Porsche Returns to Racing!
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 24

Thread: Porsche Returns to Racing!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Overland Park, Kansas, United States
    Posts
    33,814
    Likes (Given)
    1560
    Likes (Received)
    2996
    Images
    5351
    Downloads
    273
    Uploads
    128
    Blog Entries
    14
    My Classifieds
    Gamer IDs

    Gamertag: KenDude

    Porsche Returns to Racing!

    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.

    Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport, looked forward to development and what the new 2014 regulations will entail.

    “We’re looking forward to the task of developing new technologies and to continue on with the success of the Porsche RS Spyder,” he said. “After the conclusion of our works-supported sports prototype program 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.”

    An update from Audi Sport, Porsche's sister brand, in a statement said this decision was a purely Porsche one:

    “This is the decision of Porsche company, a decision in which Audi is not involved. Audi relishes the prospect of every strong new opponent at Le Mans and in the new FIA Sportscar World Championship. Porsche’s entry into the LMP1 class is evidence of the high level of attraction of sport prototypes”.
    Last edited by K-Man S; 06-30-2011 at 12:12 PM.

  2. Remove Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    150
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    3
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Best news I have heard all week. I had thought about going to Le Mans next year if Porsche was going to field the 918 in the GT class, but looks like its worth waiting until 2014 to see the new LMP1 car. I still wonder if they plan on racing the 918 in the near future.

    Corvette has been dominating the GT class, so hopefully with the new 4L will make Porsche more competitive soon, the return to LMP1 is icing on the cake.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    302
    Likes (Given)
    24
    Likes (Received)
    53
    Images
    22
    Downloads
    12
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Yes, yes, and again YES! Can't wait to see this bad boy chasing down Audi both overseas and hopefully here stateside as well!

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    532
    Likes (Given)
    103
    Likes (Received)
    26
    Downloads
    13
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Quote Originally Posted by flatt6 View Post
    Best news I have heard all week. I had thought about going to Le Mans next year if Porsche was going to field the 918 in the GT class, but looks like its worth waiting until 2014 to see the new LMP1 car. I still wonder if they plan on racing the 918 in the near future.

    Corvette has been dominating the GT class, so hopefully with the new 4L will make Porsche more competitive soon, the return to LMP1 is icing on the cake.
    I was also planning for 2013, but may wait for 2014 as well!

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Puget Sound, Washington
    Posts
    724
    Likes (Given)
    2
    Likes (Received)
    9
    Images
    1
    Downloads
    4
    Uploads
    0
    Gamer IDs

    Gamertag: Ronin Oishi

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Awesomeness!!! We were sort of planning to be in France 2014 for the World Dressage Competition. Now I can drop her off for her 1 HP action while I catch the x000s HP action.
    2009 Audi Q5 3.2L Quattro Prestige (Ronin Akemi)
    2007 Audi A4 3.2L Avant Quattro (Ronin Azuki)
    2006 Porsche Cayman S (Ronin Azumi)

    2004 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro (Ronin Azure) Retired


  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    2,110
    Likes (Given)
    858
    Likes (Received)
    418
    Downloads
    42
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Great news, now they have to win, let's see how long it takes them ! Don't think Audi and Peugeot are going to be intimidated. However, it does remain to be seen how long VW is going to allow two expensive racing operations work against each other. Success is not assured. It's going to be interesting to watch the races both on the track and corporate wise.

    Cheers
    Last edited by ralarcon; 06-30-2011 at 02:13 PM.

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    california,Grass Valley
    Posts
    1,143
    Likes (Given)
    31
    Likes (Received)
    3
    Images
    6
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    If this is truly an independent attempt,maybe its Porsches way of saving face and putting a little thorn in the side of the Audi / VW group, given Porsches failed attempt to takeover VW. Either way it is really great news for this race fan to see the added competition.....

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    2,110
    Likes (Given)
    858
    Likes (Received)
    418
    Downloads
    42
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Quote Originally Posted by madcow View Post
    If this is truly an independent attempt,maybe its Porsches way of saving face and putting a little thorn in the side of the Audi / VW group, given Porsches failed attempt to takeover VW. Either way it is really great news for this race fan to see the added competition.....
    Excellent observation.

    Cheers

  10. #9
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    2,225
    Likes (Given)
    480
    Likes (Received)
    567
    Downloads
    4
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Also, think about how much more the boys from the lion are going to have to be looking over their shoulders.........diesel and gas technology all around them.

