With the completion of the first round of the WEC at the 6 Hours of Silverstone, I figure we should get to know the 2015 Le Mans and WEC competitors. Up first, the 2014 WEC champions: Toyota and their upgraded TS040. With a 3.7 litre, normally aspirated petrol engine combined with a 6 megajoule (MJ) hybrid, flywheel system, Toyota looks to become the 2nd Japanese manufacturer to win overall the 24 Heures du Mans since Mazda in 1991.
Not resting on their laurels, Audi has upgraded their 2014 Le Mans winning car. Running the same 4.0 litre, diesel engine with an upgraded hybrid system from 2MJ to 4MJ, Audi looks to return to the top step of the podium. Again.
Next up, after a fairly successful debut season in 2014, Porsche returns with their upgraded 919 Hybrid. Using the same – if not fairly unconventional – 2.0 litre turbocharged V4 with an amazing 8MJ in additional boost, driving all 4 wheels, Porsche returns with some wonderfully upgraded liveries.
Last, but not least – and certainly the most interesting, the Nissan NISMO GT-R LMP1.
Get a load of this beast. Sporting a front-mounted, twin turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 with an 8MJ hybrid system producing an estimated 1,200+ horsepower. All of this power is delivered to the FRONT TIRES. Talk about turning the establishment on it’s ear. Nissan pulled out of the opening rounds of the WEC to focus on Le Mans, we’ll have to wait a few more months to see Godzilla competing on-track.
Only two more months to go.