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Posted on June 15, 2016

Porsche 919 Hybrid

Porsche set to defend Le Mans title

PORSCHE on June 18-19 will be defending its crown as the 2015 champion in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with the 919 Hybrid.

The brand leads in both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications in the 2016 world championship.

With its 17 overall victories since 1970, Porsche holds the record for most wins on the racetrack where the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans is held -- the Circuit de la Sarthe.

This year Porsche racing strategists said they need maximum control of the two highly complex prototypes of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber, and Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb. Porsche explained the 919 Hybrid racing car competing this year sports the look of a Le Mans prototype racer because it conforms to strict WEC regulations on vehicle design.

The 919 Hybrid is powered by a turbo-charged, four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine with direct fuel injection that’s supported by two energy recuperation systems. The engine and the car are made mostly of carbon, high-strength aluminum, magnesium and titanium alloys.