Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo
The Porsche 919 Hybrid Tribute is touring the world. The prototype race car isn’t just going around the world for show, but it is mixing business with pleasure. The 919 has already set a few records and there may be more to come in the future.
Most of the time a Formula 1 car is the fastest thing on the track. But Porsche had other ideas with the 919. The first record they shot for was to prove that their prototype is faster than an F1 race car.
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Porsche at Le Mans
This year Porsche took victory in both GT classes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The German performance car maker is hoping that 2014 will be even more successful with their return to the top level of competition at the famed 24 hour race. They will face stiff competition, especially from reigning champion Audi.
If anybody can knock Audi out of the top spot it is Porsche. they have a history of a lot of success at Le Mans and have won the endurance race many times. This video shows highlights from past Le Mans victories. It includes footage of legendary race car drivers, such as Derek Bell and legendary cars, such as the Porsche 917.
Check out the video and then let us know how you think Porsche will do at Le Mans in 2014.
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The Porsche 917 is One of Our Top 5 Endurance Race Cars
Endurance racing really tests all aspects of a car. It tests how well a car can hold up over a long period of time as well as fuel economy and speed. In races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans it also tests how a driving team can handle things like driving at night while tired.
Below is our list of the top 5 endurance race cars of all time.
- Porsche 917
The Porsche 917 is possibly the best race car ever made (in any type of racing). The mid engined 12-cylinder race car was able to hit 240 mph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the early 70’s. The 917 was the car that took Porsche to the next level in racing.
- Ford GT40
The Ford GT40 is known as the Ferrari killer and for good reason, it was the car that finally took down Ferrari at Le Mans in the 60’s. After beating Ferrari it started to dominate Le Mans winning the legendary race four years in a row.
- Porsche 911
Racing variants of the 911 have been some of the most successful race cars in the world. Variants of the rear-engined sports car (and in the case of the GT1 mid-engined) have had great success with many class or overall victories.
- Ferrari 330
In the early ’60s Ferrari dominates the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They won every race from 1960 through 1965. The 330 was a dominant car that seemed impossible to beat, that is until the Ford GT40 came on the screen.
- Audi R18
In recent years Audi has dominated Le Mans. In doing so they have also proven that alternative fuels have a lot of potential in endurance racing.
Let us know if you agree with the list or if you would have a different list in the comments below.
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