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    Re: Porsche Back in Le Mans with LMP1 2014

    Are there any working live streams yet?


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    Just found this live stream for those who are interested: http://backvideo.ampi.tv/embed/8ialzp

     


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    Porsche was 4th.  Any inside information on the race?


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    From AUTOSPORT

    Spa WEC: Toyota wins again with Davidson, Lapierre and Buemi

    By Gary Watkins

    Toyota drivers Nicolas Lapierre, Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson made it two wins from two starts in this year's World Endurance Championship at Spa.

    The drivers of the #8 Toyota TS040 took the lead of the race from the pole-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid in the second hour.

    Buemi stayed in the car and did not take tyres, whereas Marc Lieb took over from Neel Jani in the Porsche and left the pits on a new set of Michelins.

    The Toyota driver was able to extend an initial lead of just under nine seconds to 18s and stayed in the lead even after the next round of stops when the Porsche kept the same tyres.

    The Porsche was approximately 50s behind when Romain Dumas climbed aboard shortly after half distance and was almost immediately hit with a hybrid system problem that resulted in two slow laps.

    The winning Toyota was never headed thereafter on the way to a 1m13s victory.

    Lapierre said: "The beginning of the race was very tough. After the Porsche had problems, it was easier for us.

    "A second win in two races is the perfect start to our season."

    Audi claimed second place with the best of its R18 e-tron quattros shared by Loic Duval, Tom Kristensen and Lucas di Grassi.

    All three Audis struggled initially, but picked up pace as the race wore on.

    The #1 car came out on top in a battle for second with the #7 Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima and Alex Wurz that raged for much of the second half of the race.

    The Porsche, in which Jani and Lieb were joined for one stint by Dumas, was in the hunt until it hit its hybrid problems and had to settle for fourth.

    Dumas was told to cycle through various systems and was able to clear the problem.

    The car lost more than an minute in the process, which ultimately cost it a place on the podium.

    The best of the new Rebellion-Toyota R-Ones driven by Nicolas Prost, Mathias Beche and Nick Heidfeld ended up seventh on what the team billed as an extended test session for the ORECA-built car.

    OAK AND AF CORSE WIN CLASSES

    OAK Morgan-Nissan, Spa WEC 2014

    The OAK Racing-run G-Drive ORECA-Nissan 03 of Olivier Pla, Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal took a second straight victory in LMP2.

    It dominated the race from the second hour when it took over at the head of the class from the KCMG ORECA on the way to victory by more than a minute over the Jota Sport Zytek-Nissan Z11SN shared by Harry Tincknell, Simon Dolan and Marc Gene.

    Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander took a dominant GTE Pro victory for the AF Corse Ferrari team after a clean run.

    Bruni led from the start, but fell behind the best of the Aston Martin Vantage GTEs of Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner, which was able to double stint its tyres.

    The Bruni/Vilander Ferrari had a clear advantage on pace and was in control from the second round of pitstops.

    AF Corse also won the GTE Am class with Marco Cioci, Mirko Venturi and Luis Perez Companc.

    Results - 171 laps:
    
    Pos  Cl     Drivers                      Team/Car               Time/Gap
     1.  P1     Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi      Toyota             6h01m31.675s
     2.  P1     Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen   Audi                 +1m13.926s
     3.  P1     Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima       Toyota               +1m20.861s
     4.  P1     Dumas/Jani/Lieb              Porsche                  +1 lap
     5.  P1     Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer    Audi                     +1 lap
     6.  P1     Albuquerque/Bonanomi         Audi                    +2 laps
     7.  P1     Prost/Heidfeld/Beche         Rebellion-Toyota       +10 laps
     8.  P2     Rusinov/Pla/Canal            OAK Morgan-Nissan      +11 laps
     9.  P2     Dolan/Tincknell/Gene         Jota Zytek-Nissan      +11 laps
    10.  P2     Howson/Bradley/Matsuda       KCMG ORECA-Nissan      +12 laps
    11.  P2     Ladygin/Shaitar/Ladygin      SMP ORECA-Nissan       +13 laps
    12.  P2     Zlobin/Minassian/Mediani     SMP ORECA-Nissan       +13 laps
    13.  GTE P  Bruni/Vilander               AF Ferrari             +19 laps
    14.  GTE P  Pilet/Bergmeister            Manthey Porsche        +20 laps
    15.  GTE P  Rigon/Calado                 AF Ferrari             +20 laps
    16.  GTE P  Turner/Mucke/Senna           Aston Martin           +20 laps
    17.  GTE P  MacDowall/O'Young/Rees       Aston Martin           +21 laps
    18.  GTE A  Perez Companc/Cioci/Venturi  AF Ferrari             +22 laps
    19.  GTE A  Poulsen/Hansson/Stanaway     Aston Martin           +22 laps
    20.  GTE A  Dalla Lana/Lamy/Nygaard      Aston Martin           +22 laps
    21.  GTE P  Holzer/Makowiecki            Manthey Porsche        +23 laps
    22.  GTE A  Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi      Proton Porsche         +23 laps
    23.  P1     Bernhard/Webber/Hartley      Porsche                +23 laps
    24.  GTE A  Wyatt/Rugolo/Bertolini       AF Ferrari             +23 laps
    25.  GTE A  Perrodo/Collard/Vaxiviere    ProSpeed Porsche       +25 laps
    26.  GTE A  Mann/Giammaria/Case          AF Ferrari             +26 laps
    27.  GTE A  Potolicchio/Roda/Ruberti     8Star Ferrari          +29 laps
    
    Retirements:
    
         P1     Kraihamer/Belicchi/Leimer    Rebellion-Toyota        47 laps
    

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    Any updates on how testing went with new parts after spa race? who will be covering the LM24 this year in the USA?


