New Porsche 919 Hybrid to make track debut this weekend

Porsche will begin testing its new LMP1 -spec 919 Hybrid at the Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates on January 18.

The program will feature a rigorous set of endurance and performance tests to prepare the team for the FIA World Endurance Championship opener at Silverstone in April.

The manufacturer’s updated Le Mans Prototype completed its initial roll-out at the Weissach test facility on December 15th.

Much like its 2014 counterpart, the Porsche 919 Hybrid will be powered by a 2 litre V4 turbocharged engine. The car will also feature two energy recovery systems, with an electric motor powering the front wheels.

After recording their first overall FIA WEC victory at São Paulo in November, Porsche will be retaining their full-season driver line-up for 2015. The German manufacturer will also enter a third 919 Hybrid for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Force India F1 star Nico Hulkenberg already confirmed as a driver.