After Cars & Coffee this Saturday, we will be glued to coverage of the 85th running of LeMans. The brutal 24-hour race pushes drivers and machines to their limits, and last year it was dominated by the Porsche 919 Hybrid. It is either a logical evolution of the 918 Spyder, or else the Spyder evolved from racing, but that is a chicken vs egg story for another day. If you would like to get familiarized with the track before the race, LeMans Winner Marc Lieb will take you on a virtual lap of the track.
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If you are wondering why the car is relatively quiet inside, its because the 919 Hybrid uses a turbocharged V4 instead of a V8. Racing in the class known as LeMans Prototype (LMP), the cars have to be small and light so a V8 is out of the question. The four cylinder is boosted to 500 horsepower for the rear wheels. That’s not enough to win the race, so the turbos are also generators that power a 400 horsepower electric motor on the front end. A featherweight with 900 horsepower must be a blast to drive, so find 3D goggles and get ready for a wild ride. Stay with us for all your Porsche news and LeMans updates.