Driven by Mark Webber, Porsche factory race driver and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion, the 919 Hybrid brought the spectacle of Le Mans to London last month, driving through the city from Park Lane to the South Bank of the River Thames. Webber navigated the capital’s streets via Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square to arrive at the distinctive London County Hall Hotel, adjacent to the famous London Eye.
The reason for this outing was to launch the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Like the race car, the Panamera is powered by a combustion engine and also an electric motor charged by lithium-ion batteries. For Porsche, 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 race in France in June.