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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Qualifying, rd 5 at the F1 race in Hockenheim/Germany

Thiim tops time sheets at hottest qualifying of the year

Nicki Thiim (DK) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Stuttgart. Nicki Thiim (Walter Lechner Racing Team) has clinched the fastest time in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup qualifying session on the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. The Dane outpaced his rivals at the wheel of his 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and relegated Kévin Estre (F/Mc Gregor powered by Attempto Racing) and Michael Ammermüller (D/Walter Lechner Racing Team) to the second and third grid positions.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

“It’s great to be back up the front. In this heat the race will be hard work, but I can hardly wait,” said a satisfied Thiim. VIP-driver Patrick Dempsey encountered tough opposition amongst the 27-strong field of seasoned Cup contenders. The long distance pilot and actor takes up the sprint from 26th place.

Patrick Dempsey (USA) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Patrick Dempsey (USA)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

In sweltering summer temperatures fans were treated to a thrilling qualifying session on the storied German race track: the air temperature of 31 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 51 degrees made this qualifying session the hottest of the season. The best grid spots for the race on Sunday were posted in the final five minutes of the 30-minute session. After topping the time charts for much of the time, the winner of the International Cup Scholarship Earl Bamber (NZ/Fach Auto Tech) was shunted by Thiim from his top spot five minutes before the end of the session with a time of 1:43.251 minutes, followed closely by his former teammate Kévin Estre in 1:43.493 minutes. The reigning Supercup title holder held on to his pole-setting time to the end. In the final seconds, Bavaria’s Michael Ammermüller made a last ditch attempt to knock him off the front grid spot and landed on a commendable third place.

Philipp Eng (A) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Philipp Eng (A)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

The close results of the following positions are evidence of the tough competition in this international Porsche championship. With their identical 911 GT3 Cup racers, the fastest 17 drivers all posted times within a mere seven-tenths of a second. Porsche junior Sven Mueller(D/Team Project 1) scored the spot behind Bamber in fifth. “At first we were the fastest but on the second set of tyres I encountered some traffic, explained Bamber. “I improved on the stuff I got wrong on Friday,” concluded Mueller, “and now I’m quite pleased with my performance.”

Kévin Estre (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Kévin Estre (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Lining up alongside Mueller on the third grid row is his junior colleague Klaus Bachler (A/Konrad Motorsport). “It was incredibly close at the top. I’m curious to see what the weather is going to do tomorrow – whether it stays dry or rains,” said Bachler. Kuba Giermaziak (PL/VERVA Lechner Racing Team), the current points’ leader and the winner of two rounds so far this season, takes up the race from seventh, with Pieter Schothorst (NL/Mc Gregor powered by Attempto Racing) on position eight.

Klaus Bachler (A) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Klaus Bachler (A)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Porsche junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport) sits in twelfth: “It’s not exactly the result I’d hoped for. The conditions were difficult with lots of yellow flags out during the qualifying.” Porsche junior Alex Riberas (E/Mc Gregor powered by Attempto Racing) was disappointed with his 16th position. “I found the qualifying very tough. At first I was sitting fifth, but then the yellow flag came out while I was on my second set of tyres before I’d finished my lap,” stated the 20-year-old Spaniard.

Sven Müller (D), Earl Bamber (NZ), Alex Riberas (E), Klaus Bachler (A), Connor de Phillippi (USA), Neel Jani (CH) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Sven Müller (D), Earl Bamber (NZ), Alex Riberas (E), Klaus Bachler (A), Connor de Phillippi (USA), Neel Jani (CH)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

VIP-driver Patrick Dempsey achieved 26th at his Supercup debut: “I’m really pleased with my qualifying. I tried to brake later each lap and managed to improve considerably on my times from Friday’s free practice. But in such an incredibly strong field it wasn’t enough for a position near the front. I’m very much looking forward to the race. My first standing start at an international race will be a completely new experience for me.”

Patrick Dempsey (USA) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

Patrick Dempsey (USA)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Hockenheim 2014

In Sunday’s race, pole-sitter Nicki Thiim could become the fourth different winner from five races. Bamber won the season-opener in Barcelona, Giermaziak dominated in Monaco and Spielberg, and Clemens Schmid (A/Walter Lechner Racing Team) in Silverstone. A glance at the qualifying results also shows that no one as yet has emerged as a favourite. Philipp Eng (A/Team Project 1) clinched pole position in Barcelona and Spielberg, Giermaziak in Monaco, Schmid in Silverstone and now Thiim in Hockenheim.

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Sky Deutschland covers the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup from 11.35 hours CEST and broadcasts the race, as does Eurosport, live from 11.45 hours.

