It’s the confirmation we’ve been waiting for! Fresh from its victory at the Le Mans 24-hours two-weeks ago, Porsche will bring its 2015 race winning 919 Hybrid to run up the hill at this weekend’s Festival of Speed. It will be driven up the 1.16-mile hillclimb by works driver Brendon Hartley who was in the second-place 919 at La Sarthe.
The 919 is just the latest in a rich heritage of Le Mans-winning Porsches, of course, and the paddock is awash with more victorious cars from Stuttgart’s past. The 936/81 and 962, which won in 1981 and 1987 respectively, are present, as is the WSC Spyder which competed at Le Mans in 1998. 917s? Yes, we have those too.
The 919 isn’t the only Porsche hybrid that will be in action. Panamera and Cayenne is S-Hybrid guises are present, as is the 918 hypercar which last year set a new record for an all-electric run on the Goodwood hill. This weekend will also see the UK debut of the 911 GT3 RS, which musters all its performance without the aid of an electric motor.