Following on from the news that Porsche will be returning to World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014, the company today revealed that the LMP1 sports prototype has completed its first rollout with Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard behind the wheel.
Prepared at the Weissach Motorsport Centre outside of Stuttgart in new workshops and premises housing around 200 employees, the closed-cockpit machine turned its first laps on the circuit several weeks earlier than originally planned. “Our newly formed team has worked with utmost concentration on getting this highly complex vehicle on the track as soon as possible. This allows us a few additional weeks for more testing and further development,” commented Fritz Enzinger, Head of LMP1.
“The engineers were able to start with a blank sheet of paper in the design of the new LMP1 car that was out here today on the Weissach race track for the first time. Hence, they were able to apply many new technologies within the framework of the regulations that will also benefit the customers of our road legal automobiles in the future. After all, there’s a race car in every Porsche,” said Porsche CEO Matthias Müller.
“I’m very proud that I was the one to take our baby through its first paces today,” said Bernhard who will be joined by Romain Dumas to carry out the majority of the testing at various international circuits throughout this year.