Qualifying Hockenheim
1. Nicki Thiim (DK/Walter Lechner Racing Team), 1:43.251 min
2. Kévin Estre (F/Mc Gregor powered by Attempto Racing), 1:43.493
3. Michael Ammermüller (D/Walter Lechner Racing Team), 1:43.598
4. Earl Bamber (NZ/Fach Auto Tech), 1:43.611
5. Sven Müller (D/Team Project 1), 1:43.635
6. Klaus Bachler (A/Konrad Motorsport), 1:43.661
7. Kuba Giermaziak (PL/VERVA Lechner Racing Team), 1:43.667
8. Pieter Schothorst (NL/Mc Gregor powered by Attempto Racing), 1:43.691

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Communication Porsche AG
Motorsport Press

 

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VIDEO: Travel in style in the Porsche 918 Spyder Luggage Set

 

A new luggage series for a super sports car, created by the Porsche Design Studio

918 Spyder luggage set

918 Spyder luggage set

Stuttgart. The new Porsche 918 Spyder luggage set presented by Porsche Tequipment is the first suitcase and bag series specially designed for trips away in this high-performance Sports Car. Designed by the Porsche Design Studio and developed by Porsche in Weissach, the luggage collection is an ideal match for the interior of the super sports car. The material concept of these luxurious accessories is based on those used in the passenger compartment of the 918 Spyder*, and the set is also designed to make optimum use of the space available in the vehicle.

The series is available in three versions: as a five-piece luggage set, a three-piece travel set or a two-piece stowage set. The entire set comprises two storage boxes, two garment covers and a trolley.

The trolley was specially designed to fit the luggage compartment of the 918 Spyder and has a capacity of 30 litres. Its unusual form means that it leaves more than enough space in the luggage compartment to stow the removable roof halves of the 918 Spyder as well. The trolley can be expanded to hold an additional 10 litres if necessary.

A carbon case for the centre console is also included in the collection. The box opens on the passenger’s side and fits into the elevated centre console, providing stowage space of around 4 litres.

An additional small storage box utilises the space in the glove box for secure stowage. The fact that it is opened and closed using the flap of the glove compartment means that it is ideally integrated into the vehicle.
The luggage set is rounded off by two garment covers which can be securely attached to the carbon-fibre monocoque behind the seats thanks to a specially designed hanging system. The magnetic clasps on the inside of the garment protectors make it easier to fold them together. The protective covers are also shaped to fit the available space, unlike conventional garment covers.

The 918 Spyder luggage series is “Handmade in Germany“. The pieces of luggage are made from a unique high-quality combination of exposed carbon and authentic natural leather. The insides of the boxes, the garment covers and the suitcase are lined with Alcantara. The set thus references the popular motor sports materials which are also used in the interior of the 918 Spyder. The luggage set is available in the same versions as the vehicle interior: Garnet Red-Silver, Onyx Black-Acid Green, Onyx Black-Silver, Mocca Brown-Silver and Mocca Brown-Orange.

Wherever you are in the world, the “Tequipment Accessories Finder” at http://www.porsche.com/tequipment can be used to search online for information about products from Porsche Tequipment. The online portal’s search function provides a quick and easy overview of the Porsche accessories range.

*Porsche 918 Spyder: combined fuel consumption: 3.1 – 3.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 12.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 72 – 70 g/km

Source: Product and Technology Communication

 

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Porsche 911 Storm tested: Adaptive Aerodynamics

Air makes things slower. And air makes things faster: Aerodynamics is both a curse and a blessing for sports cars. The keyword here: downforce.

Throughout its 50 years of development, the basic form of the Porsche 911 has been a perfect aerodynamic example of the latter. At the same time, the 911 provides an impressive lesson on how it is possible to continue to aerodynamically refine a car’s basic form without losing key aspects of its distinctive design and brand recognition.

The aerodynamic contour of the Porsche 911 stems from the 1950s and is a legacy of the Porsche 356. In those days, attempts were made to adopt and develop streamlined forms from aviation. The role model for the contour of the original Porsche was a teardrop profile of a cross-section of an aircraft wing. The advantages of this form: It reduces drag, and high driving speeds can be achieved even at low engine output – a basic Porsche principle. This also provided the foundation for success in motor sports. Because Porsche sports cars have also always been designed for motor sports, the brand’s classical testing grounds. Reduced power output means reduced energy consumption. Outstanding efficiency has always been an essential trait of the 911.

However, flow dynamics around the basic form of a 911 are not always advantageous. A basic disadvantage of a sports car with a streamlined chassis is the “lift-off effect” (aerodynamic lift) at the front and rear axles – which is required in aircraft, but not in automobiles. It is especially detrimental, since lift forces increase exponentially with vehicle speed: Doubling vehicle speed quadruples the force of aerodynamic lift. From about 80 km/h, air is the dominating drag force that counters all further acceleration and needs to be overcome with engine power.

