The Field at the 6 Hours of Silverstone
Today was the 6 Hours of Silverstone and it was one for the ages. In the top LMP1 class it featured an epic battle between Audi, Porsche and Toyota.
This first World Endurance Championship (WEC) race of the season looks like it will setup an incredible 24 Hours of Le Mans. The LMP1 class has been much more crowded compared to a few years ago when it just had Audi and Toyota. This year it will have Audi, Toyota, Porsche and Nissan (although they aren’t competing in all WEC races this season).
Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to find out who won the 6 Hours of Silverstone.
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Porsche’s Racing Heritage
In the heart of every street Porsche is the soul of a race car. You can feel it in the way it handles and depending on the model, the way it accelerate.
Porsche has quite a history of winning races. The technology that is developed and perfected through competition is a large part of why the German performance car maker’s road going machines are so good.
Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to see how the street cars relate to the technology from their race cars.
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Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 Car
Porsche has announced news about the upcoming World Endurance Championship (WEC) season and their entrance in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The German performance car maker finished the 2014 WEC season on a high note with the 919 Hybrid LMP1 car’s first overall victory. Now they are hoping that this success will continue in 2015.
To help Porsche be more competitive they will be entering a third 919 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Drivers of the third car will be Formula One driver Nico Hülkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy.
Wolfgang Hatz, the Porsche AG board member for research and development which includes motorsport, commented about the expectations before the press conference: “The LMP1 program’s most important target is the research and development of future technologies for our road cars. For Porsche as a sports car manufacturer the credo always is to pair maximum sportiness with the highest possible efficiency. The WEC’s revolutionary consumption regulations form an ideal research platform for this. In 2014 we introduced a very brave powertrain concept for the 919 Hybrid and it instantly proved itself. This enabled us to make the car’s second generation a comprehensive evolution instead of an entirely new development. In 2015 we want to compete with an able-to-win package.”
The additional 919 will also race in the Six-Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Adding a third car shows that Porsche is really hoping to knock off Audi for endurance racing’s highest honor. One they have won many times in the past.
Desktop wallpaper of the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 Car
Rennsport Reunion V
Not very long ago we told you to mark your calendars for Rennsport Reunion V. Well, we should have told you to do so in pencil because the date is changing which is causing some craziness for those wanting to attend.
The reason for the date change is a scheduling conflict with the World Endurance Champion (WEC) racing series. The date for the all Porsche racing car event at Laguna Seca was changed to allow for the 919 Hybrid, 911 RSR and current racing drivers to be able to attend.
“We felt it would be in the best interest for all parties to take this unusual step and move the date,” said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “By moving Rennsport Reunion V ahead two weeks, we ensure that our current 919 Hybrid LMP1 and 911 RSR race teams, and more importantly, our new generation of racing heroes can join our racing legends and be part of the festivities among our many fans.”
The new dates are now September 25th-27th. So, mark your calendars again and this time you should be able to use preeminent ink.
Porsche Motorsport in 2014
2014 was a huge year for Porsche Motorsport and it gave us racing fans plenty to follow. Of course the big news of the year was the return of Porsche to the top level of competition at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It may not have gone as planned, but they were in position for the victory until the last few hours of the legendary endurance race.
The season had its up and downs, but the German performance car maker continued to improve and learn from each race. Then fittingly on the last race of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) season the 919 Hybrid LMP1 car managed its long awaited overall victory.
This video features highlights from the action that happened for Porsche racing in 2014. It gives a recap of each race in the WEC season. With a strong finish and some good showings, 2015 looks to be a great year for racing fans of the marquee.
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