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2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid

2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid
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Porsche’s new LMP1 racer is ready to hit the track

Developed between 2012 and 2013, the 919 Hybrid hit the track for the 2014 World Endurance Championship, marking Porsche’s return to top-tier racing since 1998. With a hybrid drivetrain that included a turbocharged V-4 engine, a rather awkward choice compared to what Audi and Toyota used in their prototypes, the 919 finished the 2014 WEC season third, managing to score only one win at Interlagos. At Le Mans, Porsche had to settle for 11th place. In 2015, the Germans returned with an improved version of the LMP1 and won five out of eight races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning the Manufacturers’ Championship ahead of Audi and Toyota. For 2016, Porsche has revised the 919 Hybrid once again in order to defend its WEC and Le Mans trophies.

Much like all updates for modern prototype race cars, the 2016-spec 919 Hybrid is far from being a radical departure compared to its predecessor. Both the aerodynamic package and the drivetrain are indeed different, but to the extent that they no longer share components with the previous design. With the 919 already a successful race car, Porsche focused on improving efficiency and and reducing curb weight rather than enhancing performance, mostly because new FIA restrictions force Porsche to use around eight percent less fuel and power throughout the 2016 season.

This season, Porsche’s Team will field two 919 Hybrids. Car No. 1 will be driven by 2015 champions Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, and Brendon Hartley, while car No. 2 will be shared by Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, and Marc Lieb. Is the updated 919 good enough to defend its title? Find out more in our review below.

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Can The Porsche 919 Evo Actually Destroy The Nurburgring's 35-Year Old Lap Record?

Can The Porsche 919 Evo Actually Destroy The Nurburgring’s 35-Year Old Lap Record?

The math hints that there’s a good possibility it can

Auto journalist Misha Charoudin believes that the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is not only capable of beating the all-time lap record at the Nurburgring, but with the help of a few calculations, it can actually destroy the record. The auto scribe was at the Nurburgring a few days ago at the same time as the 919 Hybrid Evo, and he was able to see up-close exactly what the record-breaking racer is capable of. With the data that he gathered, combined with a few mathematical computations, Charoudin asserts that in ideal track conditions, the 919 Hybrid Evo would be capable of posting a lap time of under five minutes.

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The Nurburgring's All-Time Lap Record Could Be In Trouble

The Nurburgring’s All-Time Lap Record Could Be In Trouble

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo looks ready to slay the dragon

If the Nurburgring’s 35-year old all-time lap record ends up falling, we can point to the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo as the car that did it. The unrestricted version of the German automaker’s LMP1 racer was recently spotted going full blast at the Nurburgring, fueling speculation that the car is preparing to take down the track’s 6:11.3 lap record that was set in 1983 by Stefan Bellof and his Porsche 956. It’s unclear if the 919 Hybrid Evo’s appearance at the Nordschleife is a sign of things to come, but the car’s recent globe-trotting, record-breaking exploits on other race tracks suggest that it has its sights sets on breaking the world’s pre-eminent lap record.

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Porsche 919 Hybrid Wallops Its Way To Spa Lap Record, Nurburgring Could Be Next

Porsche 919 Hybrid Wallops Its Way To Spa Lap Record, Nurburgring Could Be Next

Could one of the most successful LMP1 racers add more accolades to its ledger?

The Porsche 919 Hybrid is arguably the most dominant LMP1 racer that Porsche has ever had. It won the last three World Endurance Championships, including three straight Le Mans titles. Now that the 919 Hybrid is headed to retirement, Porsche freed it from the technical regulations of the WEC, gave it a new name (919 Evo), bumped up its power, and unleashed it on some of the most famous race tracks in the world. The first stop in this track world tour was Spa Francorchamps, and, believe it or not, the 919 Evo turned in a record-breaking lap time of 1:41.7, breaking the 1:42.553 lap time set last year by Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes Formula One car.

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Porsche 919 Hybrid Technology To Be Used In Road Cars

Porsche 919 Hybrid Technology To Be Used In Road Cars

The company’s Tesla Model S fighter will feature race-bred electric motors

At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche introduced the Mission E conceptc` and confirmed plans to develop an all-electric luxury sedan that will be worthy of the company’s badge in terms of performance. Today, Porsche announced that the upcoming EV based on the Mission E will use technology developed for the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid race car.