Long rear section for low air drag

The flow dynamics of any given basic form produces both drag and lift forces. In order to reduce their effects, the flow dynamics must be modified in specific ways with the help of aerodynamic add-on parts. A legendary example was provided by Porsche in the early 1970s in the form of the 917 racing car, which was equipped with an extra long chassis for high speed tracks – the famous long-tail racing car with particularly low air drag for Le Mans.

Based on this experience, Porsche equipped the 911 S with the first front spoiler in 1971. It accelerated the air flow underneath the vehicle, diverted some of the air around the sides and therefore reduced aerodynamic lift of the vehicle’s front section. The advantages were improved directional stability and easier controllability. The Carrera RS 2.7, designed for motor sports in 1972, brought a milestone in aerodynamic development to the market: Not only was it equipped with a low-slung front spoiler, but also with a distinctive spoiler over the bonnet – the legendary “ducktail”. Both add-on components improved airflow around the 911 and reduced aerodynamic lift and drag. The result: The Carrera RS 2.7 was particularly fast and efficient, while also offering excellent road-handling characteristics at high speeds. One year later, the prototype of the first 911 Turbo further intensified on-going aerodynamic development of the 911 chassis with a large, fixed rear spoiler.

Porsche 911 Turbo Aerodynamics: Best of All Worlds 

Treadmill ground simulation in the wind tunnel

Porsche has continued to improve the aerodynamics of the 911 and reduce its air drag and lift from generation to generation. Driving performance increased while fuel consumption was reduced. The cladding of the undercarriage became increasingly smoother. All air flows used for brake and engine cooling are aerodynamically optimised, which results in a particularly efficient design.

In this area, Porsche focuses on state-of-the-art development tools. Simulations are initially used to test the effects of aerodynamically relevant designs on airflow through and around the vehicle. To optimise cooling requirements, the simulation also includes heat sources such as the engine, transmission, exhaust system and brakes. Aerodynamics engineers can also access a wind tunnel equipped with a highly accurate weight scale and a moving belt ground simulator. The weight scale permits exact measurement of how lift or downforce affect axle loads as a function of speed. The moving belt simulates the road and can run underneath the vehicle at speeds of up to 300 km/h to simulate the relative motion between the car and the road as realistically as possible.

The importance of aerodynamics continued to grow with increases in road performance and the brand’s standard for continual performance improvement. In the late 1980s, Porsche developed an extendable rear spoiler for the 964 to combine the indispensable effect of vehicle bypass flows with the demands on the typical Porsche design. This completed the first step towards adaptive aerodynamics.

Source: Porsche AG / Technology

 

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Maria Sharapova driven to Pre-Wimbledon party in a Porsche 918 Spyder by Mark Webber

French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens.  Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit  should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Stuttgart. Their first appearances at the world’s most famous tournament traditionally come not on the green grass but on the red carpet – at the WTA’s Pre-Wimbledon Party.

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

As the partner of the prestigious event, Porsche for the first time ensured that the players were driven quickly and safely from their hotels through London’s traffic to the Kensington Roof Gardens venue.

 French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens.  Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Superstar Maria Sharapova had the pleasure of not only an exceptional car but also a special chauffeur: the Porsche Brand Ambassador and recent French Open winner was chauffeured by Porsche works driver Mark Webber in a Porsche 918 Spyder, the super sports car with its innovative plug-in hybrid technology.

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Porsche Brand Ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Mark Webber arrive with a Porsche 918 Spyder super sportscar for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

The CO2 emission of the 918 Spyder is so minimal that it is exempted from the London Congestion Charge. When arriving at the red carpet, the exceptional car and its famous occupants both attracted a lot of attention from the waiting fans.

“What a fantastic way to arrive at the party,” enthused Maria Sharapova. “To be in the fastest Porsche with a racing driver like Mark is amazing. And it’s great too to be driving in a city like London running only on electric power – the 918 Spyder is an unbelievable car!”

 French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit : Matt Alexander/PA Wire

French Open winner, Maria Sharapova, is picked up from The Goring hotel in Central London by Porsche Works Driver and ‘world’s fastest chauffeur’ Mark Webber, in the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder and driven to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. Hitting 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a top speed of 214 mph, the 918 Spyder is the most powerful road car Porsche has built to date, yet is exempt from the Congestion Charge as the plug-in hybrid super sports car emits less CO2 than most small cars and many other hybrid vehicles. Photo credit : Matt Alexander/PA Wire

“Having just driven the Porsche 919 Hybrid race car at the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, I already know that this technology can produce incredible results,” said Mark Webber. “The 918 Spyder is the closest thing to a road-going version, and it’s just as amazing – especially as it can be driven into London for free. And of course it’s great fun to drive Maria around in it!”

