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22 Feb 2016

Porsche 919 Hybrid on track in Abu Dhabi

Tyre testing in Abu Dhabi concluded.

Last week the Porsche Team concluded its second test of the year in Abu Dhabi. In total the current World Championship winning team has spent eight days driving on the 5.554 kilometre long Formula One circuit in the United Arab Emirates. As well as testing the tyres, new components for the 2016 season also came under scrutiny. The programme also included aerodynamic comparisons as well as testing the latest developments on the powertrain, including the hybrid system.

After drivers Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb completed 2,059 kilometres in three days in Abu Dhabi earlier in February. The new drivers’ World Championship trio of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber were on duty for five days and covered 4,142 km. Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1, was at the track observing the test.

The team spent busy days testing various tyres as three different slick tyres can be used in the 2016 season; soft cold, soft hot and soft hot plus, designed to cover a range in track temperatures from cool to very hot. In Abu Dhabi the team had to find out which of the two constructions on offer would suit the 919 best. Furthermore, for each of the three tyres three to four different compounds were available.

Team Principal Andreas Seidl said: “We are very pleased with this test. It is a demanding and important task to make the right choices out of the variety of tyres, as we will spend the season on them. Consistent conditions are essential to get reliable results. In Abu Dhabi we didn’t only have dry conditions, but also constant temperatures. We can’t find such conditions in Europe at this time of the year.”

Tyre testing is a special discipline. Seidl: “During such comparisons changes to the car are very limited because they would falsify the results. You have to strictly separate tyre testing from the car’s development. In the end, of course, both have to be brought together and work well as a package.” The Porsche Team’s next endurance tests will be back in Europe.

If you would like to see the Porsche 919 Hyrbid in action, join us at Silverstone on Saturday, 16th and Sunday 17th April for the opening race of the 2016 FIA WEC season. Club members can enjoy discounted entry and infield entry with a dedicated area to park your Porsche.


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