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Porsche's two pronged attack in endurance racing

By Nic_low on 07 Mar 2014

Attached Image Back in 2011, Porsche announced that it will return to contest at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014. Fast forward three years, and here we have the full details of the race car that is going to shoulder the marque's return to top tier endurance racing.
 
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The objective was clear for Porsche: to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and attempt at an overall win once more, like what it did in the years before. Audi is closing in with 12 wins, and has already beaten the Stuttgart marque in terms of hit rate (Audi claimed 12 victories in just 14 ventures). And with a 16-year absence at the top tier fight at the Le Mans, it is high time for Porsche to make a comeback.
 
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Just a few days back, Porsche finally unveiled its contender at the Geneva Motor Show. The 919 Hybrid. It has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that revs to 9,000rpm, coupled with a hybrid powerpack that harnesses energy from two sources. The first is a 'convention' electric system that converts kinetic energy to electric energy during braking. The second recovers thermal energy from exhaust gases, which uses an electric generator powered by the exhaust gas stream.
 
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Of course, the 919s aren't alone on the field. Porsche will also send its latest RSR racer, based on the 991 gen 911, to the race track.
 
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Together, the 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR will contest in not just Le Mans, but also the 2014 season of the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
 
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The 911 RSR has already scored a few medals under its belt. On its debut at Le Mans last year, the RSR scored a 1-2 win in the GT Class. 2014 has also started on a high for the RSR, claiming top honours in its class in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
 
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The 2014 season of WEC will begin at Silverstone in Great Britain on 20th April. The season's highlight, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will follow in June.
 
 

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Nic_low
Written by Nic_low
Nicholas is in the path where his passion and career are closely knitted. And no way is he screwing that up. Not even if a Porsche looks like a Beetle.



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Bonafidestack Mar 07 2014 09:37 AM

Audi will triumph le mans again. Porsche just came back, and we also dunno who's the driver.

 

Was looking forward to see Tom Kristensen win again. Audi Quattro, Vorsprung durch Technik!

 

On a side note, the decals looks like book cover. Porsche, i think you can do much better than this.

 

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ManHong Mar 07 2014 02:32 PM

"The second recovers thermal energy from exhaust gases, which uses an electric generator powered by the exhaust gas stream" wow, this is the first time i heard of such technology. Impressive~

Kratoschumacher Mar 13 2014 01:08 PM

Is the 911 too short or the 919 too tall?

 

Anyway the new season looks to be more interesting with 'sibling rivalry' in the mix.

 

Hopefully Mark Webber gets better recognition than playing second fiddle to a world champion!

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