Mark Webber, Porsche works driver

Mark Webber, Porsche works driver

Other top tennis stars like Serena and Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic and Andrea Petkovic were all chauffeured to the red carpet in a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Andrea Petkovic arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Victoria Azarenka arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Victoria Azarenka arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Eugenie Bouchard arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Eugenie Bouchard arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Dominika Cibulkova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Dominika Cibulkova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Daniela Hantuchova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Daniela Hantuchova arrives with a Porsche Panamera for the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London, UK

Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam tournament of the year and begins on the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the London suburb on coming Monday. Porsche Team Germany’s Angelique Kerber, Sabine Lisicki, last year’s runner-up, and Andrea Petkovic are all seeded.

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World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier returns to Porsche cockpit

Sébastien Ogier (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup  - Monaco 2013

Sébastien Ogier (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Monaco 2013

Press Release 19/06/2014

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Spielberg/Austria

Stuttgart. Prominent guest drivers regularly take up the challenge of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Last season nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb and five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro pitted themselves against the best Porsche sprint pilots.

Sébastien Ogier (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup  - Monaco 2013

Sébastien Ogier (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Monaco 2013

This coming weekend (20-22 June) the reigning World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier races a Project 1 team campaigned 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at round three at Spielberg (Austria), where he faces 27 Porsche specialists. The 30-year-old Volkswagen WRC pilot has already had a taste of the Supercup action last year when he contested the race in Monaco.

Sébastien Ogier (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup  - Monaco 2013

Sébastien Ogier (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Monaco 2013

“Obviously racing on a circuit is very different from rallying. But every race driver has a passion for speed and so it’s always exciting to gain new experiences,” stated Ogier.

In 2013, the Frenchman clinched the world championship title for Volkswagen and has won four of six WRC rounds contested so far this year. Before he tackles the “Lotos Rally Poland” from 27-29 June, Ogier is eager to put in a strong performance at Spielberg.

Sébastien Ogier (F), Sébastien Loeb (F) Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup  - Monaco 2013

Sébastien Ogier (F), Sébastien Loeb (F)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Monaco 2013

The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is contested as support to Formula 1 nine times this season. One race is held at each of the eight European rounds, with the season wrapped up with a newly-scheduled double-header from 31 October to 2 November in Austin (Texas). Regarded as the pinnacle of Porsche’s 19 national one-make race series, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has become a launching platform into professional motor racing.

“We are delighted that famous guest drivers are always keen to take up the challenge in our series. Having Sébastien Ogier at Spielberg and Patrick Dempsey at Hockenheim for Porsche AG we have two prominent guest drivers with us again this season,” says Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Manager Jonas Krauss.

 

Source:  Communication Porsche AG / Motorsport Press

 

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Porsche keen to repeat last year’s GT victory, Sports Car World Championship WEC, rd 3, Le Mans 24 Hours/France

 

Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche Team Manthey: Marco Holzer, Frederic Makowiecki, Richard Lietz

Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche Team Manthey: Marco Holzer, Frederic Makowiecki, Richard Lietz

Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche Team Manthey: Patrick Pilet, Joerg Bergmeister, Nick Tandy

Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche Team Manthey: Patrick Pilet, Joerg Bergmeister, Nick Tandy

 

Stuttgart. It was a debut made to order: At its first ever outing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year, the Porsche 911 RSR brought home a double victory. At the 82nd edition of the world’s most famous long distance race, contested on the Circuit des 24 Heures on 14/15 June, Porsche Team Manthey will again field a pair of 911 RSR in the GTE-Pro class. Taking up the challenge alongside the factory squad, Porsche customer teams from Europe and America again contest the GTE-Am class, which Porsche also won last year. The classic event in provincial France, where Porsche is chronicled as the most successful manufacturer with 16 overall victories, is regarded as the highlight of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC).

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The race
First contested in 1923, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the toughest automobile race in the world and represents the greatest challenge motorsport has to offer. What makes this classic so unique is also the 13.65 kilometre “Circuit des 24 Heures”, one of the oldest and fastest race tracks in the world with 38 corners and the legendary five-kilometre long Mulsanne straight. Almost 75 percent of a lap is driven at full throttle.

Porsche drivers
Double points are awarded for round three of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC at Le Mans. Tackling the GTE-Pro class in the number 91 Porsche 911 RSR are Porsche factory pilots Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain). Sharing the #92 cockpit are their works driver colleagues Marco Holzer (Germany), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and last year’s winner Richard Lietz (Austria). Customer teams take on the GTE-Am class with a pair of 911 RSR: For the Dempsey Racing-Proton outfit, Patrick Dempsey (USA) and Joe Foster (USA) join forces with Porsche works driver Patrick Long (USA). Christian Ried (Germany), Porsche junior Klaus Bachler (Austria) and Khaled Al Qubaisi (Abu Dhabi) compete for Proton Competition. The customer squads IMSA Performance Matmut and Prospeed Competition each bring two Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in last year’s spec to the start. IMSA Performance Matmut has contracted an all-French driver line-up with Erik Maris, Jean Marc Merlin and Eric Hélary as well as Raymond Narac, Nicolas Armindo and David Hallyday. Taking on the challenge for Prospeed Competition are Cooper MacNeil (USA), Bret Curtis (USA) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) as well as Frenchmen Francois Perrodo and Emmanuel Collard.

