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Porsche Returning to Le Mans in 2014

Sixteen wins already, will the German maker go hybrid as it tries for one more.

by on Jul.01, 2011

Porsche has claimed overall victory at LeMans 16 times, but not since 1998.

It’s already taken the checkered flag more than any other maker, but Porsche says it will try for one more, revealing plans to return to the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014.

The maker isn’t providing much detail, but says it will campaign an all-new LMP1 race car when it heads back out on the long Le Mans circuit.  It will be Porsche’s first race there after its formal merger with Volkswagen AG.  And it could bring out some intriguing new technology, insiders hint, considering the maker’s increasing interest in hybrid power.

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But the decision to return to Le Mans means that Porsche will likely be going up against at least one other VW brand, Audi, which has been dominating the global endurance racing scene, in recent years, with its various diesel-powered monsters.  Audi’s latest, the R18, overwhelmed the field yet again, this year, giving the Ingollstadt maker its 10th overall victory Le Mans.


First Look: Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid Race Car

Germans bring fast start to 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

by on Jan.10, 2011

Porsche will campaign its new 918 RSR, which uses a flywheel hybrid system to deliver up to 767 hp.

The mystery is over.  While most makers have been providing clues – sometimes even complete dossiers – on the products they planned to launch at this year’s North American International Auto Show, Porsche kept everyone guessing until the coffee was boiling at their early morning press conference.

And the big news: the 918 RSR, a track-ready version of last year’s striking 918 supercar, which promises to continue a long tradition of bringing cutting-edge technology to the track.

“This car will serve to explore the use of alternative power in extreme conditions,” declared Porsche CEO Matthias Muller, to a crowd packed into Porsche’s corner of Cobo Hall.

The debut of the 918 RSR was noteworthy for several reasons, including the automaker’s return after a several-year absence from the Detroit Auto Show, where more than 30 new vehicles and concepts will have their public introduction.  But few will pack the power to the new Porsche race car.