    Re: Porsche Back in Le Mans with LMP1 2014

    They have covered little over 6000 km last week. Found new small problems, but they will be solved.


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    Re: Porsche Back in Le Mans with LMP1 2014

    Reminder: Le Mans Test-Day this Sunday.



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    WOLFGANG HATZ, “PORSCHE IS PART OF LE MANS, AND LE MANS IS PART OF PORSCHE”

     

     
    (30 May 2014)
     
    This coming Sunday on June 1, the entries for what will be the 82nd running of the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans will be testing at the famous track. It is the final test prior to arguably the toughest motor race in the world. Porsche vehicles have been on the starting grid continuously for 63 years, and the German sports car manufacturer is the record holder with 16 overall victories and 103 class victories. The most recent class victory was last year with two 911 RSRs one-two in the GTE Pro category. To date, the last overall victory was 16 years ago, as Porsche has not competed in the top class since 1998. Porsche returns there this year and faces the new FIA-efficiency regulations with the innovative 919 Hybrid, which limits the energy consumption per lap. In parallel to this, the GT team is trying to build on the success of the previous year. A gigantic factory involvement. There are also six private Porsche teams starting the event; the most well known driver and team owner is Patrick Dempsey, racing car driver and American actor. As Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development, at Porsche AG, Wolfgang Hatz is responsible for the Porsche factory involvement.
     
    Mr Hatz, when and why did Porsche decide to return to the top class of the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Le Mans?
     
    Wolfgang Hatz: “This was in 2011. We were and still are well positioned in the GT category, but it is time for the brand to re-enter at the elite level. The options for this are easily understandable. There is Formula 1, and there is the WEC with Le Mans. An essential criteria for the decision was the desire to establish the project at Porsche itself, so the expertise would be developed and remain in-house. The World Endurance Championship including Le Mans suits us best, it is a real team sport. This is especially true of the team of drivers. But we also needed to create the infrastructure for this first: new buildings, a team of 230 people, every other one of which is an engineer.”
     
    Did the historical connection to Le Mans also play a role?
     
    Wolfgang Hatz: “Porsche is part of Le Mans, and Le Mans is part of Porsche. They fit together. Nevertheless, no one makes these kind of investments due to nostalgia; they have to pay off in the future. As far as I can remember, there was never a regulation that gave the engineers so much freedom and required so much innovation. The obligation towards producing a hybrid and the efficiency formula represent revolutionary challenges. I am proud that our engineers ventured the furthest of any. Ultimately, Porsche customers will benefit from this.”
     
    Can you explain this in laymen’s terms?
     
    Wolfgang Hatz: “Our combustion engine is the finest and most efficient engine ever developed by Porsche. This compact two litre, four cylinder, turbo engine with direct fuel injection and a performance of over 500 PS drives the rear axle. It is the smallest engine with the least number of cylinders in the top category of the race. Our engineers also combined a fundamentally new exhaust gas energy recovery system with this engine. No one else has that. We store the energy recovered from the otherwise unproductive flow of escaping exhaust gasses in a battery. We store energy, which we generate during braking on the front axle in the same battery. When the driver retrieves energy from this reservoir comprised of the latest type of battery cells, several hundred horsepower drive the front axle. During this phase, the driver has a powerful all-wheel drive at his disposal. Our car is the only one in the field which converts energy that would otherwise simply be wasted and makes it useable, not only when braking, but also when accelerating. This represents an immense potential for future road sports cars.”
     
    Are the efficiency regulations not to the detriment of racing itself?
     
    Wolfgang Hatz: “Not at all; the races at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps have demonstrated this. The prototypes have plenty of power available; whether this is from the internal combustion engine or electrical does not matter. They must use all of the energy on each lap, otherwise it is a waste. Nothing can be saved here. These endurance races are sprints over incredible distances.”
     
    The World Championships comprises eight races, but the focus is on Le Mans. When would the factory involvement be considered a success?
     
    Wolfgang Hatz: “It would be terrific, if the GT team could build on the success of the previous year. However, that is literally more difficult because we had to add weight in accordance with the regulations. Porsche Team Manthey headed by Hartmut Kristen has extensive experience, which may make the decisive difference at Le Mans. The situation is completely different in the case of the Porsche team headed by Fritz Enzinger in the LMP1 class: We have no experience there at all. 2014 is a year of learning. Not admitting that would mean miscalculating Le Mans. At Spa-Francorchamps, the Porsche 919 Hybrid impressively demonstrated that the necessary speed is there with pole position and the fastest race lap. Our competitors know we are a force to be reckoned with. However, the 919 Hybrid has not yet covered the complete Le Mans distance in racing conditions. In this respect, it would be a success if one LMP1 finishes the event. Succeeding with both would be fabulous.”
     
