The German marque has taken the wraps off its 2014 Le Mans racer at the Geneva motor show, signalling a return to the endurance race, which it last won in 1998.
> The 919 Hybrid vehicle will be eligible to enter the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship, taking on the likes of Audi and Bentley at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The drive system is based on a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that revs to an almighty 9,000rpm and uses a single turbocharger for extra oomph. In accordance with new regulations, the 919 also features two energy recovery systems, one that takes thermal energy from the exhausts and turns it into electric charge and another using a generator to convert kinetic energy into electricity.
This juice is then fed back into lithium-ion batteries that drive powerful motors in the front wheels, increasing performance while cutting fuel consumption dramatically – two important factors in any endurance race.
Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Brendon Hartley, Neil Jani and Marc Lieb have all been confirmed as drivers throughout the season.
Porsche also revealed a redesigned 911 RSR vehicle that will feature in the GT category of the World Endurance Championship.