Getting ready for its triumphant return to the premier racing class of Le Mans, Porsche has released a handful of images showing its new LMP1 racecar testing. Porsche hasn't run a car in the Prototype class at 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2009, but this racecar – still veiled in secrecy – will be expected to battle against the Audi and Toyota LMP1 Prototypes to help bring Porsche its 17th Le Mans victory.

Aside from knowing that it will use a hybrid powertrain to meet LMP1 rules, there are no other details about the car... including its name or potential sponsors. In the meantime, Porsche has set up a microsite, called Mission 2014, to share its extensive history racing at Le Mans. Also, be sure to check out some of the past videos Porsche has released as it gears up for its reborn LMP1 program.

UPDATE: official press release added below
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Successful rollout for new Porsche LMP1 sports prototype

Stuttgart. The new Porsche LMP1 sports prototype, which will compete in the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2014, successfully completed its first rollout today on the Porsche test track in Weissach. Before the eyes of some board members of Porsche AG, Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard took his new 'wheels' through its initial function check.

The LMP1 racer turned its first laps on the circuit several weeks earlier than originally planned. "We are well on schedule," says Fritz Enzinger, Head of LMP1. "Our newly formed team has worked with utmost concentration on getting this highly complex vehicle on the track as soon as possible. This allows us a few additional weeks for more testing and further development. From 2014, the regulations are primarily based on efficiency. This makes the competition amongst engineers more interesting and presents us with completely new challenges."

Since the decision in mid-2011 to return with the LMP1 racer to top motorsport as a works effort, the Motorsport Center at Weissach has grown significantly. A workshop and an administration building were built and accommodate around 200 employees who are responsible for the design, assembly and deployment of the LMP1 car. From the 2014 season, the racer will be fielded by a Weissach-based works squad.

"I was involved in the development of the new car right from the outset," says Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard. "I'm very proud that I was the one to take our baby through its first paces today. Already now the car feels great. I look forward to testing the vehicle in the coming weeks and months with my friend and colleague Romain Dumas." Bernhard (32) and Dumas (35) are the first two regular drivers in the LMP1 project and will carry out the majority of testing on various international circuits.

"During the development of our new LMP1 vehicle, we faced the same challenge as in the series production development of our road legal cars," says Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG. "Our aim was to achieve the best possible efficiency without compromising performance."

Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG, particularly emphasizes the benefits customers will enjoy from the development of the high-tech race car. "The engineers were able to start with a blank sheet of paper in the design of the new LMP1 car that was out here today on the Weissach race track for the first time. Hence, they were able to apply many new technologies within the framework of the regulations that will also benefit the customers of our road legal automobiles in the future. After all, there's a race car in every Porsche."

About Porsche Motorsport North America
Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), located in Santa Ana, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG and the sole sales and service provider for the German sports car maker's North American customer sports programs. Porsche is the largest manufacturer of race cars with a wide range of products from the 911 GT3 Cup car to the ultimate 911 GT3 RSR. PMNA sells these models to customer teams in North America and provides them with parts, service and expertise in between races and at the track. The PMNA service truck is a fixture at most race tracks in the U.S. and Canada, staffed by factory engineers to service all of Porsche's customer teams.


About Porsche Cars North America
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 190 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand's 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.


