November 7, 2016
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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes: Monday, November 7, 2016
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Manufacturing Success. Porsche Wins WEC Manufacturers' Championship with 919 Hybrid Win.
Porsche, the sports car brand from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, has secured the manufacturers' title in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) one race before the season's finale with its innovative Le Mans Prototype (LMP1 Hybrid) Porsche 919 Hybrid. At the six-hour race in Shanghai in China on November 5, the driver trio of Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia) in the No. 1 car as well as the No. 2 lineup of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) finished in first-place and in fourth to earn Porsche 38 points toward the constructor's title chase. Having now scored 301 points in total, Audi (222) and Toyota (207) now cannot catch Porsche at the last round in Bahrain on November 19.
For the futuristic Porsche 919 Hybrid, it is another chapter in a story of success. In 2014, the LMP1 debuted with a unique powertrain concept. Since then Porsche has won the Le Mans 24-hour race twice, to take over-all victory number 17 in 2015 and 18 in 2016 at the great endurance race. In 2015, which was the second season for the young team, Porsche also won the manufacturer's world championship. Last year's driver's title went to Bernhard, Hartley and Webber in a nerve-wracking finale in Bahrain. With one race to go, the current championship leaders are this year's Le Mans winners Dumas, Jani and Lieb. In total, in a career of 24 races thus far, the Porsche 919 Hybrid has 13 race wins and 15 pole positions to its tally.
While the Porsche Team earns laurels on racetracks, the most important successes are achieved in the Porsche Research and Development Center in Weissach, near Stuttgart in Germany. There, the 919 Hybrid was created in close collaboration with the road car development. It delivers a system power of over 900 HP (662 kW). Its combustion engine is a ground breaking downsizing motor. The compact two-liter V4 petrol engine is turbocharged and powers the rear axle with almost 500 HP (368 kW). Two different energy recovery systems - using brake energy from the front axle and exhaust energy - feed a lithium ion storage battery. From there, on demand, an electro motor uses the energy to power the front axle with an additional over 400 HP (294 kW).
With the design of the 919's hybrid systems, the race department did pioneering work. Especially with regards to high voltage technology, the 919 works as an experimental laboratory for the voltage level of future electric road going sports cars. This way the knowledge gained on racetracks allowed the product cars' developers to introduce the four-door concept study Mission E with 800 Volt technology. The first purely electric driven road going sports car from Porsche will go into production within the current decade.
Michael Steiner, board member for research and development, Porsche AG.
"The second manufacturers' world championship title for Porsche is another confirmation of the 919 Hybrid's brave concept. The Weissach-developed prototype joins other important Porsche racecars that were also ahead of their times, such as the 718 RS, 904, 917 or 956. They all wrote motorsport history and significantly fired the road car development. This also goes for the 919 Hybrid. I'm proud on the entire team."
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1.
"This big success was only possible thanks to a great team effort. Mechanics, engineers and drivers and many more people behind the scenes were fighting hard for this, and have now been rewarded for the second time. This doesn't prove only the 919 Hybrid's potential, but also the excellence of the team. I want to thank everybody from my heart."
Porsche 911 RSR Podium. Fourth-Consecutive Podium for Iconic Car.
The successful streak for Porsche customer teams in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) continued in China. At the six-hour race in Shanghai, Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) along with Christian Ried (Germany) and Joel Camathias (Switzerland) achieved their fourth-straight podium result after a spectacular pursuit in the No. 78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR. With KCMG squad's 470 hp winning racer from Weissach, Germany - which is based on the seventh-generation of the iconic 911 sports car - they secured third-place in the LMGTE-Am class on the Shanghai International Circuit. The team has been a consistently strong performer in the second half of the WEC season with a second-place result in Austin, Texas and third at the races in Mexico City and Fuji. Originally crossing the finish line in second-place, the No. 78 was given a ten-second penalty for contact on the last lap dropping them from runner-up, to third-place.
The penultimate race of the season on the 3.44-mile Grand Prix circuit on the outskirts of the Chinese economic metropolis remained gripping to the very end. Henzler, well known to North American sports car fans for his years of winning with 911s on the continent, battled with a Ferrari deep into the race. The Porsche factory driver ultimately grabbed the runner-up position after the two cars became victims of an overtaking maneuver by a prototype class entry. For Abu Dhabi Racing, which celebrated its first win of the season in Mexico City, North America's only Porsche works driver Patrick Long, Khaled Al Qubaisi (Abu Dhabi) and David Heinemeier Hansson (Denmark) clinched fourth-place. The 911 RSR run by Gulf Racing with the all-British driver line-up of Ben Barker, Adam Carroll and Michael Wainwright crossed the finish line in sixth-place.
In the LMGTE-Pro class, Richard Lietz (Austria), the 2015 WEC GT Driver Champion, clinched sixth-place in that class driving with Michael Christensen (Denmark). This season, the Porsche works driver's 911 RSR campaigned with the Dempsey Proton Racing customer squad.
Wolf Henzler, Driver, No. 78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR.
"The last lap was really tough. During my entire stint I was within striking distance of the Ferrari and was a little better in some decisive places, but simply couldn't get past. Then in the final lap I got my chance. I came out of Turn 3 well and because I knew that we were better on the brakes I made my move in the first hairpin. I had pulled alongside the Ferrari when suddenly a prototype squeezed in on the inside. Because there was simply no room he smashed into my right side, which caused me to hit the right side of the Ferrari. We both spun but I managed to recover quicker. And that meant a step higher on the podium."
Patrick Long, Driver, No. 88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
"Our 911 RSR was very consistent over the distance and we were actually in a good position to be able to fight for a podium spot. But a slow puncture robbed us of this hope.""
2016 Debutantes. Porsche Motorsport Customer Cars Have Successful First Season in North America.
It is not unusual for Porsche to make a strong debut with its racecars. The German marque invests substantial time in advance of every public on-track premier to make sure that both factory and customer cars meet the exacting standards of the legendary automaker. 2016 saw the debut of two new cars, both launching in North America at Daytona International Speedway in January. The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport was the first mid-engine car Porsche has produced for motorsport since the Porsche RS Spyder that raced from 2005 until 2008. Like those celebrated machines, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport debuted with a podium result. Unlike the RS Spyder, it did so as a customer car in a support series.
The 911 GT3 R is Porsche's contender for series racing under the latest FIA GT3 class rules internationally. Like the GT4 Clubsport, the GT3 R debuted at Daytona with Black Swan Racing earning second-place accolades in the Rolex 24 Hours. That car had factory ace Patrick Long behind the wheel and he would again be there when, as the sole driver, the Manhattan Beach, California-resident captured the cars first win in its Pirelli World Challenge debut at the Circuit of the Americas in March.
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