Specifically, the all-electric sedan will borrow the "800-Volt" powertrain from the prototype racer. Although actual details aren’t yet available, Porsche admitted that the 919 served as the trial vehicle for the voltage level of future hybrid drivetrains, adding that it also learned how to keep the battery and electric motor cool under extreme high-voltage conditions.

The Germans didn’t say how much of the 919’s powertrain will make it into the production sedan, but it’s worth noting that the race car uses two energy recovery systems. During braking, a generator at the front-axle converts the car’s kinetic energy into electrical energy. In the split exhaust system, one turbine drives the turbocharger while another converts surplus energy into electrical energy. The braking energy contributes 60 percent, with the remaining 40 percent is produced from exhaust gas.

The recuperated electrical energy is stored temporarily in a lithium-ion battery and feeds an electric motor at the press of a button whenever the driver needs the extra oomph. If adopted, the system will of course work in a different way, but the components are likely to be similar. If anything, Porsche will make certain adjustments to optimize them for road use and in different output configurations.

Details about horsepower, torque, and performance-related figures are still scant, but this is far from surprising given that the production model is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2020.

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2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid

2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid

Porsche’s new LMP1 racer is ready to hit the track

Developed between 2012 and 2013, the 919 Hybrid hit the track for the 2014 World Endurance Championship, marking Porsche’s return to top-tier racing since 1998. With a hybrid drivetrain that included a turbocharged V-4 engine, a rather awkward choice compared to what Audi and Toyota used in their prototypes, the 919 finished the 2014 WEC season third, managing to score only one win at Interlagos. At Le Mans, Porsche had to settle for 11th place. In 2015, the Germans returned with an improved version of the LMP1 and won five out of eight races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning the Manufacturers’ Championship ahead of Audi and Toyota. For 2016, Porsche has revised the 919 Hybrid once again in order to defend its WEC and Le Mans trophies.

Much like all updates for modern prototype race cars, the 2016-spec 919 Hybrid is far from being a radical departure compared to its predecessor. Both the aerodynamic package and the drivetrain are indeed different, but to the extent that they no longer share components with the previous design. With the 919 already a successful race car, Porsche focused on improving efficiency and and reducing curb weight rather than enhancing performance, mostly because new FIA restrictions force Porsche to use around eight percent less fuel and power throughout the 2016 season.

This season, Porsche’s Team will field two 919 Hybrids. Car No. 1 will be driven by 2015 champions Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, and Brendon Hartley, while car No. 2 will be shared by Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, and Marc Lieb. Is the updated 919 good enough to defend its title? Find out more in our review below.

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Porsche Releases "Road To Le Mans 2015" Documentary: Video

Porsche Releases "Road To Le Mans 2015" Documentary: Video

Porsche is famous for many motorsport achievements, but it takes the most pride in its 17 overall 24 Hours of Le Mans wins. All but one was scored between 1970 and 1998, after which the German manufacturer retired from top-tier racing, leaving Audi to win 13 races in 15 years. In the early 2010s, Stuttgart decided it was time to reclaim its crown after more than a decade and designed the 919,a hybrid LMP1 prototype with a flat-four, considered by many an oddity at the time of its unveiling.

The 919 Hybrid hit the track in 2014, but finished only 11th, failing to stop Audi from clinching yet another win. But, the Germans didn’t give up, updated the 919 Hybrid, fixed its reliability issues, and returned in 2015 to score a 1-2 win and stop Audi from celebrating for the first time since 2009. It’s been months since Porsche’s most successful endurance racing season in decades came to a halt, and the German manufacturer has released a 53-minute film that documents its efforts behind the 919 Hybrid.

