June 23, 2015
The 17th overall victory for Porsche at the Le Mans 24-Hours
Atlanta. On Sunday, 14th June 2015, the trio of Earl Bamber (NZ), Nico Hülkenberg (GER) and Nick Tandy (GBR) took the 17th overall victory for Porsche at the Le Mans 24-Hours. They were followed across the line by the sister car of Timo Bernhard (GER), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AUS). This made it the fourth one-two result for the brand after achieving this in 1971, 1983, 1987 and 1998. But there are more interesting facts and figures about the race.
- The winning team completed 395 laps (3,344.7 miles). This year's race was only two laps short of the longest distance covered in Le Mans back in 2010.
- The average speed of the winning Porsche 919 Hybrid was 139.3 mph.
- The highest top speed of a Porsche 919 Hybrid in the race was 211.4 mph and done by Mark Webber on Saturday at 4:40pm.
- The Porsche 919 Hybrid recuperated and used 2.22 kWh (8 megajoule) per lap. If it was a power plant, a family home could be supplied with electricity for three months.
- The head count for the Porsche Team's operational crew was 120 people.
- The Porsche Team made 90 pit stops, 30 per car.
- At 26 of the 90 stops, tires and drivers were also changed.
- The longest distance covered with one set of tires was 54 laps for all three cars. In car number 17 Mark Webber did this ultra-long run, in car number 18 it was Neel Jani and in the number 19 prototype it was Nico Hülkenberg.
- 116 tires in total were used by all three Porsche 919 Hybrids over the race distance.
- A tire on a rim weighs 43.87 pounds. This means, just in relation to wheels, the mechanics moved 5,089.2 pounds.
- The fastest pit stop, including a tire and driver change, by the Porsche Team was 1:13.9 minutes.
- The fastest stop for refueling was done in 51.3 seconds.
- In total all three Porsche 919 Hybrids spent 95 minutes and 36 seconds in the pits. The time for the second best crew entering three cars was over 130 minutes.
- 500.87 gallons of fuel were pumped into the winning car.
- The winning Porsche's gearbox mastered 25,293 gear changes (up shift and down shift) during the 24 hours.
- The longest time behind the wheel of all nine Porsche LMP1 drivers was for Neel Jani with ten hours and ten minutes. In the winning car it was Nico Hülkenberg who drove most (eight hours, 52 minutes).
- Mark Webber lost the most weight of all nine drivers. When the race began he weighed 179 pounds (including race gear and helmet), after his final stint the scales stopped at 172.4 pounds.
- The drivers had 28.74 ounces of drink on board for each stint.The drink bottle was changed at every refueling stop.
- Almost no parts had to be changed during the race. After going off the track, the number 18 car had a new nose twice. On car number 19 at eight in the morning the team did a precautionary engine cover and rear wing change when it didn't cost any time during a safety car period.
- During the 24 hours each Porsche 919 Hybrid had a refill of 1.06 quarts of oil. For the best possible visibility each of the three prototypes had four tear-offs on the windscreens, which were removed one after the other.
- The highest ambient temperature during the race was 77 degrees Fahrenheit at 4:00pm on Saturday. The coolest part of the race was at night between 3:00am and 7:00am with 60.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The highest cockpit temperature was 80.6 degree Fahrenheit.
- The night was eight hours long with sunset at 9:59pm and sunrise at 5:59am.
- 13.5 gigabytes of data per car have been transmitted to the pits during the 24 hours.
- The safety cars came out four times. Including the so-called slow zones - speed limits at certain parts of the track - the race was neutralized for a total of 195 minutes.
- After three rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, with double points in Le Mans, Porsche now leads the championship with 140 points, followed by Audi (124) and Toyota (71).
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