The petrol engine in Porsche’s forthcoming 919 Hybrid LMP1 Le Mans challenger will have a radical V4 design and use a single turbocharger between the two banks, Autocar can exclusively reveal.

The engine is a turbocharged 16-valve 2.0-litre direct-injection engine and has an unusually wide V angle, although the exact figure remains unknown. Unlike Audi’s LMP1 car, the turbocharger is not electric.

The V4 is one of the least popular in automotive engineering because of the inherent problems with the configuration in achieving smooth running, and none have been used in recent history by a top flight motorsport team - either in sports cars or at Le Mans.

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Porsche 919 LeMans Entry To Have Radical Turbocharged Hybrid V4

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