The trophy for the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has found a new home in the Porsche Museum. After three consecutive absolute victories in the toughest endurance race in the world, Porsche has already earned the right to keep the trophy for this challenge forever.
For the past four years, the Porsche LMP team made history in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Since its debut at the 6 Hours of Silverstone in April 2014, the innovative Porsche 919 Hybrid has achieved 17 victories in 34 WEC races in which he has competed. This includes seven doubles in category 1 prototypes, for cars over 900 horsepower, in addition to starting in pole position 20 times, being the fastest vehicle in qualifying, and achieving the fastest lap in race 13 times.
This technological champion, powered by two hybrid systems, has achieved something even more important: the victory of Porsche in the World Championship and in the most important event of this event, the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 2015, 2016 and 2017. .
In 2015, the German Nico Hülkenberg gave the vehicle a perfect debut in this classic endurance race. After a solid performance overnight, alongside New Zealander Earl bamber and English Nick tandy, Nico crossed the finish line in the lead first in the 919 Hybrid. A year later, the French Romain Dumas, the Swiss Neel jani and the german Marc lieb They put under pressure the rival who led the test (an official Toyota), in an exciting chase that led to his withdrawal a few minutes before the end of the test. And in June of this year, after suffering a setback in the opening bars, Bamber, the German Timo Bernhard and the New Zealander Brendon Hartley they secured the 19th overall victory for Porsche at Le Mans, after a fantastic comeback.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid is the most complex racing car that the brand has built in its 70-year history. With its 800 volt technology and many other novel features, it has also served as a rolling test laboratory for future innovations. These innovations provide the essential foundation for the sports car of the future, the 100% electric series production version of the prototype. Mission E.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid race in the WEC came to an end at the Bahrain 6 Hours last November. Next year, as it prepares for its Formula E landing, the Stuttgart brand will go on a full farewell tour with numerous events.