Hat pretence after follow to locate up: a Porsche success story in Le Mans in 2017

The third Le Mans altogether feat in duration was roughly unfit to trust for Porsche in 2017. Early on a Saturday evening, a 919 Hybrid with starting array 2 had to be remade for some-more than an hour before it could continue a race. After changing a electric machine, a automobile was in 56th place, and a finish in a heading positions seemed inconceivable during a time. But giving adult was not an option. Hours later, a sports automobile manufacturer done it onto a lectern and was means to demeanour behind on 108 difficulty victories and 19 altogether victories during Le Mans.

70 years after a initial difficulty victory, a Porsche Heritage and Museum dialect is devoting a courtesy to “The Porsche success story in Le Mans”. In 6 episodes, a “Porsche Moments” array looks during a world’s many prestigious continuation competition with fascinating contemporary witnesses and anecdotes. In a initial and sixth episodes, Le Mans leader Timo Bernhard meets Fritz Enzinger, who led a code to 3 altogether victories in Le Mans as Vice President Motorsport. Walter Röhrl, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Norbert Singer give insights into what happened behind a scenes in 4 other episodes.

The final partial is all about a sparkling follow to locate adult in Le Mans in 2017. “The 919 Hybrid stands for a Porsche fable during Le Mans in a complicated epoch like no other vehicle. Porsche achieved 3 altogether victories with this hybrid competition automobile in a years 2015, 2016 and 2017. The third World Endurance Championship pretension followed a few months after a altogether victory, as did a shawl pretence in a Drivers’ World Championship. It is not probable to grasp some-more than that,” summarises Achim Stejskal, Head of Porsche Heritage and Museum.

The grand culmination of “Porsche Moments”

Host Timo Bernhard introduces a grand culmination of “Porsche Moments” on a exam site of a Weissach Development Centre. There he meets adult with a automobile that he says “brings behind many memories of an impossibly smashing time” and gets behind a circle to expostulate a few laps – 4 years after a memorable feat in France with his group friends Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley. “It drives like before and a drizzle is also like in Le Mans,” says Fritz Enzinger.


Timo Bernhard and Fritz Enzinger with a 919 Hybrid

The dual group are related by corner victories and also by a sparkling growth duration of a vehicle. “The 919 Hybrid is a many formidable and innovative competition automobile that Porsche has ever built,” summarises Timo Bernhard. Enzinger came to Weissach in Nov 2011 to lapse a code to a tip difficulty of Le Mans prototypes 3 years later. “Ten years ago, all we had was a self-evident vacant piece of paper,” explains a 65-year-old Austrian. For him, a initial step was to sinecure a right people and build a team. “Development of a 919 Hybrid usually began after a proclamation of a regulations in Jun 2012. That was a good eventuality for me. The structure and judgment had been in a heads for a prolonged time, so we usually indispensable a right employees to rise a right group spirit,” says Enzinger, who finally fabricated a group of specialists from 21 nations. “The required suggestion was combined together. Our large common idea was a place on a podium.”

“You have an eventuality like that usually once in your life”

Timo Bernhard also looks behind fondly on this time: “As a driver, being concerned right from a start was something really special. You have an eventuality like that usually once in your life. we already felt your integrity and immediately devoted we when we initial met, Fritz.” He also remembers a 16 winning posters from Le Mans that flashy a walls on a approach to Enzinger’s office. At a end, there was a vacant piece of paper in a frame. A pitch for a team’s common goal.

On 18 Jun 2017, a automobile with a array 2 crossed a finish line after a thespian competition in front of roughly 260,000 fans. This hermetic a brand’s 19th altogether feat in Le Mans. The record of a 919 Hybrid, that was essentially revamped during a duration from 2014 to 2017: 20 stick positions, 17 victories, 13 fastest competition laps and 6 World Championship titles. “The automobile is so complex, a back spindle is driven by a two-litre V4 explosion engine that produces roughly 500 PS. The electric engine can additionally broach some-more than 400 PS to a front spindle on demand,” explains Enzinger. The 919 Hybrid was deliberate to be a fastest exam laboratory and a many innovative competition automobile that Porsche had built adult to this time.


Timo Bernhard and Fritz Enzinger

“Our many widespread feat with a 919 Hybrid was in 2015. The whole Executive Board was there, as was a Porsche family, and everybody was in a array together – there can’t be a improved group design than that,” says Enzinger and looks during photos that Timo Bernhard has widespread out in a ancestral motorsport seminar of a Weissach Development Centre. “The many nerve-wracking feat was in a 2017 season,” he adds. Porsche competed afterwards with a significantly extended vehicle. After a correct work on Saturday evening, a heading automobile was 18 laps in front – Porsche started a follow to locate up. The group regained a lead on path 347 and was rewarded in a finish with a 19th altogether victory. “In a final lap, we suspicion of a many stairs that done this success probable for me,” reveals Timo Bernhard, who had always dreamt of a delight with Porsche in Le Mans. It was a initial time he cried after winning a race.

The Porsche Museum will post all “Porsche Moments” episodes with guest Fritz Enzinger, Walter Röhrl, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Norbert Singer on a Instagram channel @porsche.museum and on Facebook @porsche.museum.stuttgart as good as on YouTube. On 25 August, a Museum will promote a final partial from Weissach with Fritz Enzinger.

International roadshow with 14 stops

In further to “Porsche Moments”, a sports automobile manufacturer will also be holding an general roadshow to applaud a Porsche success story in Le Mans worldwide. This will run until open 2022 and is scheduled to take in 14 stops in 10 countries, including France, Great Britain, a USA, China, a United Arab Emirates and Germany. Porsche enthusiasts can demeanour brazen to immobile and energetic appearances of some-more than 20 strange cars from a chronological collection that achieved possibly difficulty or altogether victories. In a Porsche Experience Centres in Le Mans, Atlanta, Franciacorta, Silverstone, Shanghai and Hockenheim, there are already “Heritage Corners” that are dedicated to an in-depth scrutiny of Porsche’s success story in Le Mans.

Appearances during general events are also planned, as was a box recently during a kick-off eventuality as partial of a Monterey Car Week in California from 10 to 15 August, where a Porsche 917 KH altogether leader from 1971 distinguished a anniversary together with countless other 917s during a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Depending on a pestilence situation, drivers might also be means to attend in sequence to give Porsche fans and motorsport enthusiasts their insights into sparkling practice from Le Mans.

The amicable media channels of a Porsche Museum and a Porsche Newsroom will yield insights into a roadshow. In Zuffenhausen, meddlesome fans can also find out some-more about “The Porsche success story in Le Mans” along a potion assign that provides a perspective of a seminar in a Porsche Museum. A preference of considerable Le Mans competition cars will be on arrangement there during a whole duration of a roadshow. The Edition Porsche Museum will also compensate reverence to Porsche’s long-standing success story in Le Mans with a extensive story of a duration from 1951 to 2021.