Why has Porsche released no photos of the 2017 Porsche 911 RSR replacement’s rear? It’s possible that the company is incredibly moving on from its classic rear-engine layout with an interesting and specific detail change.
So, uh, this is punctual... My Pictures from the opening round of the WEC at Silverstone for your amusement/browsing/viewing pleasures:
I think it’s safe to say the Ford GT is ready for Le Mans, so long as it stays on track. The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing UK team’s No. 67 car scored the new Ford GT’s first ever World Endurance Championship podium with a second-place LMGTE Pro-class result at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
No car in the top World Endurance Championship LMP1-H class went the entire 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps trouble-free. Fortunately, the No. 8 Audi’s biggest problem was relatively minor. Joining it in the top three was a limping Porsche and a car in the slower, non-manufacturer LMP1 class.
Stefan Mücke lost control of the No. 66 Ford GT on the fast, uphill Raidillon turn during today’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. A cut rear tire was to blame
Nicki Thiim in the No. 95 Aston Martin Vantage V8 went for a slow roll after contact with Simon Dolan’s No. 38 G-Drive Racing LMP2 at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. At least Thiim was able to land on his wheels.
Mike Conway in the LMP1-class No. 6 Toyota TS050 collided with the LMP2-class No. 37 of SMP Racing’s Victor Shaytar early on during today’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. This prototype-on-prototype violence must not stand, man.
The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is a huge deal for World Endurance Championship fans, as teams often compete with third cars and Le Mans-specific kit for the first time. Porsche may not have a third car, but their Le Mans package works: they locked out the front row for this weekend’s race.
Let’s settle in for a relaxing Spa weekend. It’s time for the World Endurance Championship to have its dress rehearsal for Le Mans: the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Here’s the Porsche 911 RSR of Abu Dhabi Proton Racing tackling Spa’s iconic big hill which gets mistakenly called Eau Rouge, but is actually Raidillon.
A single out-of-compliance part has excluded the overall winner from the World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Silverstone results, reports Sportscar365. The No. 7 Audi R18 had worn its front skid block down to less than the required 20mm minimum thickness.
Brendon Hartley, a Porsche 919 racer with unusually good hair, received a formal reprimand for the big crash that took his No. 1 car out of the lead during the 6 Hours of Silverstone—and took the unsuspecting No. 86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 out with him.
Modern endurance races have gotten a bit of a reputation as “really long sprint races” due to the reliability of the cars and the skill of the drivers. Just kidding! Only one of each manufacturer LMP1-class prototype remained in contention for the win in the last hour of the 6 Hours of Silverstone.
Practice for the World Endurance Championship season opener, the 6 Hours of Silverstone, was halted for an unusual reason in April: snow! Of course, every image coming out of the snow delay is wonderful in a particularly surreal way. Behold: Britain’s winter wonderland.
Here’s the Ford GT running in the World Endurance Championship Prologue at Circuit Paul Ricard. The Prologue is the WEC’s preseason test, and the GT will stay at Paul Ricard for more testing this week. It’s grown a few more antennas on its roof since the last time I saw it in France, but still looks utterly amazing.
Prius, Schmius. There’s one Toyota hybrid that’s relevant to our interests, and it’s the brand new Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid Le Mans prototype. This is the third car Toyota has built for the World Endurance Championship’s top LMP1 class, and the car that carries the hopes for another season championship.
Please excuse me while I devolve into an assortment of adoring grunts and drool-splattered mumbles. Porsche just debuted their 2016 919 Le Mans prototype, and I still love this car.
Audi’s latest World Endurance Championship warrior looks like the Batmobile on acid, packing over 1,000 hp into an ultra-light body with Audi’s most powerful hybrid system yet. The R18 name has been around for quite some time, but this year’s model has been completely redesigned. It’s still a nutty diesel, and that’s…
Four four four four four: I’m starting to get the idea that Ford likes the number four. Four-d is taking four cars to Le Mans, and as such, has added four drivers to their already insane lineup: IndyCar’s Scott Dixon and Sébastien Bourdais, 2014 Le Mans winner Harry Tincknell, and Mustang racer Billy Johnson.
There’s something about this immaculately clean and shiny 90-degree turbocharged V4 with its bright bubblegum-hued connectors and fittings that screams “Please stuff me into a 914.” This powered a very different P-car than the Chump racer you found in a field, though: Porsche’s Le Mans-winning 919.