The Porsche 911 RSR
The Porsche 911 RSR which Porsche has campaigned in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship since 2013 is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car. At its race debut last year the 470 hp winning racer from Weissach scored a brilliant double victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For 2014, the 911 RSR received improvements in many areas. In addition to winning the WEC season opener at Silverstone, this racer has also clinched victories at the long distance classics at Daytona and Sebring. Through the balance of performance ruling, the 911 RSR for Le Mans must now weigh 25 kilograms more than last year’s contender, with the restrictors reduced from 29.6 to 29.3 millimetres.

The schedule
Free practice on the Circuit des 24 Heures is held on Wednesday, 11 June, from 16.00 to 20.00 hrs, followed by the first qualifying session from 22.00 hrs to midnight. Two more qualifying sessions follow on Thursday, 12 June, from 19.00 to 21.00 hrs and from 22.00 hrs to midnight. The start flag for the 24 hour pursuit drops on Saturday, 14 June, at 15.00 hours. The 56-strong field is sent on its way by ex-Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso.

TV tips
Eurosport International and Eurosport 2 alternately broadcast the complete race live. The last two hours of free practice as well as the three qualifying sessions and the warm-up are also televised live. Also aired during the week are various programmes highlighting the world’s most famous long distance race with news, interviews, portraits and background reports. Detailed TV information is available on http://www.eurosport.com.

Quotes before the race

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport:

“Le Mans is the highlight of the year. For our teams and drivers this race represents an exceptional challenge – and we’re feeling highly motivated and very well prepared. After our double victory at the season-opener in Silverstone, our car now has to carry 25 extra kilograms of ballast and the diameter of the two restrictors is now 0.3 millimetres smaller than last year’s. When considering the additional changes made, as against 2013, at one or the other competitor one has to question to what extent is the Balance of Performance actually balanced. We feel it is a matter of utmost urgency in the spirit of the sport to find a regulation for the classification of vehicles where you don’t have to fear being punished for a good performance, like what happened to us after Silverstone. Nevertheless, we’ll work extremely hard to do a good job at Le Mans – just like last year.”

Joerg Bergmeister (#91):

“I’ve raced at Le Mans since 2002 and it’s a fantastic feeling to be back again this year. It’s the season highlight for me. This race has a very special atmosphere and it’s always incredibly demanding. More than anything I enjoy the extremely fast corners, they’re the most fun. Last year we came second behind our teammates and I wouldn’t mind at all if we switch positions this year.”

Patrick Pilet (#91):

“Le Mans is a very special race, especially for me as a Frenchman. It’s always an incredible feeling to go racing on such an extreme circuit in front of so many fans. Aside from the Indy 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans is the greatest race on Earth. We are well prepared and our 911 RSR is a strong contender, especially on the long straights. It would be fantastic if we could turn this into a win. We were so close last year.”

Nick Tandy (#91):

“Ever since I began racing for Porsche at Le Mans in 2010 it has been my goal to secure a podium spot here. You only get this chance once a year and I’ll do everything within my power to make it happen. For a race driver, Le Mans is a magical place. Even when you arrive in the paddock you get a sense of the great history. And the Circuit des 24 Heures is something very special with its unique combination of race track and normal country roads. It’s an honour for me to drive again for Porsche at Le Mans this year.”

Marco Holzer (#92):

“At my first race in Le Mans in 2010 we managed to achieve a podium finish with third place. When I think back to the cheering crowds at the award ceremony it still sends shivers down my spine. I’d very much like to experience this feeling again and our chances don’t look too bad. We have a great car and a strong team behind us. But in Le Mans you can’t afford to make one mistake. You have to be totally focussed otherwise you can forget it.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (#92):

“As a Frenchman you simply have to race at Le Mans. And you want to win. Your family is watching at the track, your friends are there supporting you. This makes it hugely motivating to achieve everything you’ve set out to do. As a child I dreamed of Porsche. I launched my racing career with Porsche. If I could now win Le Mans with Porsche, well that would just be the best thing in the world. But first we have to face 24 gruelling hours where pretty much anything can happen.”

Richard Lietz (#92):

“I have many wonderful memories of Le Mans, especially my wins in 2007, 2010 and 2013. It’s the greatest race in the world. I love it. If I couldn’t be here as a driver, I’d buy a ticket and watch the race as a spectator. Earlier, only victory in Le Mans counted. Since 2013, it has become part of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship which means that if you can’t win then you have to make sure you bring home as many points as possible. The connection between Porsche and Le Mans is pure racing fascination. Getting the chance to compete at Le Mans for Porsche, the most successful manufacturer in the history of this race, is motivation enough. You automatically do your absolute best to win.”

