Porsche LMP1 Hits The Track

The Porsche LMP1 prototype during testing.
The Porsche LMP1 prototype during testing.
The Porsche LMP1 prototype during testing.

STUTTGART, Germany — The new Porsche LMP1 racing car is currently being put through its paces in test drives on international circuits.

Following its successful launch in June on the Porsche test track in Weissach, the prototype sports car – which has been completely redesigned – is working its way through a round of functional tests.

In the most recent test drives, Neel Jani took to the wheel for the very first time. The former Formula One test driver from Switzerland has been part of the pool of regular LMP1 drivers since July 1, 2013, and supports Timo Bernhard (Bruchmühlbach-Miesau, Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) with the testing. The fourth driver is Australian Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, who will be bolstering the Porsche LMP1 team from 2014.

Next year, the Porsche LMP1 racing car is set to take to the starting line in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“The current test drives are enabling us to collect huge amounts of vital data; every single kilometer driven is important. However, in order to develop the highly complex LMP1 racing car so that it is fit to compete by the start of next year’s season, many more kilometers of testing are required,” said Fritz Enzinger, vice president LMP1. “We are pleased with the progress being made with each test.”