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WEC 2015 : Première sortie pour la Porsche 919 2015

Porsche_919_2015-5Le début de la saison 2015 du WEC est dans deux mois lors du Prologue au Castellet fin mars, mais on devrait voir les autos 2015 arriver bientôt. En LMP1 c’est Porsche qui dégaine le premier et publie quelques images de la nouvelle 919 effectuant son déverminage à Weissach aux mains de Marc Lieb. La […]

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Nico Hülkenberg to race for Porsche at Le Mans

Current Formula One racer, Nico Hülkenberg will race the third Porsche 919 Hybrid in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans after Weissach announced it has signed the services of the German racer for next June’s endurance classic.

Hülkenberg, who will again race for Sahara Force India in F1 next season, will take part in Porsche’s Le Mans warm-up race at the FIA WEC Spa Six Hours before a tilt at the French endurance race.

““Porsche and Le Mans – this combination probably attracts every race driver,” the 27-year-old German explained. “I’ve been a Porsche fan for a long time and have been watching their return to the LMP1 class closely.”

Porsche will return to Le Mans in 2015 with three Porsche 919 Hybrids as it looks for its 17th win at the French endurance race.

“The desire grew to drive that car at Le Mans. I am very pleased the 2015 Formula One calendar allows for it and I’m grateful to my Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s generosity to let me go for it,” Hülkenberg continued.

Hülkenberg will become the first driver to dovetail an F1 campaign with a 24 Hours of Le Mans outing since Sebastian Bourdais in 2009. The Frenchman drove for Toro Rosso and Peugeot respectively.

The signing is somewhat of a coup for Porsche, who will be gunning for a 17th overall victory at La Sarthe in 2015, with their last win coming in 1998 with a Porsche 911 GT1-98 driven by Allan McNish, Stéphan Ortelli and Laurent Aïello.

Andreas Seidl, LMP1 team boss, says the signing of Hülkenberg validates the hard work all involved in the 919 Hybrid project.

“Having caught the interest of another world class driver like Nico is validation for the job the entire Porsche LMP1 crew had done in our first WEC season,” explained LMP1 Team Principal, Andreas Seidl.

“Now we will prepare Nico for his new challenges such as dealing with the traffic of the slower GT cars and racing into the Le Mans night. We have got a road map in place which should enable him to exploit his driving abilities at his Le Mans debut.”

Porsche has yet to reveal the identity of the other two Porsche 919 Hybrid drivers set for a seat in the third Le Mans entry however, current GT drivers, Nick Tandy, Michael Christensen and Frédéric Makowiecki are all believed to be in contention.

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What’s it like to drive the Porsche 919 Hybrid? Nick Tandy tells us…

On his debut as a fully-fledged Porsche factory driver this year, Nick Tandy helped his Porsche North America Racing team to victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona.

He followed that up with stand out performances in the FIA WEC’s Silverstone Six Hours as well as the season-closing Petit Le Mans. For his efforts, he was rewarded with a test in the Porschw 919 Hybrid LMP1 car, alongside his fellow 911 RSR teammates.

Talking to Total 911, Nick answered our questions about jumping behind the wheel of Weissach’s fastest and most complex racing car ever:

Total 911: The obvious question is how does the 919 compare to your normal experience in the 911 RSR?
Nick Tandy: There’s a big gap in lap time and the speed and acceleration is just mind blowing, but actually once you get over the initial shock of the power it’s not that much different to drive than the RSR.

It’s massively impressive as a machine and a race car, but it is still a race car with four contact patches, a steering wheel and two (rather than three) pedals. It was good though, by far and away the fastest car I’ve ever driven!

Porsche Team Manthey:Nick Tandy

Did it take you long to adapt your driving style for the higher downforce of the 919?
It takes time to find the last few percent because you’re not used to it, however it’s not that long since I was in F3 and those cars had a lot of downforce. The 919 is much heavier than a formula car thanks to all the hybrid systems, so you have to be careful with your inputs at lower speeds, but it reacts similarly in the high speed stuff. You just get there a lot quicker!

How did you get on with all the systems in the 919? It’s Porsche’s most complex racer and the steering wheel alone looks like a lot to take in…
One of the most impressive parts of the car and the test was that Porsche has made this car, with all it’s technology and complexity, and it can all be set up and programmed so that even a newbie driver with limited knowledge can jump in and operate the car to a competitive level.

Of course, we didn’t use the full range of options that the driver can play with during our limited laps, but the engineers can program different engine and hybrid system (and other) maps into the car and a lot of it is automated for the driver. The steering wheel does look complicated but actually you soon get used to what is what.

Lenkrad Porsche 919 Hybrid

When we first talked back in February, you said you wouldn’t push for a race seat in the 919. Has this test changed your mind? Or would you rather stay in the GT team?
Le Mans is the biggest race in the world. I’m not sure you’ll meet any driver that would say he’d not like the opportunity to win that race overall, so yes, I’ve shown my interest in the 919 project.

At the end of the day I race for Porsche Motorsport so I will go wherever my bosses ask me to. I love my GT racing and the competition within it, and I love my current role in the US.

Were the LMP1 team impressed by your performance in the test?
I’d like to think so, yes. I think it surprised a few people, but not all. We didn’t get invited to test the car for no reason. Marc Lieb and others before have shown that a good GT driver is a good driver.

It’s good to know that it’s not just the Porsche America team, or the WEC GT team, or just 911 fans that appreciate what we’re doing, but the whole of Porsche Motorsport.

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Cockpit und Lenkrad Porsche 919 Hybrid

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Vidéo : Marc Webber s’amuse avec le nouveau Porsche Cayenne

Devenu pilote pour Porsche en WEC, Marc Webber semble maintenant endosser le rôle d’ambassadeur de la marque de Zuffenhausen. Ainsi, après sa petite virée en 918 Spyder en compagnie de la charmante Maria Sharapova, l’Australien revient à la réalité de la vie quotidienne tout en restant fidèle à Porsche. En effet, il aurait fait du nouveau Cayenne son véhicule de tous les jours. De quoi casser la routine ?

Marc Webber s’amuse avec le nouveau Porsche… par mensquare PORSCHE : UNE BERLINETTE À MOTEUR FLAT-8 DANS LES TUYAUX ?

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Cet article Vidéo : Marc Webber s’amuse avec le nouveau Porsche Cayenne est apparu en premier sur Autonews.fr.

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