The brand talks about the three years of development, preparation, and unlimited team effort that were needed to turn the 919 Hybrid into a Le Mans winner and reveals never-before-seen footage from both the testing session and the races from the FIA World Endurance Championship. You don’t have to be a Porsche enthusiast to enjoy this insightful documentary, but if you are, it’s a film you simply cannot miss. Hit play for a closer look into Porsche’s strategy at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Porsche Wins 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship

Porsche Wins 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship

Porsche secured the manufacturers’ title for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship following its success at the 6 Hours of Shanghai in China this weekend. This was Porsche’s fifth consecutive win in 2015 and gave the German team a 70-point lead over Audi, meaning the standings will remain the same at the top regardless of what happens in the final round later this month.

The No. 17 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, and Brendon Hartley took the checkered flag after six hours of intense racing ahead of teammates Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas, and Neel Jani. The 1-2 finish sealed Porsche’s first top-tier endurance championship since 1986.

Webber, Bernhard and Hartley also extended their lead in the drivers’ championship with their fourth consecutive overall win and are now only a race away from clinching that trophy too.

“What this team has done in this short period of time is just incredible,” said Mark Webber. “To come at this level and have the results they have this year — it’s really hard to produce these type of cars and this type of performance week in week out, it’s an incredible performance.”

Third place went to the No. 7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler, and Benoit Treluyer. The result leaves the Audi Sport Team Joest crew 12 points behind Porsche’s leading team, meaning that the drivers’ championship will be decided in the last round.

The 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship ends on November 21st with the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

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Porsche Pledges to Race in LMP1 Until 2018

Porsche Pledges to Race in LMP1 Until 2018

No manufacturer has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans more times than Porsche. But Porsche’s dominance of top-tier endurance racing through the ’70s and ’80s (as well as a bit in the ’90s) gave way to the company concentrating its efforts on GT3 and GT2 racing, leaving outright wins to Audi. Half of the field in any given GT3-class race is now made up of Porsche 911s, but it seems that Porsche has gotten bored with this, as the company came back to LMP1 racing last year and took a 1-2 win at Le Mans this year.

The question following this win was whether Porsche was making a serious return to LMP1 or if this was just to prove that Porsche still had what it takes to win, sort of like what Bentley did in 2003. Porsche has now given official word that the LMP1 racing program, centered around the 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid prototype, will continue until 2018. Porsche is surely pushing for those three more seasons to translate into three more outright wins at Le Mans, but Audi is definitely going to have a thing or two say about that, and we’re likely to see some very close races in the next few years.
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Porsche Needed 395 Laps And 500 Gallons Of Fuel To Win Le Mans

Porsche Needed 395 Laps And 500 Gallons Of Fuel To Win Le Mans

Not to discredit all the success Audi has had at the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the last several years, but there’s a sense of rightness in the world since Porsche won for the first time in 17 years earlier this month. Luke Skywalker is a Jedi; The Cubs never win the World Series; Kale is gross; Porsche wins Le Mans. It’s the way things are and should be.

To commemorate the win, Porsche has released a wonderfully geeky list of facts and figures that demonstrate what it takes to win at Le Mans. For instance, Porsche really won this race in the pits. The three 919s spent a total of 95 minutes on pit lane, while the next best three-car team (Audi) was there for over 130 minutes. It helped that the only parts that needed changing were the No.18’s nose twice and the rear wing and engine cover on the No.19, which was done as a precaution during a full-course yellow. You can read the whole thing in the press release below.

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2015 Le Mans Wrap-up

2015 Le Mans Wrap-up

The 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans is now officially on the books, with this year seeing all the drama and history-making moments you’d expect given the prestigious event’s 82 runnings. Taking overall victory in the premiere LMP1 class was the #19 2015 Porsche Hybrid 919, which put an end to Audi’s five-year winning streak in convincing fashion. In LMP2, the #47 KCMG Oreca-Nissan squeaked by for a hotly contested first-in-class finish, while the #64 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R took victory in the GTE-Pro class and the #72 SMP Ferrari 458 Italia won in GTE-Am.

This year saw a good deal of extremely close competition throughout the twice-around-the-clock time period, with the rain only beginning to fall in the final minutes of the race.

This also meant speeds were as high as ever, with the average velocity of the winning LMP1 team calculated at 153.5 mph. The cars also managed to eclipse the 300-km/h (186-mph) mark five times per lap, reaching a top speed of 211 mph down the straights. When the checkered finally fell, the winning Porsche had completed 395 laps, a distance of 3,345 miles.