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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't put into words how excited I am for Porsche's return to top-tier sports car racing. Audi has gone unchallenged for too long. Let's see some rivalry like back in the old days. Porsche is the winningest make in racing history, and I have no doubts they'll make things exciting next year.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        Unfortunately, I don't think Audi is going to continue their Le Mans program after this year...
          Kiiks
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jonathan Arena
          I'm pretty sure VAG gave both teams the green light to go fight in the WEC.
          fuzzyfish6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jonathan Arena
          I thought they were supposed to be replaced by the Porsche team this year, so seeing them at Le Mans for one last go is nice. Having said that, I'll be cheering for the Denso Toyota team in LMP1!
          fuzzyfish6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jonathan Arena
          Nvm, 2014...
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car looks aerodynamically ancestral compared to its Audi brethren and even the Peugeot that I miss so much. Early 2000's, this is a cutting edge car. The last 908 and the new R18 are almost open wheel cars with enough fenders to pass the rules.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        All the rules are changed for the 2014 season... the R18 was designed for the current set.
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      Camo, LOL. Like somebody was going to recognize this as a Porsche without the huge windscreen decal. They will dominate as they always do withing a year.
        carboy55
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carboy55
        I love all the overnight racing experts on this thread. Probably own Cobalt SS with aero kit. Woooo Believe me, if somebody wants to copy their aero on anything other than the floorpan, they have it. Spend some time at a real race shop sometime. They actually have computers there. (:/
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carboy55
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        • 1 Year Ago
        @carboy55
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        StephenT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carboy55
        I think it will take longer than a year to knock off Audi.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      The question is always the same, the question is when and what. 99% of the articles are just theorical project ?? This racecar Porsche is not racing yet. It's been postponed in 2014, nobody will remember this article in 2 to 3 days. This article only has 8 lines and take a minute to read, this is very thin. No complete specifications have been shown. It's been the 200th time that a similar project have been written without any real data. Is it electric, hybrid battery, plugguable battery hybrid, is there electric motors in front or in the rear, what is the power ?? Nahh nahh,, nothing. the only real green cars available 'now' for real everywhere is the volt, the leaf and the tesla. I read here around 500 articles about other bev, the fuelcell cars, hho, green algae fuel, the aptera, the volkz xl1, cheap ethanol, long range batteries, etc, etc. It's been 10 years that I suggest cheap performing available green cars, trucks, suv, motorcycles, etc. Since then no real work have been done except fitting lithium battery to a car like the volt of leaf or tesla, this is poor results but on the imaginary side there is been a lot of articles, so we can at least chat. Even if there was a cheap green car for 10 000$ that go fast and have 400 mpg, then I will still chat about it. Now I suggest to build a small bev with a methanol range extender that capture the waist heat into a steam electric turbine and capture the exhaust and convert it back to methanol. Range of 5 000 miles are possible for 1$$. this could been implemented in this Porsche racecar within 1 to 2 months and after the results can be shown with an article of 100 lines and a 20 minutes video. I will then watch this race on tv.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        back to the meth lab for you..
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Snap you fingers, cross your arms and nod your head, touch your nose and you $10K BEV, methanol extending, steam turbine generating car will be ready tomorrow afternoon.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        I don't think the heat from my waist is enough to power anything.
          Drakkon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Speak for yourself! Hey baby! Come over here. Need a drink? I'll buy you a drink.
      Darren McLellan
      • 1 Year Ago
      CGI. Can you guys figure out how to make your links open in NEW windows already? I should not have to go back and freaking forth to read your articles and check out the links you provide. Catch Up!
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder whats under the camp... probably the new Cayman.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are those the new 911 headlights?
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vi_per
        No, but I kind of miss those days!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vi_per
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        Jonathan Arena
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vi_per
        You're probably joking, but it does look like they are using the cluster of 4 lights like the LED's on their new GT3
      jasdempsey
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's interesting that all the photos are from the front -- they must be trying to keep the rear quiet for some reason. I remember in 1987 when Porsche introduced the first images of their Indycar, I thought "They're different than every other chassis. That car is either going to be really fast or really slow". Turns out it was really slow and in short order Porsche replaced their own chassis with a March. Let's hope that with respect to competitiveness, this one is more like the LMP2 Porsche RS Spyder and less like the Porsche Indycar.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jasdempsey
        Porsche has the most wins at Le Mans out of any manufacturer, they know endurance cars.
          johnnythemoney
          • 1 Year Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          Probably the most entries as a works team as well.
        Kiiks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jasdempsey
        There is no doubt in my mind that Porsche will be competitive in 2014. New regulations puts all the factories on pretty even ground with an entirely new energy allotment philosophy. Audi, having been in LMP1 for 14 years does have a bit of an advantage, but the name Porsche is synonymous with endurance racing and you know they'll be gunning to keep Audi and Toyota off the top step of the podium.
      8LiterHemiV8
      • 1 Year Ago
      Droll...
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      LMP1 confirmed for VW family battle between Porsche and Audi.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        Porsche wanted to go F1 and leave Le Mans to Audi because they knew they couldn’t compete. Piech wouldn’t let them. What an *******.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if anyone was crazy enough to pilot one how well a 917 would do.
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Welcome back Porsche! It's about time
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