New Porsche car and Toyota is already close to the time of passage of a circle to its predecessors, despite the efforts of the FIA to reduce the speed of LMP1 prototypes in 2017, according to AUTOSPORT.
In anticipation of the new season in the WEC, there were restrictions in aerodynamics aimed at reducing downforce by 30%, however, as stated by the head of the factory Porsche team Andreas Seidl after the tests in Aragon this week, circle time is not affected so much.
“We spent two test days and I can say that was not so far from last year’s lap time,” said Seidl in an interview with AUTOSPORT.
On the question of whether it was possible to offset such a significant loss of downforce, he said, “looks Like it. It was our job”.
In an attempt to reduce speed cornering FIA ordered to increase the height of the front splitter and to reduce the depth of the rear diffuser. According to the models, Porsche and Toyota, these measures were to increase the lap time on the 13-kilometer-long ring Sarthe in Le Mans about four seconds.
Seidl refused to disclose details of lap time on the tests in Aragon and explained that while judging the speed of cars on the background of competitors is impossible.
“It is difficult to compare our speed [with Toyota], as we worked on different programs,” he explained.
It is also unknown what level of downforce worked at Porsche and Toyota.
But, as explained Seidl, during the first tests endurance, the prototype Porsche 919 specifications 2017 overcame 7200 km, and now the team are fully confident in the reliability of equipment.
In Aragon before Christmas [pictured above] and in Valencia at the beginning of this year, Porsche conducted tests with the transitional version of the prototype without the updated aerodynamics.
For Toyota the past tests were the third – second endurance – with the new TS050 HYBRID.
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