Porsche already track testing 2016 developments

Porsche have already started testing key components on its 2016 FIA WEC challenger on track, Motorsport.com can reveal.

The Stuttgart marque took the lead of the WEC drivers' standings last weekend with victory in the 6 Hours of Fuji for the #17 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.

Far from resting on its laurels, Porsche has spent two days testing at Monza to evaluate new component designs centred on the suspension layout of the LMP1 car in readiness for 2016.

“We focused mainly on suspension work at Monza,” Porsche team principal Andrea Siedl told Motorsport.com.

“We did nearly 2000 kilometres with Timo [Bernhard] and Marc [Lieb] driving, so it was very useful.”

Next year, Porsche is expected to field a significant evolution of its successful second iteration of the 919 Hybrid, which was made lighter than the original version that debuted in 2014.

The 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid also went up 2MJ from the 6MJ sub-class to 8MJ of energy-retrieval, while another core improvement was the car's vehicle dynamics and how it used the Michelin rubber, which has been greatly improved this season.

These factors, allied to the Porsche aerodynamic department's stellar work in improving the efficiency of the downforce on several body kits, has made Porsche the benchmark in the WEC this season.

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Series WEC
Drivers Timo Bernhard , Marc Lieb
Teams Porsche Team
Article type Breaking news