Porsche returns to 24 hours of Le Mans

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24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the most prestigious racing events in the world, especially after 2011’s show – there is nothing better than this. 24 Hours of Nurburgring was a solid delight as well this year however, the dogfights that Le Mans 2011 offered were truly astonishing. It was Audi vs Peugeot in the top LMP1 class while BMW vs Corvette vs Ferrari at the GTE class and everyone put up a show which the Formula 1 fans crave for.

And the Le Mans is about to get better as Porsche has announced its return to 24 hours of Le Mans top LMP1 class with a short video and a press release which is followed after the article. Porsche has won the 24 hours of Le Mans more than any other automaker, not even Audi with its ten win to Porsche 16 and Ferrari with its 9 wins.

However all those wins were along time ago, some 13 years ago and today the competition is dominated by Porsche’s sister company, Audi with Peugeot following closely at its tail. So if you’re wondering how would Audi and Porsche fight when they are owned by the same company, VW. Audi’s team posted on Facebook that the decision was made independently by its Stuttgart-based sister company and that it looks forward to the competition.

So Audi is not dropping out anytime soon and there is a lot of awesome racing action about to come watching Porsche take on Audi, Peugeot, and Aston Martin anticipated to be joining Le Mans in the coming years will hopefully produce some nail-biting race action.

Press Release

Porsche returns to Le Mans in 2014

Stuttgart. Porsche returns to Le Mans with a works-run LMP1 sports prototype. The first outing of the completely new developed race car is planned for the year 2014. With 16 overall victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in Le Mans. The most recent win was in 1998 with the Porsche 911 GT1.

“Motorsport was always an essential part of the Porsche brand,” emphasises Matthias Müller, President of the Executive Board at Porsche AG. “So for us it was only a matter of time before we returned as a factory to the top league of racing. Porsche’s successes in Le Mans are unrivalled. We want to follow up on this with the 17th outright victory.”

With the RS Spyder sports prototype that was run with great success from 2006 to 2008 by the factory-backed Penske Racing team in the USA and to 2010 by several customer teams worldwide, Porsche has set the benchmark recently in the LMP2 category. “With the RS Spyder we proved that our motorsport engineers in Weissach are at the forefront,” says Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG. “For instance, we were the first to run a high-revving race engine with direct fuel injection, DFI, setting new standards in performance and efficiency. Recently, with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, we adopted a completely new drive technology for racing purposes and achieved a considerable reduction in consumption.”

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport, is already prepared for one of the most challenging development programmes in the company’s history. “We’re looking forward to the task of developing new technologies and to continue on with the success of the Porsche RS Spyder. After the conclusion of our works-supported sports prototype programme in the American Le Mans Series we have kept up with the latest technological advances. Now we will begin with detailed research in order to evaluate the various concept alternatives for our new car. These obviously depend on how the regulations for the year 2014 look in detail. In principle, these regulations are interesting for us because the integration of our hybrid technology in the vehicle concept is one possible option.”

Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood claimed the first overall victory for Porsche in 1970 with the legendary 917 short-tail. The 16th and by now last overall win was secured by Laurent Aiello, Stéphane Ortelli and Allan McNish in 1998 with the 911 GT1. In the years 2008 and 2009, the Porsche RS Spyder sports prototype won the title in the LMP2 category.

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