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Unveiling the new Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 car at the FIA WEC Prologue, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, 31 March 2017 (L-R: Andreas Seidl and Fritz Enzinger)

The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza was more than just the scene of this year’s pre-season FIA/WEC Prologue, it also witnessed the unveiling of the 2017 Porsche 919 Hybrid. Having remained under wraps until Friday 31 March, the media was given a first glimpse of this new Porsche at the 2017 Prologue, with which the factory will contest the WEC this year. With the new 919 Hybrid, Porsche announced its intention of securing a hat-trick of Le Mans 24 Hour titles as well as their third consecutive FIA WEC Manufacturers and Drivers titles.

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#1 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer and Nick Tandy during the Prologue at Monza, 2 April 2017

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP, faces the season with a great deal of respect: “Each and every one of the nine endurance races presents a challenge. Reliability is the basic requirement; six hours of navigating around the many cars in the different categories, each driving at different speeds, makes each race unpredictable.” The Le Mans 24 Hours, at four times the duration of the other races, remains the jewel in the crown for the Stuttgart manufacturer.

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