Porsche will announce the shutdown of its top-class 919 Hybrid Le Mans Prototype program in the next 24 hours, according to multiple publications and industry sources cited by Sportscar365. This will leave the World Endurance Championship’s top LMP1 class with only one team and an uncertain future. [Update: Porsche…
At one point in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the No. 2 Porsche 919 was stuck in the garage for 65 minutes replacing hard-to-reach hybrid components. Every single car in its top LMP1 class either retired or suffered devastating mechanical problems, but of the LMP1 survivors, Porsche’s problems showed up first.
With three hours and 47 minutes left in the race, the last of the fastest LMP1 cars that hadn’t retired or had a major mechanical failure has come to a halt on track. The No. 1 Porsche 919 suddenly slowed with no oil pressure with André Lotterer behind the wheel. Lotterer had a 13-lap lead over the entire field at the…
One of Porsche’s flagship top-class LMP1 cars just went into the garage and onto the High Jackstands of Doom after only about three and a half hours of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The No. 2 Porsche 919—the same one that had a mechanical failure in final qualifying—just lost its front axle drive.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced the next set of rules for the top class of Le Mans prototypes in the world: LMP1. Big changes on the way include active aerodynamics, various cost-cutting measures and perhaps most interestingly, quick plug-in hybrid system charging.
As if 2017 couldn’t get any worse, one of the precious few joys in life—top-class Le Mans prototype racing—may lose one of its biggest names. Porsche denied ongoing rumors that they may drop their 919 Hybrid program at the end of this year to Sportscar365, however, industry sources told them that Porsche may…
The Porsche 919 is the reigning overall winner of the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans, and here, finally, is the updated version for the 2017 season. Of note: it has the biggest eyes of any car I have ever seen.
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…
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.
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…
The 6 Hours of Bahrain is Audi Sport Team Joest’s swansong before they shut down their World Endurance Championship LMP1 effort and move into the FIA Formula E Championship. Audi seems to have gotten their groove back for their last outing, and they started off the race with a pretty incredible move.
It feels like a foregone conclusion at this point, but Porsche won another LMP1-class manufacturer’s championship in the World Endurance Championship at this weekend’s 6 Hours of Shanghai. Congratulations, Lone Surviving 2017 Volkswagen Group WEC Program.
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.
Happy 9/19, Jalopnik! If you love Porsches, you may perk up at the sound of several days in September, thanks to Porsche’s 9-themed model names. There’s 9/17! 9/18! And even the humble 9/14! Today, however, belongs to Porsche’s latest Le Mans prototype, which set the qualifying lap record at Le Mans in 2015. Let’s…
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.
Just 90.004 seconds separated the top four overall cars of today’s 6 Hours of Mexico. The winning No. 1 Porsche 919 had a significant lead over the No. 7 Audi R18, but had the No. 1 car’s last-minute off-track adventure been just a hair worse, the win could have gone to any of the three other LMP1-class cars.
Marc Lieb, why must we have this pointless Porsche-on-Porsche violence? Why? Why?