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…
Le Mans is coming...
For the first time since 1998, Porsche is set to field contenders in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans. With a 911 RSR and the 919 Hybrid, they will attempt to one-up Audi, their corporate cousins who have dominated the race for years. Here's a closer look at their cars.
Like most of you, when I saw the first leaked photos of the Porsche 919 Hybrid Le Mans race car this morning, my reaction was a resounding "ehhh, okay." Then I saw it from this angle. Holy crap, it turns out it's actually awesome.
Up until now, we've only seen the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 car in swirly-wirly camouflage. Not anymore. The car that heralds Porsche's return to Le Mans after more than a decade will wear this simple gray-on-white livery.
The pit stop might be the most overlooked part of racing by the casual observer. In fact, it's a carefully coordinated machine of skill and precision, with thousands of things going on at once. Slow it down, and throw on a little Edith Piaf, and it becomes a dance all its own.