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Mark Webber pilots Porsche race car around central London

Tuesday 27 September 2016, By Autovolo

Mark Webber pilots Porsche race car around central London

Mark Webber pilots Porsche race car around central London

Mark Webber, the 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion, has taken to the streets of London today in a high-powered Porsche 919 Hybrid race car.

Webber was followed through the capital by the German manufacturer’s new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, showcasing the company’s transition of technology from racing to the consumer market.

Porsche said: “The term ‘hybrid’ is synonymous with not only sustainable mobility, but performance, too – a fact proven not least by the 919 Hybrid achieving an unrivalled 18th overall triumph for the Stuttgart marque in the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance motor race in France in June.

“This commitment to a new type of Porsche ‘E-Performance’ is now also defining the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.”

The cars travelled together from Park Lane, to the South Bank of the River Thames, travelling via Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square before arriving at London County Hall Hotel.

The Panamera E-Hybrid combines a twin-turbocharged, 326bhp V6 engine with a 134bhp electric motor, much in the same way the 919 Hybrid racer mates a 493bhp V4 with an electric motor capable of producing more than 395bhp.

The combination of the two engines in the Panamera E-Hybrid means that is capable of reaching 62mph in 4.6 seconds and able to reach a top speed of 172mph.

The manufacturer said: “This new type of ‘E-Performance’ – higher power, higher fun, higher efficiency – is seen as the performance kit of the future; yet it is on the road today.

“While undeniably an impressive sight driving through London, what was arguably more significant about today’s event was in fact what could not be seen. For these cars also give a glimpse of the future – to a full electric Porsche, and the ‘Mission E’ scheduled for launch by the end of the decade.”