Winning Porsche racer shines again after a rapid overhaul

Kévin Estre (France) and Neel Jani (Switzerland) managed to narrowly kick their works motorist colleagues Gianmaria Bruni from Italy and Austrian Richard Lietz final Saturday in a GTE-Pro class. This Saturday (6 November), a final eight-hour competition of a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will be contested during a Bahrain International Circuit. At a sixth and final competition of a season, Porsche will quarrel for a manufacturers’ and drivers’ championship titles. To grasp this goal, a two 911 racers contingency be ideally prepared.

On Sunday morning during 09:30, a garage doors of a Porsche GT Team open. Inside a array seminar mount dual 911 RSR cars, temperament unmistakeable traces from a prior day’s tiresome race. The physique is lonesome with black streaks left by pieces of drifting rubber. On a left side of a No. 92 car, a red ribbon signalises a tighten confront with another vehicle. At 10:00, after a discerning group briefing, a Manthey operations group start deputy work on a dual cars. “The dismantling of a body, cessation and whole powertrain takes about 40 minutes. All that’s left on a automobile is a fuel tank, a wiring and all a interior components,” explains Tobias Hansonis, a Porsche GT Team organisation chief. “All tools are spotless and legalised visually.”


Tobias Hansonis, organisation arch in a Porsche GT Team

If any apparent repairs is detected during this process, a specialists are called in. At a really behind of a array garage, Ulrich Pashaus waits during dual immeasurable work tables. “Should defects mount up, we have to confirm either we should totally reinstate a partial or correct it,” explains a consultant in combination components. The obligatory Carnival Prince of Aegidienberg, a district of Germany’s Bad Honnef, adds: “We have CO component with us during a track. we brew a creosote and laminate new layers onto a shop-worn component. The hardening of a new CO covering takes roughly no time in Bahrain’s climate. If we use a hairdryer or put a components in a oven, a preferred softness is achieved after only dual hours.” From his workplace, Pashaus creates certain that a dual Porsche 911 RSR cars are behind on their wheels in prudent condition for a final competition of a season.


Ulrich Pashaus, combination specialist

A few metres divided stands Kevin Panter. He is obliged for deputy components. “We have about 5,000 opposite gangling tools with us,” he says, as he glances during a immeasurable array of well-sorted public units that can be propitious as finish kits into a ca. 515 PS 911 in a really brief time. The whole collection was ecstatic to Bahrain in 6 immeasurable containers. Most of a gangling tools come in duplicate; others are accessible in incomparable numbers. “We see a many wear and rip in a area of a movement plates underneath a front of a car. Often we have to reinstate these after only one use session. Kerb hopping or even tough bumps leave graphic repairs marks,” says Panter. Originally a movement plates were done of wood, however a stream chronicle is done of a two-component material. Still, wear and rip is inevitable.


Kevin Panter, government of gangling parts

Meanwhile, in a garage, a vehicles have been nude down: all bodywork tools are private and orderly organised in a object in front of a pits. Two mechanics distortion underneath a No. 91 automobile and disencumber screws. Shortly afterwards, dual others lift a physique onto a fast support regulating an atmosphere jack system. The whole energy sight stays on a mobile forklift and is pulled in one square from underneath a car. A small later, dual specialists apart a engine from a purchase and gearbox. The particular assemblies are afterwards meticulously checked for repairs and wear.

“Our components are designed to final for 30 hours of running. After that, we generally lift out a service. The gearshift section gets an renovate after 60 hours,” reports gearbox dilettante Tobi Böller, who climbed a lectern on interest of a group during a winners’ rite final Saturday. “After a six-hour race, there shouldn’t be any defects, though we still check all thoroughly. Something might have arisen here and there that needs fixing.”

Tobi Böller, gearbox specialist

It’s loud subsequent to a delivery department. The consistent pulsation sounds like a liner on a prolonged voyage: Juan Verpoorten has his exam dais for startle absorbers running. “When my dialect receives a startle absorbers after a race, they’re customarily totally black,” he states. The cessation components are lonesome with rubber waste – or what is famous as ‘pickup’. “I purify a shocks and idle them into their particular parts. If we see no damage, we summon them. Then a startle absorbers are put on a exam bench, that we always have with us. This shows us either a characteristics are still perfect. If not, we of march sell a element. We move 3 sets of startle absorbers for any automobile in a cargo. And we packaged an additional set for a back-to-back weekends in Bahrain.” The startle absorbers in a Porsche 911 RSR bear a finish use after 30 hours of operation, and after 90 operative hours, they have reached a finish of their life.

Juan Verpoorten, check specialist

“We already know before a tangible races, that tools will be during a finish of their using time after a eventuality and will need replacing. We’re always prepared for this,” explains organisation arch Tobias Hansonis. Based on these run-time lists, a mechanics work by a extensive programme for a upkeep of a car. Five specialists are obliged for any racer, and another automechanic is on palm for other jobs. “If we have a competition like final Saturday that goes but any vital incidents or shunts, afterwards overhauling a vehicles is over in no time. Obviously, we’re always gratified when that happens,” smiles Hansonis. The devise for Bahrain: by Tuesday, a dual Porsche 911 RSR should mount like new in a array line garage. Work afterwards starts on a setup before a cars conduct behind out on a racetrack on Thursday for a initial giveaway use session.