Porsche has successfully completed a 4000 km test of its brand new 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 car this week.
Porsche’s new-for-2015 919 Hybrid took part in a private 5 day test at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi starting last Sunday. The development program was led in part by factory drivers Timo Bernhard and Neel Jani. Also taking part were Nick Tandy and Frederic Makowiecki, who are both expected to be confirmed as Porsche 919 factory drivers in the coming weeks. Freshly minted Porsche GT driver Earl Bamber was also given seat time.
Th first half of the test was focused purely on “checking all systems and components under race speed conditions,” according to team principal Andreas Seidl. “Halfway through the test we were able to begin to work on the car’s set-up, and towards the end we also managed to do longer runs,” Seidl said.
Porsche will continue to develop the 919 Hybrid with a series of additional private tests. Another five-day test is scheduled for early February in Bahrain. During the Bahrain test, Porsche has confirmed that Mark Webber, Romain Dumas, Brendon Hartley, Marc Lieb and Nico Hulkenberg will all be given seat time.
The 2015 World Endurance Championship will kick off on April 12 at Silverstone.