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Porsche 919 Hybrid for 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours

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Porsche has just released the first official images of their entrant into the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 919 Hybrid. Set to be the flagship of the Porsche design group's fleet at the Geneva Motor Show this week, the 919 Hybrid will also be the German brand's weapon in the fight to return to the winner's circle this June during the French racing classic. The new carbon-fiber, gasoline-electric hybrid-powered racecar is constructed to the latest in LMP1-class regulations, which require it must not exceed 1,918 lbs. or be longer than 183.1 inches. Regulations aside, Porsche feels this is the most complex race car they've ever constructed, powered by a new turbocharged 2.0-liter V4 engine that also serves to help with some of the load bearing on the chassis. The gas engine is helped out with an electrc motor to power the front axle - when activated - for four-wheel drive ability and for Porsche to max-out the fuel allowance of 1.2 gallons per lap at Le Mans. Stylistically, from the roof it reads (partly) “Porsche Intelligent Performance,” a nod to the program's “green” philosophy and high-tech drivetrain.