Porsche 919 Hybrid racing car to perform London street demo

Porsche 919 Hybrid London

Reigning WEC title holder Mark Webber will parade the Le Mans winning prototype through the streets of the capital tomorrow

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Le Mans racing car will be driven through the streets of London at about 0600hrs on Tuesday 27 September with FIA World Endurance Championship title holder Mark Webber behind the wheel.

The demonstration run will take place on a route of about four miles, running from Park Lane, taking in Piccadilly, Charing Cross, the Embankment, Parliament Square and finishing on the east side of Westminster Bridge.

Depending on the early-morning traffic, it is hoped that a return leg and then a further run from Park Lane to Westminster can be completed.

The 900bhp, all-wheel-drive prototype has a top speed of about 210mph, but will have to adhere to road speed limits at all times. The roads will not be completely closed, but the Porsche will benefit from a rolling road block established by a team of eight Police outriders. London’s Congestion Charge isn’t an issue because it doesn’t come into force until 0700hrs, besides which the 919 Hybrid isn’t road registered.

Webber said: “This will be the first time ever that the Porsche 919 Hybrid has been driven on a public road. I’m stoked to be behind the wheel – it’s going to be pretty cool.” 

The new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will also take part in the demonstration ahead of its official public debut at this week’s Paris motor show

Source: Car

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