Porsche’s new 919 Hybrid ran for the first time today, as the German manufacturer gears up for next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.
The 2015-spec car completed a rollout at Porsche’s test track in Weissach, with Marc Lieb at the controls of the factory LMP1 contender.
“The roll-out of a new race car is always a milestone, and anticipated with great excitement by everyone involved,” said technical director Alex Hitzinger.
“It was our target to get the Porsche 919 Hybrid for the 2015 season on its wheels before Christmas, and now we have achieved this.”
Photos have yet to be released of the new-spec Porsche, although it’s expected to have the share the same fundamental design of the 2014 model, but optimized in nearly all areas.
Lieb, Romain Dumas and Neel Jani gave the 919 Hybrid its first victory in last month’s season-ending Six Hours of Sao Paulo.
The first proper test for the new 919 Hybrid will come at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit on Jan. 18-22.