Pilots in the winning car saw three-hour stints behind the wheel, averaging a pit stop every 45 minutes for fuel and tire changes every three hours.

The next race on the World Endurance Championship calendar is the 6 Hours of Nurburgring at the end of August.

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Porsche Sets New Qualifying Record At Le Mans

Porsche Sets New Qualifying Record At Le Mans

Porsche Team has secured the first three positions on the grid for the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend. In the process, the No. 18 car driven by Neel Jani has set a new qualifying record for the current track configuration, smashing a record that stood for six years. Jani stopped the clock at 3:16.887 minutes, beating Peugeot’s pole position time from 2008 by nearly two seconds. The previous record stood at 3:18.513 minutes.

The all-time Le Mans record, also set during qualifying, still stands at 3:13.90 minutes, as set by Pedro Rodriguez in a Porsche 917 in 1971. However, this benchmark was achieved when the track didn’t have two chicanes on the Mulsanne straight.

Porsche’s pole for this year’s race is the 17th for the company at Le Mans, but the first one in 18 years. Furthermore, it is the ninth time that three Porsches have scored a one-two-three on the grid and the first time since 1988.

"This great qualifying result is an important first part in our success. But looking forward to the race it is even more important that today we had a productive day of preparation. We have had consistently dry track conditions and went through our tire program as planned. The team and the drivers have done a top job," said Team Principal Andreas Seidl.

The green flag for the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans drops Saturday, June 13th, at 8 AM EST. You can check out the full car-spotter guide here.

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Porsche Will Sell 919 Hybrid Replica At Le Mans

Porsche Will Sell 919 Hybrid Replica At Le Mans

If you’re looking for a good conversation starter for your living room, then allow us to point you towards this full-scale mockup of a 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid Le Mans racer that’s currently for sale on eBay. It’s one of only a handful in the world and can even be mounted on a wall! It obviously doesn’t have the hybrid powertrain of a real 919, but you could always bodge an old Volkswagen engine and transmission in the back and have the coolest daily driver in your neighborhood.

It’s visually identical to the two 919s that raced at Le Mans in 2014 (the 2015 919s use revised bodywork) and has been signed by Porsche factory drivers Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber, Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb.

Previously used for promotional purposes, this resin replica is being auctioned by Porsche Asia Pacific in Singapore to benefit the SportsCares Foundation and Movement, a charity that uses sports to benefit underprivileged children, individuals with disabilities and anyone else who might need a helping hand.

The winning bidder also gets two business-class plane tickets to Singapore, where they’ll stay in a five-star hotel for two nights and attend the Porsche Circuit event on July 23rd and 24th. After that, the “buck” 919 will be shipped free of charge to anywhere in the world.

The end of the bidding period coincides with the end of this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the current high bid sits at $7,370.00. Good luck!

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Porsche Reveals 2015 Le Mans Livery

Porsche Reveals 2015 Le Mans Livery

With less than three weeks left until the green flag drops for the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche has unveiled the liveries of the three 919 Hybrids set to compete in the LMP1 class. Unlike last year’s race, where Porsche fielded cars painted in the same colors, this year’s event will bring three 919s with distinct liveries on the starting grid.

While the No. 19 car driven by Earl Bamber, Nico Hulkenberg, and Nick Tandy will use the same colors Porsche chose for its big return in 2014, the others will sport red and black liveries.

The red No. 17 car focuses on Stuttgart’s tradition at Le Mans and pays tribute to the 917 KH model that brought Porsche its first win on Circuit de la Sarthe in 1970. The "Salzburg Design," short-tail 917 was also finished in red with white stripes. The No. 17 919 will be shared by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, and Mark Webber on the track.

The third car comes wrapped in black and white stripes in a nod to the road-going 918 Spyder and the technology the 2015 919 Hybrid shares with it. The race car is also an homage to the black 918 that set a new record for production cars at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in September 2013. This 919, wearing No. 18, will be driven by Marc Lieb, the man who drove the 918 to its record lap, Romain Dumas, and Neel Jani.