Patrick Long (#77):

“Le Mans is always a huge challenge. Everyone wants to win, regardless of the category they’re contesting. I’m really looking forward to racing with Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster and helping the whole team to fulfil their dreams at Le Mans. Last year we narrowly missed out on a podium spot. This time we’re determined to make it.”

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Porsche with the 919 Hybrid before the start in Le Mans, Preview of the 24 hours of Le Mans, LMP1 (3rd race of the WEC)

Porsche Team, Porsche 919 Hybrid: #20 Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber, Porsche 919 Hybrid #14: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb

Porsche Team, Porsche 919 Hybrid: #20 Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber,
Porsche 919 Hybrid #14: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb

Preview of the 24 hours of Le Mans, LMP1 (3rd race of the World Endurance Championship)
Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb

Stuttgart. After an absence of 16 years, Porsche will once again compete in the top category of what is certainly the world’s toughest car race, which starts at 3:00 pm on June 14, 2014. Porsche is fielding its most innovative prototypes at the 24 hours of Le Mans.

The two Porsche 919 Hybrid cars with start numbers 14 and 20 will be driven by two trios of drivers: Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland), Marc Lieb (Germany) and Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand), Mark Webber (Australia).

2014 Le Mans cars

2014 Le Mans cars

These six world-class drivers have between them a total of 37 appearances at Le Mans. Despite being a record holder at Le Mans with 16 overall victories, this year the sports car manufacturer has no experience to benefit from. For the first year of the LMP1 project the target is to get one of the fast Porsche 919 Hybrids to the finish line at the marathon.

Quotes before the race:

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1:

“Porsche is facing the biggest moment of the LMP1 project – its first start in the top category at Le Mans in 16 years. Whatever the results, we have successfully completed a lot of stages to get here. Above all, we have established a strong, innovative engineering team in the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach. The new know-how generated in-house by the great efforts of all those involved is something that no one can take away from Porsche. The pole position in Spa showed that the Porsche 919 Hybrid is fast, and, as newcomers, we earned respect for this achievement. I am very proud of this young team, which is as competent in its technology as it is in its drivers. I wish each individual the best of luck and success in this marathon.”

M14_0206_fine.jpg- Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1

Alexander Hitzinger, Technical Director LMP1:

“The challenge of developing a car for Le Mans was always to build a fast yet durable car. The constraints of the new race regulations have made this task even more difficult, but fascinating as well. Even in areas that were routine for the competition, we had no experience whatsoever. Nonetheless, we chose the boldest solution for our drive concept, because it offered the best future potential. In the pre-testing period, the aerodynamics that were once again modified to achieve lower air drag for the Le Mans event proved themselves, as did advanced developments that enhanced durability. The Porsche 919 Hybrid is our first LMP1 race car design. It is fast – but not all of its potential has been realised yet; that is the reality.”

Alexander Hitzinger, Technical Director LMP1

Alexander Hitzinger, Technical Director LMP1

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal LMP1:

“The operating task for a Le Mans team is enormous. We had to build an organisation with new personnel from the ground up. They are all excellent people. But even a hundred top soloists must first learn to play together as an orchestra. Responsibilities, communication, procedures, manual tasks – everything must mesh together perfectly. We have only competed in two races so far: in Silverstone and in Spa-Francorchamps. Everything went remarkably well. Our training was intensive. The team will have carried out 1,573 pit stops up to race week at Le Mans. We have also tested at night. Nonetheless, we have not yet experienced the stresses of a 24-hour race as a team. Everyone is looking forward to this challenge.”

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal Porsche Team

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal Porsche Team

Drivers, starting number 14:

Romain Dumas – 36, France. 
(13 races: overall victory 2010, 3rd place overall 2007, class victory GTE 2013, 2nd place GT class 2001 and 2002, 3rd place GT class 2004)

Porsche works driver Romain Dumas

Porsche works driver Romain Dumas

“Le Mans is the most famous and toughest race in the world, and it is even more special for me as a Frenchman. I have been driving here since 2001, and I also lived here. In 2010 I won the race; I would love to repeat that one day – together with Porsche. So many people have been anticipating this return to LMP1 by Porsche. It makes me very proud to be one of the six drivers here. I have wanted to be with Porsche ever since my father put me in a 962 as a child. My favourite part of the track is the Porsche bends. Not because of their name, but because they are so quick and difficult. When you race down the Hunaudières at 330 km/h at night – all by yourself in your own world – you live a dream. You see and smell what is happening around the track. But you have to remain focused. We want to get to the finish line.”

