2016’s WEC LMP1 Hybrid contenders

Every class in the FIA World Endurance Championship delivers close racing, but it's the LMP1 Hybrid entries that are always going to win outright.

The 2016 season, which begins next weekend with the 6 Hours of Silverstone, will once again see Audi, Porsche and Toyota challenging for those victories.

Audi R18 LMP1 2016 Front Side
The Audi R18...

Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 2016 Front
...and the Porsche 919 Hybrid...

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 2016 Side
...and the Toyota TS050 Hybrid.

As per previous years, the three manufacturers are taking very different engineering approaches. However, for the first time, all are employing batteries for electric energy storage. Audi decided to abandon flywheel technology, while Toyota is no longer using a super-capacitor.

Here's how the cars compare:

Car Audi R18 Porsche 919 Hybrid Toyota TS050 Hybrid
Engine 4.0 litre V6 turbo 2.0 litre V4 turbo 2.4 litre V6 twin-turbo
Fuel Diesel Petrol Petrol
Engine output c. 507 bhp
(378 kW / 514 PS)
c. 493 bhp
(368 kW / 500 PS)
493 bhp
(368 kW / 500 PS)
Engine output sent to Rear wheels Rear wheels Rear wheels
Transmission 6-speed 7-speed 7-speed
Hybrid class 6 megajoules 8 megajoules 8 megajoules
Hybrid energy recuperation from Front-axle braking Front-axle braking / exhaust gases Front-axle braking / rear-axle braking
Hybrid output c. 469 bhp
(350 kW / 475 PS)
c. 394 bhp
(294 kW / 400 PS)
493 bhp
(368 kW / 500 PS)
Hybrid output sent to Front wheels Front wheels Front and rear wheels
Electric energy storage Battery Battery Battery
Total system output c. 976 bhp
(728 kW / 989 PS)
c. 887 bhp
(662 kW / 900 PS)
986 bhp
(736 kW / 1,000 PS)

Audi R18 LMP1 2016 Rear SideAudi R18 LMP1 2016 Side

Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 2016 Front SidePorsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 2016 Rear Side

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 2016 Rear SideToyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 2016 Front Side

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2016 FIA WEC calendar revised

TS050 Hybrid images © Toyota Motorsport GmbH.

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