Video: Mark Webber Takes To The Streets Of London In His 919 Hybrid LMP1 Car

Porsche is quite proud of its hybrid technology. Their 919 Hybrid LMP1 car won Le Mans and both the Driver’s and Constructor’s WEC Championships last year and is well on its way to repeating that feat this season. Former F1 driver, current WEC Champion and Porsche LMP1 Driver Mark Webber took to the streets of London in his 919 Hybrid as part of a Porsche hybrid showcase. Joining him was Porsche’s Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.

“It was an incredible experience, and the first time we’ve ever had the 919 race car on the streets,” said Webber. “We stopped a lot of traffic but they were pretty excited to see the car as well.It was tricky. Visibility’s really difficult in that car so I couldn’t see a lot of the curbs. I was really excited to bring the car into London today, so it was also a highlight for myself. It went really smooth, weather was great, so it ticked a big box.”

The current crop of LMP1 cars can be quite tricky to drive at slow, everyday speeds. So you could excuse Webber for doing this:

Here is some more footage, minus the stalling.


Source: YouTube

Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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