirmed as drivers for the new project, with Formula One Driver Mark Webber also linked to a Le Mans return with Porsche. The Australian last raced at Le Mans in 1999 with Mercedes-Benz, flipping the car twice in what was a dismal event for the team.

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