The World Endurance Championship’s popularity sky-rocketed last year and rightly so. The first two races saw wheel-to-wheel racing for victory, Le Mans was epic and the season finale in Bahrain went down to the wire in an absolute nail-biter. And on top of all this the LMP1 cars broke circuit record after circuit record thanks to open rules that let engineers and drivers push things to the absolute limit!
The first race of 2016 may still be a way off but the teams have now released their new challengers ahead WEC Prologue at Paul Ricard, an important pre-season test. Here are the three LMP1 cars from Porsche, Toyota and Audi that will be fighting for victory this year.
Porsche 919 Hybrid
No longer a “Number 2 driver,” Mark Webber will wear the number one this season after he and his teammates Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley took the championship, despite Webber’s usual shit luck doing everything it possibly could in Bahrain to stop him.
Last year’s Porsche 919 Hybrid was insanely quick, taking pole position in every single race and often smashing circuit records by up to six or seven seconds!
Toyota TS050 Hybrid
Toyota won the title in 2014 but proved pretty damn useless with the same car last year, showing just how much LMP1 cars are progressing. This year, the Japanese team have a brand-new car in the TS050 Hybrid that they’re hoping will take the fight to Porsche and Audi again.
Audi’s dominance of Le Mans came to an end last year as they were toppled by Porsche, so they’ve responded with a rather insane looking prototype that people can’t seem to decide whether is absolutely awesome or incredibly ugly. Either way, you can never rule them out for Le Mans or the WEC titles.