Neel Jani – 30, Switzerland.
(5 races since 2009)

Porsche works driver Neel Jani

Porsche works driver Neel Jani

“Le Mans is living motorsport history. That is more true of Porsche than with any other brand. To be part of the return to the top class after 16 years is a dream come true for me. Most racing car drivers would agree. It is a great honour, but also a tremendous responsibility. My best result at Le Mans was in 2012 when I finished fourth with a privateer team. I knew I could only improve on that result in a good factory team. Now I have reached that point. But, regardless of which class or which car, this race stirs up an emotional feeling. I will never forget my first time racing at night; it was awesome. Yet, it is important to block out all of that and concentrate on doing your best – for yourself and your team-mates. We want to be competitive in our first year.”

Marc Lieb – 33, Germany. 
(8 races: class victory GTE 2013, class victory GT2 2010, class victory GT 2005, 2nd place GT class 2003)

Porsche works driver Marc Lieb

Porsche works driver Marc Lieb

Porsche took me on board in 2000 when my bank account was empty and the prospects for my Formula racing career had almost run out. It means a lot to me to now be part of a return to the top class, especially since we have this incredible technology that our engineers have created for the 919 Hybrid. Starting in the LMP1 class changes your perspective entirely compared to racing in the GT categories. You look less in the rear-view mirror and more at the cars out front that you are going to lap. Radio contact with the pit crew is also much more intensive to achieve efficient energy usage. The racing is incredibly tough for everyone involved. Whenever I won class victories, the most enjoyable thing for me was to look down from the podium and gaze at the tired but happy faces of the mechanics.”

Drivers, starting number 20:

Timo Bernhard – 33, Germany. 
(7 races: overall victory 2010, class victory GT 2002, 2nd place GTE class 2013, 2nd place GT2 2005)

Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard

Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard

“In my first start for Porsche in 2002, Le Mans was stunning. And people always asked me: When will you return to the top league. I was involved with the building of the LMP1 team right from the start, and in 2013 I drove at the roll-out, then did testing and development work. The entire time I had the big goal in mind; I can hardly express how much I am ready for it now. The week leading up to the race will still be intensive, right up to the starting ceremony. I always found it satisfying to be the starting driver, and to finally close the door after all the pre-race show was over. And then at some point on this long circuit you find a very special rhythm. Especially at night when everything gets even faster, and when it might drizzle or rain … It is indescribable; there is a certain magic to it.”

Brendon Hartley – 24, New Zealand. 
(2 races since 2012)

Porsche works driver Brendon Hartley

Porsche works driver Brendon Hartley

“For me, Le Mans is my whole passion. I have the feeling that racing here fulfils the entire reason I climbed into a kart for the first time at six years of age. To now start as a Porsche factory driver, for the greatest sports car icon is like a dream. And then there is this special project with technology that never existed before. Hybrid systems, all-wheel drive, intuitive operating systems – the Porsche 919 is fantastic. Sometimes I can hardly believe that I have been chosen to sit in this car. I especially like Le Mans at night; that is the best. The lights fly past you, and everything feels a lot faster. You nearly get tunnel vision – that is when the cockpit is the perfect place for me. I also have a sporting score to settle at Le Mans.”

Mark Webber – 37, Australia.
(participated 1998 and 1999 at Le Mans but not in the race; 9 Formula-1 victories) 

Porsche works driver Mark Webber

Porsche works driver Mark Webber

“To return to Le Mans is emotionally very special for me. Le Mans stands for endurance, trial of man and machine, an incredibly long day, often with changing conditions and, above all, there is the teamwork. Naturally, I want to leave here with happier memories than previously, which should not be too difficult. And, of course, I want to win this race sometime. We have a fast car with fantastic technology. I also like the seating position, tucked behind the windscreen, and I am looking forward to the night-time driving at Le Mans. The team is still very young, but the bonding in the team has been very quick. If we were to come up with a good result in our first year that would be a massive statement for Porsche as a brand.”