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    97
    Likes (Given)
    20
    Likes (Received)
    3
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Yes!!! Porsche will once again rain king. I wonder if they will adopt the hybrid systems, diesel, or just run petrol cars. The video done by Porsche that announced their return is just epic and so well done. It brings a tear to the eye.

  12. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    2,550
    Likes (Given)
    4
    Likes (Received)
    34
    Images
    2
    Downloads
    57
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    All I can say is "Yeehaw!!!".

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    ATL
    Posts
    151
    Likes (Given)
    39
    Likes (Received)
    38
    Images
    16
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Very excited about this. Will be great to see something other than a diesel win!
    2011 Spyder

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    97
    Likes (Given)
    20
    Likes (Received)
    3
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!


  15. #14
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    86
    Likes (Given)
    3
    Likes (Received)
    12
    Downloads
    3
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Audi to Porsche: "Bring it!"

  16. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    765
    Likes (Given)
    6
    Likes (Received)
    14
    Images
    234
    Downloads
    32
    Uploads
    0
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    I wonder how much the LMP1 will have in common with the 918 now that everybody mentions it. Thing is, Porsche mainly mentioned the RS Spyder as their inspiration....

    Could be they are going to throw a curve ball here......

    "He who dies with the most toys is, nonetheless, still dead."

  17. #16
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Posts
    973
    Likes (Given)
    23
    Likes (Received)
    32
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    This is brilliant news!

    Although...., not to rain on the good news, I was really hoping for a return to F1, but I'll take LeMans!
    Joe - 2007 Porsche Cayman S, 2011 Porsche Cayenne

  18. #17
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    x
    Posts
    8
    Likes (Given)
    0
    Likes (Received)
    0
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Awesome news. I just hope it goes ahead. Not sure how VW will be able to keep 2 racing operations going at once. Perhaps Audi will end. A shame because we all want Porsche to beat them.

  19. #18
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    125
    Likes (Given)
    1
    Likes (Received)
    8
    Downloads
    2
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Quote Originally Posted by madcow View Post
    If this is truly an independent attempt,maybe its Porsches way of saving face and putting a little thorn in the side of the Audi / VW group.....
    I predict Audi will retire from LMP1 at the end of 2013. The Board of Directors would never allow hundreds of millions to be spent on internal rivalry....too bad!

  20. #19
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    California
    Posts
    980
    Likes (Given)
    34
    Likes (Received)
    212
    Images
    2
    Downloads
    43
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Interesting timing though-- with F1 now, recently, hinting/announcing that the 2014 engine formula will be a turbo V6 -- and Porsche doesn't have anything that really fits into the V6 formula --- presuming the the Vee configuration means boxster engine/ flat 6's are not welcome.

    So, go where they will have a least some linkage to their customer base... all they need is some parity with the TDI configurations... and it will be interesting. Now if LeMans does start allowing "green" technology, then Porsche would be remiss not to jump in !!
    D

  21. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Alberta
    Posts
    4,167
    Likes (Given)
    242
    Likes (Received)
    342
    Images
    2
    Downloads
    23
    Uploads
    0

    Re: Porsche Returns to Racing!

    Quote Originally Posted by 964c2 View Post
    I predict Audi will retire from LMP1 at the end of 2013. The Board of Directors would never allow hundreds of millions to be spent on internal rivalry....too bad!
    I was thinking the same thing but weren't the Bentleys essentially run by Audi in 2003 when they won? And Audi was running that year, weren't they?
    2014 Accord Sport
    1980 Honda CBX - 3
    2013 Aqua Boxster S - waiting for new owner
    1990 944 Turbo
    GT4 - on waiting list

  22. Remove Advertisements
     

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Porsche returns to LMP1 Le Mans in 2014
    By Bodhii in forum Automotive Off Topic
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-30-2011, 01:19 PM
  2. Porsche returns to Le Mans in 2014
    By RSS_feed_bot in forum Porsche News
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-30-2011, 10:53 AM
  3. Report: Porsche returning to the Detroit Auto Show
    By RSS_feed_bot in forum Auto Blog Feed
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-26-2010, 01:02 PM
  4. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-18-2010, 01:40 AM
  5. Porsche returns to roots with debut of Cayman S
    By mpollard in forum 987 Cayman and Boxster Chat
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 04-03-2006, 03:47 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
« Back