WEC: Porsche To Trial Le Mans Aero Package At Spa
Porsche will tackle round two of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Spa-Francorchamps this weekend with the aerodynamic package designed for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
At the 2016 Spa event, the number one 919 Hybrid set the fastest lap time on the first day of practice, in the hands of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber (1:58.012) during the first of two 90 minute sessions. The number two sister car of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb wasn’t far behind recording a 1:58.577 lap of the four-mile long circuit.
One of the key new developments added to the 919 Hybrid for the race are new headlights. Not only do the new lights lend the car a fresh look, mimicking the four-point spot light design on the latest 911 road car, but importantly they also ensure the car is more visible – even in daylight. That may help avoid a costly incident such as that which befell Hartley in round one at Silverstone. What’s more, they also save weight too, with a weight reduction of 1.1 kilograms in total. That represents a 30 percent weight saving over their forebears, but they are also easier to fit and aid cooling.
Osram LED lighting has been employed providing three different lighting modes: pencil beam (ultra long distance light), main beam and side beam. The cars will feature 20 RGB-LEDs (RGB stands for the red-green-blue colour space) to make the pair of 919s identifiable, as such the number one 919 Hybrid is illuminated in magenta, the number two car can be recognised by its blue light.