Following Porsche 919 Hybrid’s maiden win at the 2014 season’s final race in Brazil more podium finishes are the aim for the future of the Porsche 919 Hybrid in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The Porsche team started the season 2015 with the presentation of the new Porsche 919 hybrid.
At the Paul Ricard Circuit in France, Porsche presented the second generation of its Le Mans Prototype 919 Hybrid race car as a technical evolution in a three-colour concept. Porsche also confirmed it will switch to the highest of the four energy categories in the LMP1 class. The performance of the energy recovery system was able to be increased by around one-third as compared to 2014. This means the 919 Hybrid is competitive to race in the 8-megajoule category. The new revolutionary WEC regulations, which went into effect in 2014, call for the use of powerful and innovative hybrid drive systems – and this was actually the main reason why Porsche decided to return to the world of top-level motor racing and why DMG MORI decided to support Porsche.
Wolfgang Hatz, board member for research and development at Porsche AG, stated the following at the presentation of the LMP1 prototypes in southern France: "The LMP1 programme at Porsche focuses on extensively networked cooperation between the engineers who work on our innovative drive system concept." The WEC regulations are designed to ensure that the most efficient car wins. The automotive industry in general must adopt exactly this approach to remain viable. “We plan to grow even stronger in this segment," said Hatz. "To this end, we need substantial expertise within the company. The tremendous pressure to perform in the top LMP1 category means our development specialists for production cars learn a lot in a very short time. Learning from the race track for everyday roads is a tradition at Porsche."
In DMG MORI the team has found a technology partner which will contribute to its success as a leader in machine tool innovations. DMG MORI supports Porsche in two ways: As a long-term machine supplier to the company’s manufacturing the high-quality vehicle components for the team. Additionally, during the 2014 season the machine tool manufacturer build a parts facility at TECKEL MAHO Seebach which develops and manufactures a growing range of components for the Porsche 919 Hybrid. The Porsche Motorsport CNCN Competence Center stands for precision, flexibility and the transfer of innovative technologies.
The Porsche team will use two of its extensively further developed technology platforms in all eight races of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The cars will be white and will carry same as 2014 the prominent DMG MORI logo on the fin. This also applies to the team’s third 919 Hybrid, which will race at Spa-Francorchamps on May 2. However, for the high point of the season – the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13–14, 2015 – the team will send a white, a black and a red Porsche 919 Hybrid onto the circuit.
The partnership between DMG MORI and Porsche bring their shared values of tradition, precision and technological leadership with a global presence to the fore once again and prove that DMG MORI is a reliable partner.
DMG MORI and Porsche
Since 2014 DMG MORI is the exclusive Premium-Partner of the Porsche team in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Under the motto „Mission 2014. Our Return.“ Porsche returned after 16 years of absence to the LMP1-class of the FIA WEC. DMG MORI supports Porsche as technology partner also in the season 2015.