While the motor sports division of Porsche had gone relatively quiet in recent years, it came roaring back with a vengeance in 2015. Success seemed an understatement, as Porsche didn’t just win a handful of races; the company was thoroughly dominant, taking the top two spots at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, and winning several World Endurance Cup races, with the top two spots in several of those outings going to Porsche cars as well. What fueled that dominance? Gas and electricity, thanks to the hybrid power plant found in the Porsche 919.
Given that racing is so fiercely competitive, teams and manufacturers closely guard every last secret. After all, when the outcome of a race could be determined by an amalgam of chance, driving skill, and no small amount of careful design, the smallest things can translate into big differences upon which balance the outcome of a race. So the automotive world was shocked — albeit pleasantly so — when Porsche revealed the engine that is at the heart of the Porsche 919 in all its highly-polished glory.
That doesn’t mean that Porsche is quite giving the game away. The engine’s inner workings and many of its specs remain shrouded in secrecy. The company won’t even disclose its exact horsepower figures, except to say that the four-cylinder engine is capable of more than 500 horsepower but is being tuned down (as are other engines used in the series) to meet new fuel standards, and now runs at slightly less than 500 horsepower. Factor in the electric motor found on the 919 — which gets an assist from innovative kinetic and exhaust energy recovery systems — and even the downtuned combined gas/electric powertrain makes more than 900 horsepower.
Why should a driver in New Hampshire care about all of this? Because the motorsports division acts as research and development for the cars that will eventually make their way to Porsche dealers like Porsche of Nashua. Granted, you won’t find the Porsche 919 in our showroom (you’ll have to go to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart to see the engine, or to one of the many endurance races in which Porsche will compete this year to see the car in action). But you can see the fruits of the painstaking R&D that goes into every Porsche car, from the 2016 Porsche 911 to the 2016 Porsche Cayenne, right here at Porsche of Nashua. Call us at (888) 695-4130 or stop by today!