Last weekend’s season-opening round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) ended with accidents for both Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars, giving the team an uphill climb ahead of them heading to Belgium for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in two weeks.
A large topic of controversy recently, particularly in the world of Formula 1, has been whether racecars can still sound good in the future as racing series and manufacturers turn more towards greener technology.
Enter the new Porsche 919 Hybrid, which will compete in the 2014 World Endurance Championship this season (including the 24 Hours of Le Mans). Though on paper, a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine may not seem overly impressive, this new hybrid that Porsche will be using in its return to the top class of sports car racing sounds… like a racecar.
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If you’re a sports car racing fan, the Circuit of The Americas is the place to be this weekend, as the FIA World Endurance Championship and American Le Mans Series take part in the first-ever Super Endurance Weekend in Austin, Texas.
The six-hour FIA WEC race will be a rare chance to see the factory prototypes from Audi and Toyota, along with a brace of factory GTE entries from Aston Martin, Porsche and Ferrari on U.S. soil, the same cars which battled in the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans.
SPEED caught up with FIA WEC CEO Gerard Neveu, in an exclusive interview, to get his thoughts ahead of the big weekend ahead as well as the future of the globe-trotting championship in America.
This weekend on the 20-22 September the world of endurance racing comes to Texas as the FIA World Endurance Championship and the American Le Mans Series will stage a Super Endurance Weekend at the Circuit of the Americas. A number of pre event activities are on offer for the people of Austin to enjoy as the clock counts down to the weekend of racing action.
One date that all fans of motor racing and classic movies should put in their diary is Thursday 19 September at The Long Centre for the Performing Arts from 7pm.