Jun 12, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT
Porsche has unveiled its LMP1 challenger for the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, following a successful rollout on Porsche’s test track in Weissach, Germany.
The LMP1 racer turned its first laps on the circuit several weeks earlier than originally planned. “We are well on schedule,” Fritz Enzinger, Porsche”s head of LMP1, said in a release. “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. From 2014, the regulations are primarily based on efficiency. This makes the competition amongst engineers more interesting and presents us with completely new challenges.”
Two of Porsche’s Works drivers, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, are the first announced drivers for the car, which will race at Le Mans and the entirety of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. It will be a Works effort run out of Weissach.
“I was involved in the development of the new car right from the outset,” Bernhard said. “I’m very proud that I was the one to take our baby through its first paces today. Already now the car feels great. I look forward to testing the vehicle in the coming weeks and months with my friend and colleague Romain Dumas.”
This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place in a little more than week, on June 22-23. The 56 cars entered completed a test day at the Circuit de la Sarthe on Sunday.