Porsche 919 Takes to London’s Streets in a Display of Hybrid Technology
Bleary eyed commuters had a bit of a shock this morning as Mark Webber took to London’s streets in his Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid, closely followed by the all-new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. In a display of two of the most advanced Porsches ever built, the cars were brought together to demonstrate how the marque translates its race-winning hybrid technology from the track to the road.
Driven by Mark Webber, Porsche factory race driver and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion, the 919 Hybrid brought the spectacle of Le Mans to London, driving through the city from Park Lane to the South Bank of the River Thames. Like a high technology Monopoly™ player, Mark navigated the capital’s streets via Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square to arrive at the distinctive London County Hall Hotel, adjacent to the famous London Eye.
In the cold light of a late September morning it was an extraordinary spectacle, the Porsche duo running against normal London traffic as the city began to stutter into life. In amongst London’s usual array of black cabs, red buses and early morning delivery vans the sight of the 919 cruising the streets was an unexpected one.
Throughout its history, Porsche has used the innovations it has developed for the track and applied them to its renowned sports cars. This morning’s jaunt around London underlined this philosophy, and moreover it was a world first; the new Panamera E-Hybrid making its global debut alongside the 919 Hybrid.
Like the race car, the Panamera E-Hybrid is powered by a combustion engine and also an electric motor charged by lithium-ion batteries. Combined, this is the ultimate expression of a long-standing Porsche ethos; high performance with high efficiency.
The new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid pairs a 462 hp V6 twin-turbocharged engine with a 136 hp electric motor. Consequently, it offers a whole new level of performance compared to its predecessor, and asserts the reputation of the Panamera as the sports car among luxury saloons. The latest, second generation of the four door, four seat Gran Turismo is officially unveiled this week at the Paris Auto Show.
GT Porsche will be in Paris this week, so keep your eyes peeled for our pre-show report on what Porsche brings to the mix.