FEB 16th 2016

Is This The Most Innovative Engine In The World?

Porsche certainly think it is, meet their World Endurance Championship conquering powerplant, responsible for the firm’s dominant victory in the 2015 season and their historic record-breaking victory at Le Mans last year.

Group C Brands Hatch promo

Looking at engines isn’t exactly the most exciting thing in the world we know, but we thought we would make an exception when Porsche allowed GRR this tantalising glimpse into what they call their ‘most innovative’ ever.

Underneath all that metal and wiring lies a two-litre V4 engine which, mated to two incredibly powerful electric motors which harvest lost energy from the axle and exhaust and pump it back out, produces over 900bhp (although Porsche remain cagey with their figures).

If you have visited the Festival of Speed in the last two years you should know all about the engine and its might, having seen the likes of Brendan Hartley pedaling the 919 sportscar powered by this motor up the hillclimb.

Porsche 919 Hybrid (19), Porsche Team: Nico Huelkenberg, Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy Porsche 919 Hybrid (17), Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley

But why build a four-cylinder racing engine if you’re Porsche I hear you ask? Well the latest 712 Boxster will be powered by… you guessed, a four-cylinder engine, leaning on lessons learned from Porsche’s WEC escapades.

Who knows, maybe Porsche will return to Goodwood in June with yet another Le Mans crown, or will Audi’s new, and mean-looking, challenger, take the fight to them?

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