The 2017-spec Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 car was spied out in the open testing at the end of a GT car test day at Paul Ricard, reports Daily Sportscar. The car only took one or two laps according to those who saw it, but that was just enough to get a good look at one of the two contenders for the top LMP1 class in the…
With only Toyota and Porsche left in the World Endurance Championship’s top hybrid LMP1 class, we’re all curious as to what their cars will look like this year. Will this year’s Toyota be stronger after last year’s heartbreaking loss at Le Mans? Either way, here’s a brief look at the 2017 Toyota TS050 rear end.
Ginetta, a British marque so semi-obscure that you may have forgotten that people still race Ginettas all the time, announced its plan to add teams in the World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 privateer class starting in 2018. That’s good, because there’s only one entry in LMP1 privateer this year. Sad!
A banquet honoring Audi’s incredible 18-year-long run in top-level endurance prototype racing showed off the stillborn 2017 Audi R18 today, reports Sportscar365. This little model is our first look at the car whose development was paused when Audi withdrew from the World Endurance Championship at the end of the 2016…
Do you miss seeing the Audi R18 race already? It’s been less than a month since Audi ran its final race in the World Endurance Championship, and I’m still sad, too. But I have great news for you! You—yes, you!—can personally fix this terrible lack of Audi problem with ludicrous amounts of cold, hard cash.
Porsche’s flagship 919 World Endurance Championship Le Mans prototype effort was left with three open seats to fill at the end of this season with the departure of Mark Webber, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb. Fortunately, they knew three prior 24 Hours of Le Mans winners who could fill those seats.
Where, oh where, will six highly talented top-class Le Mans prototype drivers go now that Audi withdrew from LMP1? By the looks of things, at least one may land at Porsche. Not one, but three seats are now open for the taking over at the lone remaining Volkswagen Group LMP1 effort.
The loss of Audi from the World Endurance Championship’s top LMP1 class affected far more than just the feels. After the conclusion of the 6 Hours of Bahrain, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced that the WEC has ditched a planned 2018 regulation revamp in the name of cutting costs.
All three cars on today’s 6 Hours of Bahrain podium were there to say their goodbyes. Audi Sport Team Joest, a team synonymous with top-class endurance racing for 18 years, pulled off a gut-wrenching 1-2 win in their final race in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Mark Webber, who retires after this race, won…
This weekend is Audi Sport Team Joest’s last race in the World Endurance Championship’s top LMP1 class. To commemorate the occasion, they put all the ways they’ve dominated on the R18’s center fin. Now Audi has one more feat for the list: Lucas di Grassi’s new lap record of the Bahrain International Circuit.
Audi announced this morning that they will end their participation in the series it spent a decade dominating, the World Endurance Championship—including the 24 Hours of Le Mans—to shift their focus to the all-electric Formula E championship instead at the end of 2016. It’s one of the biggest shifts the racing world…
Formula One and Le Mans icon Mark Webber’s recent announcement that he’ll retire at the end of this 2016 season felt like a bit of a surprise. He gets along well with his team and his teammates, and he’s still at the top of his game. What brought him to leave his sport? One brutal crash from two years ago.
There’s just something magical about endurance racing at dusk, with all the headlights flickering in the distance and reflecting off barriers and other surfaces. Here’s the No. 6 Toyota TS050 claiming the team’s first win since November 2014 at this weekend’s 6 Hours of Fuji.
Audi Sport Team Joest is the team whose rumors cried wolf. For the past few years, rumors about the Audi Le Mans prototype team withdrawing from the World Endurance Championship inevitably appear as the season winds down. Groan. At this point, I won’t believe it until I hear it straight out of Audi spokes-Scot Allan…
Audi’s factory Le Mans Prototype effort dominated endurance sportscar racing for years—well, until Volkswagen Group sister-brand Porsche entered the mix and the diesel became a four-letter word. Now company insiders suggest that Audi could be dropping their Le Mans program entirely after 2017.
That moment when Mark Webber saw his team’s car win the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas. (Unfortunately, it was not followed by a shoey. Next time?)
The No. 1 Porsche 919 claimed its third win in a row at the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas today, taking the win ahead of both initially dominant Audi cars, who ran into mechanical issues and contact during today’s race.
Romain Dumas in the No. 2 Porsche 919 wanted to show the No. 5 Toyota TS050 who’s boss early during the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas as the No. 5 tried to get around the Porsche. So, he darted over and forced the No. 5 to pass him through the pit lane exit.
This weekend’s pole-sitting No. 7 Audi Sport Team Joest R18. Audi locked out the front row for tomorrow’s race at Circuit of the Americas. Given that everyone here is covered in sweat right now, I think the theory that the R18 is the best LMP1 car in the heat may have something to it.