    At Silverstone, we saw you emotionally applauding the podium place in the overall standings in the pouring rain. Isn’t that the high demand Porsche imposes on itself?
     
    Wolfgang Hatz: “That was a great moment of joy. But I am not losing sight of reality over this. We were not top-notch at Silverstone. We also benefited from the competition’s problems. But we did complete the first six-hour race with this extremely complex car and a team that has never competed before at a circuit. All the processes, especially under chaotic weather conditions, worked very well for the debut. And everyone worked extremely hard for this. The drivers showed their enormous skills but also a lot of discipline. The podium was a great experience for all of us. And we had a one-two in the GT class. The picture we saw on Sunday in England was terrific.”
     
    Where will you be watching the 24 hour race from?
     
    Wolfgang Hatz: “I will be on duty and will not be a spectator. Of course, I spend most of the time in the pit. I attend every race and was at the tracks for almost all the tests. Mostly, by the way, by the side of Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board, and that will also be the case on June 14/15. Come, what may.”
     
    Source: Porsche

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    Re: Porsche Back in Le Mans with LMP1 2014

    This is also very interesting (this is from yesterday, May 31st):

     

    http://www.racecar-engineering.com/news/porsche-919-legality-questioned-at-le-mans/


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    Nice video from Audi for Porsche  indecision

    http://youtu.be/_3u_14CXSDg


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    SuzyF:

    Nice video from Audi for Porsche  indecision

    http://youtu.be/_3u_14CXSDg

    Love the amicable 'rivalry' Smiley


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    Yeah!
    I'm so psyched right now, first time Le Mans for me this year!
    Frank, let's stay in touch, maybe we can celebrate a bear together!. wink


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    Porker:
    SuzyF:

    Nice video from Audi for Porsche  indecision

    http://youtu.be/_3u_14CXSDg

    Love the amicable 'rivalry' Smiley

    I thought for a second that he was drawing 4 rings on road! That's what I would've done. Also a lot easier to do BTW  Smiley

    The one that hast the last laugh in this whole Le Mans adventure is Mr. Winterkorn Smiley


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    2013 Porsche Boxster S (MT) | Basalt black metallic    [SOLD]
    2014 Audi A6 Avant 3.0 BiTDI Quattro | Moonshine blue metallic
     


    Re: Porsche Back in Le Mans with LMP1 2014

    Somewhat off topic, but does anyone know where I can get a scale model of the 919? I see there's one available for pre-order on mini911.com, but I've read stories about that guy being less than reliable (at least on eBay).


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    Is Porsche's new wind tunnel up and running? Calibrated?


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    919 qualified 2nd and 4th!!


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    The race is going to be exiting till the end! right now the #20 Porsche 919 (Webber's team) just took the lead as the #1 Audi had a turbo failure and lost 17 min in the pits, while the #2 Audi is chaisng down the Porsche only one lap behind! and only 3:26 to go! Toyota fourth 7 laps beghind wink


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    Re: Porsche Back in Le Mans with LMP1 2014

    Amazing race! Come on Porsche, only 2h45 to go!

    Let's hope they are on same #stops until flag


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    ...and almost 5 stints on a set of tires....This 24h race is so much more interesting than a F1 race...sorry :-x


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    Jeannot:

    Amazing race! Come on Porsche, only 2h45 to go!

    Let's hope they are on same #stops until flag

    Tecnically no, the Porsche should do 3 more stops while the Audi has only two, but seems like the Porsche is trying to extend its fuel to try to do only 2 stops, and conserve the lead but in doing so the Audi has a much faster pace (the had faster pace all throughout the race) and will probably eat up Porsche lead anyway Smiley


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    Jeannot:

    ...and almost 5 stints on a set of tires....This 24h race is so much more interesting than a F1 race...sorry :-x

    +1 Smiley

    Much more interesting.


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    Carlos from Spain:
    Jeannot:

    Amazing race! Come on Porsche, only 2h45 to go!

    Let's hope they are on same #stops until flag

    Tecnically no, the Porsche should do 3 more stops while the Audi has only two, but seems like the Porsche is trying to extend its fuel to try to do only 2 stops, and conserve the lead but in doing so the Audi has a much faster pace (the had faster pace all throughout the race) and will probably eat up Porsche lead anyway Smiley

     

    Yes...that is their dilemma...Although not sure how Porsche can save fuel, they are anyway slower than the Audi...Will be a close one.  Very cool. 


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    Porsche #20 Retired what a pitty, no good return for Porsche.


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    yup :( not even a podium...but ok, I think they did sensationally well for a return on a complete new technology...it will pay off next year!


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    Not bad for their first year, but clearly they need to improve for next year surprise


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    Carlos from Spain:

    Not bad for their first year, but clearly they need to improve for next year surprise

    They will!


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