AFTER the successful 2015 season when it took overall victory in Le Mans and won the constructors’ and drivers’ World Championship titles, Porsche finds itself in the role of the title defenders in 2016.
Accordingly, the two Porsche 919 Hybrids with around 900 hp will carry the starting numbers one and two. This was confirmed at last week’s press conference in Paris by the Le Mans organisers, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Team Principal Andreas Seidl said: “Competing with the starting numbers one and two is an honour and a challenge at the same time.
“We expect even stronger competition in 2016, but still want to be able to fight for race victories and try to defend our titles.”
However, for Porsche’s third season since their return to the prestigious top category of Le Mans prototypes, the cutting-edge 919 Hybrids will be running with the same basic chassis structure and powertrain concept.