Developing the Porsche LMP1’s hybrid drivetrain

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Porsche LMP1 hybrid drivetrain
Porsche has released this video explaining the process involved when it comes to developing the all-new hybrid engine for the company’s forthcoming LMP1 sports prototype.

As with Audi’s R18 e-tron quattro, Porsche’s vehicle will use a combustion engine to drive the rear wheels along with an electric motor powering the front axle. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid also utilized a similar set-up that harnessed kinetic energy via an electric flywheel accumulator.

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 back in June and will be ready to compete in next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Porsche works driver Romain Dumas will be joined on the grid in 2014 by Timo Bernhard, Neel Jani and Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who retires from F1 following the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 24.

Porsche has also launched a dedicated microsite documenting the car’s development.

[Source: Porsche]

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