In July 2011, Porsche announced that it would once again run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, an annual event the German carmaker has won 16 times--making it the most successful automotive company in the race\'s history--and last joined in 1998.
Well, with just a little over a year before the running of the 2014 race, Porsche has begun testing its new LMP1 sports prototype race car at its R&D center\'s test track in Weissach, Germany.
\"We are well on schedule,\" said Porsche LMP1 program head Fritz Enzinger. \"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 among engineers more interesting and presents us with completely new challenges.\"
Since Porsche revealed its intention to return to Le Mans two years ago as a \'works\' factory team, its motorsport center in Weissach has reportedly grown significantly. A workshop and an administration building, for example, were built to accommodate around 200 employees who are responsible for the design, assembly and deployment of the LMP1 race car.
As for the car itself, Porsche executive board chairman Matthias Muller believes the carmaker\'s customers will greatly benefit from the development of its new race car.
\"The engineers were able to start with a blank sheet of paper in the design of the new LMP1 car,\" shared Muller. \"Hence, they were able to apply many new technologies within the framework of the regulations that will also benefit the customers of our road-going automobiles in the future. After all, there\'s a race car in every Porsche.\"