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    Ok motorsport fans, this weekend is the 6 hours of the Circuit of the Americas.
    As it stands, The Audi r18 of andre lotterer, benoit treluyer and marcel Fassler leads the championship with 95 points, with the Porsche 919 #17 of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard in 2nd with 78 points each and the Number #18 Porsche of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb in 3rd place with 76 points.
    In the constructors championship Porsche is leading with 184 points, followed by Audi's 151 points. the reigning champions, Toyota Gazoo Racing (silly name) a distant 3rd with 89 points.

    the way the season has been so far is that Porsche, the only car with 8mj hybrid system (and a rumoured 1100bhp+ output) has dominated qualifying so far this year, attaining pole position in all 4 rounds so far this season. Despite this qualifying advantage, and their clear advantage in the straights (Toyota produces ~1000bhp, the audi ~880bhp) the audis have proven to be much better at generating downforce. as a result of this, audi has won the first 2 rounds at Silverstone and spa. the premier event however, the Porsche of Nico Hulkenberg, Nick Tandy (from Sharnbrook Bedfordshire, near luton) and Earl Bramber won Le Mans (with Hulkenberg becoming the first active f1 driver since Johnny Herbed and Betrand Gachot to win Le mans whilst being active in formula 1) ahead of the #17 car and the #7 audi. In the 6 hours of Nurburgring, Porsche's form continued with the #17 finishing ahead of the #18 cars and the #7 audi in 3rd.

    Austin should be an interesting circuit as it is has long straight and a load of corners. will audi regain their form from spa and Silverstone, or has Porsches beast finally awoken. tune in next time to dragonball z, I mean WEC
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    Ok motorsport fans, this weekend is the 6 hours of the Circuit of the Americas.
    As it stands, The Audi r18 of andre lotterer, benoit treluyer and marcel Fassler leads the championship with 95 points, with the Porsche 919 #17 of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard in 2nd with 78 points each and the Number #18 Porsche of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb in 3rd place with 76 points.
    In the constructors championship Porsche is leading with 184 points, followed by Audi's 151 points. the reigning champions, Toyota Gazoo Racing (silly name) a distant 3rd with 89 points.

    the way the season has been so far is that Porsche, the only car with 8mj hybrid system (and a rumoured 1100bhp+ output) has dominated qualifying so far this year, attaining pole position in all 4 rounds so far this season. Despite this qualifying advantage, and their clear advantage in the straights (Toyota produces ~1000bhp, the audi ~880bhp) the audis have proven to be much better at generating downforce. as a result of this, audi has won the first 2 rounds at Silverstone and spa. the premier event however, the Porsche of Nico Hulkenberg, Nick Tandy (from Sharnbrook Bedfordshire, near luton) and Earl Bramber won Le Mans (with Hulkenberg becoming the first active f1 driver since Johnny Herbed and Betrand Gachot to win Le mans whilst being active in formula 1) ahead of the #17 car and the #7 audi. In the 6 hours of Nurburgring, Porsche's form continued with the #17 finishing ahead of the #18 cars and the #7 audi in 3rd.

    Austin should be an interesting circuit as it is has long straight and a load of corners. will audi regain their form from spa and Silverstone, or has Porsches beast finally awoken. tune in next time to dragonball z, I mean WEC
    Is there really that big of a power difference??
    Crazy. Thought it was much closer than that.

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    Is there really that big of a power difference??
    Crazy. Thought it was much closer than that.

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    actually the power difference is massive.
    the toyotoa ts040 produced 1000bhp in 2014 (520 from the 3.7L v8, 480bhp from its twin kers system) and they more or less acknowledges that this years powertrain is similar to last years, its just aero / mechanical changes this year vs last.

    porsche in 2014 was quotes at "over 900bhp" due to 500bhp from 2L turbocharged V4 engine and 400+bhp from mguk on the front axle and a generator (not motor generator) unit attached to the trubo. this year, the cars electrical capacity has gone from 6 megajoule to 8 megajoule and, based on extrapolation, as well as mission e, which porsche claimed has similar output to electrical systems on the 919, is estimated to be around 600bhp, so 500+600 is 1100bhp.

    audi, because it has a 4.0l turbu v6 diesel produces shedloads more torque than either of the other units but is estimated to produce around 600bhp (based on data from 2013 r18). the 2015 r18 is a 4mj class hybrid, which audi confirmed to have an output of 280bhp from the front axle. so 280 + 600 is 880bhp.
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    2017 all p1 cars will be capped at 1000bhp for the entire championship, with this limit only being place at le mans for 2016.


    for 2016 season this much is known:

    the r18 will be in 6mj class and will replace the flywheel storage for li+ batteries. audi has revealed photos of the r18, and it looks like the angry lovechild of a redbull rb7 with an 2015 r18 with a hint of batmobile.

    the toyota will also be switching to li+ batteries but will be in the 8mj class instead of 6mj class. additionally, it will be using a modified 2015 spec super gt engine (2.0L i4, which produced 550-600bhp based on restrictions in class 1 for 2017 and current super gt / super formula regulations)

    nissan will be back with a "significantly different" package to this year (apparently they were the only p1 team this year not to run HELE, that and in le mans they were unable to use any hybrid energy so it was just a 500-550bhp front-engine, front-wheel drive prototype)
 
 
 
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