In the early 1980s, the World Sport Prototype it was one of the most relevant categories on the planet. Both for the spectacularity of their careers and for the commitment of the brands, which had developed cars with amazing performance thanks to a regulation without too many restrictions.
Despite the success of the division, which even seduced pilots who at that time were competing in the F1, the division disappeared in 1992 due to the high budgets required by the teams to develop their prototypes.
Already in the XXI century, a category was created that revived its spirit: the World Endurance Championship (WEC), which little by little earned its place and seduced fans thanks to entertaining races and high-tech cars.
The WEC's promoter is Western Automobile Club, the same one that organizes the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This test is obviously the most important on your schedule.
The technological level that the WEC reached can be seen in the older class, called LMP1In which Porsche, one of the manufacturers that stood out at that time of the SP, was the great reference before leaving the specialty at the end of 2017.
What better, then, than to make a technical comparison between that 956 Group C used in the '80s and its last 919 Hybrid LMP1.
Duel of the Titans: Group C vs. LMP1
|Porsche 956 Group C|| |
|Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1|
|935/76 Boxer 6-cylinder 2.65 liters. 630 hp at 8.200 rpm, 24 valves, DOHC. Power supply: Bosch injection. 2 KKK Turbos.|| |
|4cc turbocharged V2.000 with 500hp. Hybrid system with energy stored in a 400 hp lithium ion battery.|
|Aluminum monocoque and rear subframe.|| |
|Carbon fiber-based composite fiber construction with aluminum core.|
|Four ventilated and perforated discs|| |
|Dual-circuit hydraulics, light alloy monobloc brake calipers, vented carbon fiber brake discs front and rear.|
|5 speed manual|| |
|Hydraulically actuated seven-speed sequential gearbox.|
|Rear and total by KERS on the front axle.|
|840 kg|| |
|355 km/h|| |
|Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1982 and 1985|| |
|Winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015, 2016 and 2017.|