Racer Marc Lieb takes you around Circuit de la Sarthe.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid was has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice already, and now the machine is heading back to Circuit de la Sarthe. But before the race kicks off, allow Porsche driver Marc Lieb to take you for a ride around the track – in 360-degree video.
Lieb won the 2016 race, so he’s more than qualified to narrate the lap. As you watch, be sure to pan around the view so you can see ahead and to the side of the track, or simply to watch Lieb’s heroic concentration as he works the wheel. The video gives a great sense of speed, especially with Lieb explaining which gears he uses for various corners, and what speeds he manages on straights – 335 kilometres per hour – thanks to the approximately 900 horsepower on tap from the 919’s hybrid powertrain.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre V4 engine, along with a hybrid motor-generator unit that stores energy in a lithium-ion battery pack. A prototype in the LMP1 class, the car uses carbon fibre and aluminum construction. A seven-speed sequential gearbox directions power to the rear wheels, while the motor powers the front wheels. The car’s required minimum weight is just 875 kilograms.
As for Lieb, he’s won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times. The 36-year-old driver won in a Porsche 911 GT3-RSR in 2005 and 2010, a 911 RSR in 2013, and then the 919 last year.
Porsche is primed for a good run at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the team’s two race cars qualifying in third and fourth place. Toyota has locked up the front row of the grid, with Kamui Kobayashi’s record-setting lap landing him pole position and teammate Kazuki Nakajima getting the #8 Toyota into second place.