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2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid

2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid

Even though it didn’t manage to end the Audi tyranny at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Porsche 919 Hybrid is still very much on a mission to bring the Stuttgart sports car builder back where it belongs in the LMP1 class in endurance racing. Having been launched in 2014, a second generation of the model, with many improved parts, began testing on the 18th of January at the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit. The improved 919 Hybrid actually had a successful initial roll-out right at the Weissach test track near Porsche’s headquarters, on December 15, 2014, with the test in Abu Dhabi being the first of plenty more to come before the World Endurance Championship (WEC) season opener takes place at Silverstone, on the 12th of April 2015.

Despite having a nearly identical exterior and being powered by the same power unit as the 2014 model, the 2015 919 Hybrid has been improved in a reasonable amount of areas, but for obvious reasons not all the upgrades are currently public. Since in endurance racing the main focus is not necessarily on fast lap times but on efficiency and reliability, most of the improvements are expected to have been made on the turbocharged , hybrid, V-4 engine that power the model.

With that being said, the 919 Hybrid also benefits form an aerodynamic upgrade that changes quite a lot of details on the car’s look, especially at the front. Porsche actually says that the 2015 WEC challenger is an all-new design based on the same concept as the 919 Hybrid that ran during 2014.

Updated 01/16/2015: Porsche announced that the 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid began its extensive testing session at the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit. After that, the car will take several performance and endurance tests before the WEC season opener on April 12 in Silverstone, Great Britain.

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Mark Webber's Porsche 919 Bursts into Flames Following a Crash in Sao Paulo

Mark Webber’s Porsche 919 Bursts into Flames Following a Crash in Sao Paulo

Sunday’s FIA World Endurance Championship race in Brazil ended in disaster for Mark Webber and his No. 20 Porsche 919. With less than 30 minutes left to race, Webber lost control in turn 14, hitting Matteo Cressoni in the No. 90 Ferrari 458 Italia, and slamming tail-first into the wall. The resulting crash led to a small fire amid the wreckage. Thankfully, both Webber and Cressoni were listed in “satisfactory” condition after being taken to a nearby hospital and are set for release this week.

With only minutes left in the six-hour endurance race, a restart was forgone, leaving the remaining drivers to finish the race under caution. While the crash is unfortunate, the events led to Webber’s Porsche teammate in the No. 14 Porsche 919 to cross the finish line first. The car was co-driven by Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, and Mark Lieb. This marks Porsche’s first victory in an endurance prototype race since 1989.

Following the Porsche over the finish line was the Toyota TS 040 LMP1 in second place and the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro in third. While the Porsche took first place, the Toyota team took home the Manufacturers’ Championship with 289 points. Audi followed up with 244 points and Porsche came in third with 193 points. The Sao Paulo race is the end of the 2014 WEC season. The 2015 season starts April 12, 2015 with the Six Hours of Silverstone.

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Porsche Explains 919 Hybrid Steering Wheel

Porsche Explains 919 Hybrid Steering Wheel

Modern race cars are far removed from the days of old. There was time where traction control consisted of your right foot, every car had three pedals, and computers didn’t even exist. My, how things have changed. Modern, high-end racers are equipped with exponentially more computing power than man used to get to the moon. There are hybrid drivetrains, traction control, multi-level ABS systems, active aerodynamics, adjustable suspensions and more, and all of this technology needs to be managed and controlled. To get an idea of how much work that really takes, Porsche has given us a quick look and overview of the steering wheel it has fitted inside its all-new 919 LMP1 Le Mans racer. It is pretty amazing.

There are 15 buttons, five adjustable knobs, four roller switches and six rear paddles; each one has a very specific function and use to help make the car faster and safer than ever before. There is also a large LCD screen dead center to let them see several pieces of telemetric information at any time.

The buttons range from simple functions like operating the headlamp flashers or the radio communications system, to more advanced features like adjusting brake bias. The paddles on the back are used to shift gears, operate the clutch, harvest electricity with brake regeneration and using stored electrical power for boost. You can see a diagram after the break that lists every button, knob and switch, as well as what they are used for.

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