Porsche returns to Le Mans in 2014

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  1. #1 nino1990, Jun 30, 2011
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    Porsche returns to Le Mans in 2014
    Development programme confirmed for LMP1 sports prototype

    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.

  2. just run a 917 again. Everyone will smash into walls staring at how great it looks and it will win.
  3. Great news!
  4. Pull out the #22 from '71 and race that, considering it's number of laps it would actually have a good shot at winning against current stuff.
  5. not on the chicaned course.
  6. I have a major boner right now! It's about time Porsche stops being scared and did LMP1...
  7. the awesome sound of it should cause a distraction too.
  8. This is fantastic news and it's where Porsche should have been all this time. This will probably mark the end of Audi in LMP1 though.
  9. Take them out!
  10. If they only returned to F1, Then things would be almost perfect.
  11. It's called F1

  12. #12 CitroenSM, Jul 1, 2011
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  13. Clearly you are the technical engineer in this thread

  14. Owned.
  15. Audi is moving to F1 in 2014

  16. why did they actually leave lemans?
  17. They stopped racing at Le Mans at the top class so they'd have the $$ to develop the Cayenne.

    Luckily the Cayenne was such a success that $$ from that helped develop the RS Spyder.
  18. Don't count on it.

    Audi's head of motorsport, Wolfgang Ullrich is vehement that Audi belongs in sportscars (which they do).
  19. haha oh really? damn
  20. they also got sick of raping everyone mercilessly after the 80s.
  21. BMW needs to come back to Le Mans too. That would be so awesome!
  22. looking forward to this

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