The highly touted Porsche 919 Hybrid — with water-cooled lithium-ion batteries and electric front-wheel drive power boost — will make its first public US appearance on Sunday, June 8 at the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance in Cincinnati, OH. Designed to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship series, the model was first shown to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The race-prepped versions have seen action earlier this year, earning a 3rd place finish at Silverstone in England and 4th place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, both 6-hour races.
The highly efficient power plant features a 2 liter V-4 gasoline engine with direct injection and a single turbocharger that is paired with a electric motor powering the front wheels.
The energy recovery systems are kicked up a few notches from what you'll find on a Prius. Here's a description from Porsche:
Two different energy recovery systems harness energy to replenish the batteries and provide power. The first system is the innovative recovery of thermal energy by an electric generator powered by exhaust gases. The second hybrid system is a motor on the front axle utilizing brake recuperation to convert kinetic energy into electric energy. The electric energy is then stored in water-cooled lithium-ion battery packs and when the driver needs the stored power, the front motor drives the two front wheels through a differential during acceleration. This gives the Porsche 919 Hybrid a temporary all-wheel drive system, because the gasoline engine directs power to the rear wheels, just like the 918 Spyder.
Drivers chosen for the two Porsche 919 Hybrid teams for the 2014 World Endurance Championship were introduced by Porsche at its Annual Night of Champions held in Germany last December. (It looks like Mark Webber didn't get the dress code memo.) From left: Mark Webber (AUS), Romain Dumas (FRA), Neel Jani (SUI), Timo Bernhard (GER), Marc Lieb (GER), Brendon Hartley (NZL), Vanna White??
Also on display will be a Porsche 911 RSR (type 991), the 1st and 2nd place finishers in the 2013 GT Class at Le Mans.
Check back to this post on Sunday, June 8, for added photos of the Porsche race car set-up and display at the 37th annual Ault Park Concours d'Elegance. Also on display will be the 2015 Mustang and special classes celebrating 50 years of the Mustang, the 100th anniversary of Maserati, plus almost two dozen traditional concours classes. Proceeds from the weekend events benefit the Arthritis Foundation, with a special focus on Juvenile Arthritis.
Arrangements to display both cars were made by Porsche of the Village of Cincinnati