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber

Facts and figures:
• With 16 overall victories, Porsche is the record holder at Le Mans.
• The first Porsche overall victory dates back to 1970 (Hans Herrmann/Richard Attwood in a 917 KH Coupé), and the last victory to date was on June 7, 1998 (Laurent Aiello/Allan McNish/Stéphane Ortelli in a Porsche GT1).
• According to the official archives, 812 Porsche cars have raced at Le Mans, and that too is a record.
• The fastest qualifying lap was driven by Hans-Joachim Stuck in 1985 in a Porsche 962 C (average speed 251.815 km/h). That record will likely stand for eternity, since chicanes installed in 1990 now break up the long Hunaudières straight.
• The longest race distance was covered by Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas/Mike Rockenfeller in 2010 in their overall victory for Audi, a total of 5,410.713 km (397 laps, average speed 225.45 km/h).
• The Porsche 919 Hybrid car numbers 20 and 14 stand for the year of the return.
• In qualifying (Wednesday and Thursday until midnight), every driver must run at least five laps in the dark. While WEC rules call for averaging the two fastest laps of two drivers (i.e. the mean of four lap times), the classic Le Mans method is to simply take the fastest lap driven with the car.
• The Le Mans night is one of the shortest of the year: the sun sets on Saturday at 9:55 pm, and it rises again on Sunday at 5:53 am.
• In normal racing mode (without any safety car periods), the Porsche 919 Hybrid must refuel every 13 to 14 laps.
• Refuelling and wheel changing may only be made sequentially, not at the same time. Only two mechanics may work simultaneously when wheel changing. That takes a lot longer than in Formula One, for example.
• Drivers are normally only changed when new tyres are needed.
• Two fuel tank fills with one set of Michelin tyres are the absolute minimum; three should be standard, and sometimes it might even be possible to do four – an open issue and a tremendous challenge for the drivers.
• During the race, no driver may drive for more than four hours within a six-hour period. No driver may drive for more than 14 of the 24 hours.
• Due to the length of the circuit, there are three safety cars at Le Mans.
• The equipment taken to the track – in addition to the two race cars – includes a spare chassis, six engines, five front gearboxes, five rear gearboxes, six front wings and six rear wings, 80 rims, over 100 radios and headsets.
• The amount of electrical energy that a driver can use for what is known as boosting is limited. The Porsche 919 Hybrid may consume exactly 1.67 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity on each 13.629 km long lap.
• In 2013, the Le Mans victor completed 348 laps. Over this distance, the 919 Hybrid would generate and utilise 581.2 kilowatt hours (kWh) from its energy recovery systems – an amount of electrical power that would light a 60-Watt incandescent light bulb for a full 9,687 hours. Or expressed differently: this amount of energy would power the new Volkswagen e-Golf, which is currently the most energy-efficient electric car in the compact class, over 4,576 kilometres – enough to drive one-way across the USA from New York to Los Angeles.
• All in all, there is even more honour and glory to be won at Le Mans: twice as many points are awarded than in the other seven races for the World Endurance Championship (WEC) that are each six hours long.
• In the WEC standings, the Porsche team with 36 points is currently behind Toyota (84) and ahead of Audi (28) after two of eight races.
• The Porsche 919 Hybrid was designed and built at the Development Centre of Porsche AG in Weissach. 230 team members work there.
• The core team of Porsche for LMP1 racing at the race circuit in Le Mans consists of 86 team members (engineers, mechanics, team management). Add to that personnel from communication and marketing, sponsoring and driver support.
• For Le Mans week, supplies include well over 1,000 team shirts and other clothing.
• The shopping list for food and refreshments for the team and the media hospitality area include: 50 boxes of salad, 50 kg of strawberries, 300 melons, 1.2 metric tonnes of meat, 500 kg of fish, 600 kg of noodles, 2,000 eggs and 1,100 loaves of bread.
• While most of the team members catch some sleep during the night of the race whenever they have time and space, the drivers have beds in containers located behind the pit. It is impossible to get a quiet rest, sleep from exhaustion is more likely.
• The organiser, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), expects over 250,000 spectators at the race.

Schedule of the Porsche LMP1 team:

The technical inspection of the 56 racing cars, which are subdivided into four classes, is done on the Sunday before the race, June 8, at the Place de la République. A public event in the middle of the city. The scrutineers examine the cars, and the 168 drivers must present their paperwork. The Porsche LMP1 team is scheduled for this inspection on Sunday between 3:15 pm and 4:15 pm. The last teams will complete this technical part of the administration by 6:00 pm on Monday.

Tuesday, June 10:
2:00-2:30 pm Porsche team photo (LMP1) at start/finish line
2:30-3:00 pm Meet the team (LMP1), team and media hospitality
5:00-6:30 pm Autograph session, pit lane

Wednesday, June 11:
2:30-3:00 pm Meet the team (LMP1), team and media hospitality
4:00-8:00 pm Free practice
10:00 pm-midnight Qualifying

Thursday, June 12:
3:30-4:00 pm Meet the team (LMP1), team and media hospitality
7:00-9:00 pm Qualifying
10:00 pm-midnight Qualifying

Friday, June 13:
10:00 am – 8:00 pm Pit walk
1:00-2:00 pm Porsche press conference in the large guest hospitality area
5:30-7:30 pm Driver parade in the downtown area

Saturday, June 14:
09:00-09:45 Warm-up
2:22 pm Beginning of race start ceremony
3:00 pm Start of race

• Live communication from the box on Twitter @PorscheRaces.
• You can experience the race from an in-vehicle perspective and track the vehicles by GPS and live timing at http://www.porsche.com/mission2014.

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