While Audi and Toyota are believed to have yet to begin on-track testing with their new-for-2014 prototypes, Porsche has ramped up development of its LMP1 car, with an intensified testing program.
New recruit Neel Jani recently got his first taste of the German manufacturer’s all-new prototype, with the former A1GP star and current Rebellion Racing driver working alongside Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas.
Due to his contract with Red Bull Racing, Formula One star Mark Webber is not expected to drive the car until 2014.
“The current test drives are enabling us to collect huge amounts of vital data; every single kilometer driven is important,” said Fritz Enzinger, vice president of Porsche’s LMP1 program. “However, in order to develop the highly complex LMP1 racing car so that it is fit to compete by the start of next year’s season, many more kilometers of testing are required.”
The focus for Porsche has shifted from its test track in Weissach, Germany to international circuits, with the newly redesigned prototype set to gain considerable mileage over the coming months.
Technical details on Porsche’s new LMP1 contender have been few and far between, although the recent release of additional photos has provided additional clues.
Porsche makes its return to top-flight prototype racing in 2014 with a works effort in the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans.