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LMP1 Porsche Returns To Le Mans In 2014

Porsche is planning to bring an end to Audi dominance at Le Mans LMP1 prototype class by making a comeback in 2014.

Porsche is indeed Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in Le Mans with 16 victories, but their last LMP1 title dates back to 1998 and the superb Porsche 911 GT1. After that the only serious LMP contender form Porsche was the RS Spyder sports prototype which has more than a few ALMS wins in its resume.

With the RS Spyder we proved that our motorsport engineers in Weissach are at the forefront,” says Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG. “For instance, we were the first to run a high-revving race engine with direct fuel injection, DFI, setting new standards in performance and efficiency. Recently, with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, we adopted a completely new drive technology for racing purposes and achieved a considerable reduction in consumption.”

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport, is already prepared for one of the most challenging development programmes in the company’s history. “We’re looking forward to the task of developing new technologies and to continue on with the success of the Porsche RS Spyder. After the conclusion of our works-supported sports prototype programme in the American Le Mans Series we have kept up with the latest technological advances. Now we will begin with detailed research in order to evaluate the various concept alternatives for our new car. These obviously depend on how the regulations for the year 2014 look in detail. In principle, these regulations are interesting for us because the integration of our hybrid technology in the vehicle concept is one possible option.”

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