FIA WORLD ENDURANCE
The 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas sees
the North American debut for Porsche on
its return to prototype sports car racing
with its high-tech 919 Hybrid (RIGHT).
The 2014 FIA World Endurance
Championship is heading to Austin’s
Circuit of The Americas for a
battle royal under starry Texas skies.
orth American sports car racing fans
get to experience some of the unique
atmosphere and excitement of the
24 Hours of Le Mans and see the world’s
most high-tech racecars in action when
the FIA World Endurance Championship
races into the night at the 6 Hours of
Circuit of The Americas, Sept. 20.
The Austin, Texas, track hosts Round 4
of the 2014 FIA WEC in an unmissable
double-header with the TUDOR United
But it gets even better. With a
5:00 p.m. CT start time for the 6 Hours
of Co TA and the sun setting on the
Lone Star State just a couple of hours
later, the majority of the WEC race will
take place with headlights blazing.
Darkness always cranks up the intensity
level, and with action guaranteed
throughout the multi-class field, it
promises to be an awesome spectacle.
Stars of the show are the factory
LMP1-H prototypes from Audi, Porsche and
Toyota. These hybrid racers are bristling
with cutting-edge technology that harvests
otherwise wasted energy and uses it to
provide breathtaking performance and
unprecedented efficiency (see page 48).
But efficiency doesn’t mean these guys
are taking it easy. Far from it...
“The rules are there to provide racing,
not an economy run to save fuel,” says
FIA WEC boss Gerard Neveu, “and for six
hours these cars will be racing.”
Toyota’s TS040 Hybrid won the
opening two six-hour races, but Audi hit
back in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With
class newcomer Porsche already proving
it has the pace and reliability to race at
the front, too, the battle for the overall
victory at Co TA will surely be an epic.
Behind the three-way LMP1-H fight, the
action promises to be just as exciting and
unpredictable through the rest of the field.