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Milestones – One Millionth Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 arguably created a new category and remains a premium sports car despite its rear engine design – that critics pointed out was like a trying to throw a dart backwards at high speeds. Continue reading

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Silverstone: Toyota Beats Porsche. Chan Racing Wins LMP2. Ford Bests Ferrari, Porsche in GT Pro. Ferrari takes GT Am

The race – pure England at this time of year (or any time) – was run under mixed weather conditions, forcing teams to choose between tires – slicks, so-called intermediates or rain rubber in changing conditions that forced drivers to extract the best performance out of the world’s most exciting racing machines. Continue reading

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Silverstone – WEC Opening Round Pits Toyota against Porsche in the run-up to the Grueling 24 Hours at Le Mans

The first track appearance in real racing conditions sees Porsche and Toyota dueling with two very different LMP1 cars with mixed results in the fastest, most expensive top class. Continue reading

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Porsche to Show New 919 Hybrid For Le Mans at Monza

Porsche has had great runs at Le Mans recently in the top LMP1 class, and historically in other classes as well. During 2015 and 2016, its Le Mans Prototype 919 Hybrid took overall victory in Le Mans and won the World Championship titles for Manufacturers and Drivers. Continue reading

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Daytona: Katherine Legge Drives for Acura, Shea Adam Calls for IMSA

Katherine Legge will be one of the four full-time drivers for the Michael Shank Racing/Acura Motorsports campaign starting now at the 24 Hours of Daytona for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Continue reading

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BMW Motorsports Adapting for 2018 FIA World Endurance Cup

BMW Motorsports is changing its teams for the 2017 season to realign in preparation for its 2018 involvement in FIA World Endurance Cup racing. What class it will run in is not clear. There is speculation that it will run in the top LMP1 class Continue reading

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New Porsche 911 RSR for Le Mans and Endurance Racing

It will be running against Aston Martin, Ford, Ferrari and Corvette. In addition to systematic lightweight design that meets the rule minimum of 1,243 kg, the water-cooled, flat-six engine is positioned in front of the rear axle. The 4-liter is said to be extremely light with direct fuel injection as well as a rigid valve drive and is characterized by “outstanding efficiency.” The new 911 RSR will make its debut at the Daytona 24-hour race in January 2017. Continue reading

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Audi Dumps World Endurance Cup Racing and Le Mans after 18 Years of Success for Boring Formula E?

Unsaid was the incentives the Formula E incentives involved – rule changes, appearance money and / or a share of the F1E gate, not that racing organizations ever do such things . Continue reading

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Porsche’s Mark Webber Says Racing Career Over

On the surface or rather the track surface, Webber has no reason to quit as his lap times often and consistently are in the top ten on timing sheets. However, going out on top, and not on top of a stretcher, is a strategy that AutoInformed endorses, though we will miss watching him slice and dice through and around competitive cars. MLB’s Big Papi comes to mind where he competes in an endurance contest of another sort, one that is no less demanding on reflexes, conditioning and smarts. Continue reading

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Ford Wins Le Mans in GT Class. Ferrari Second

The win comes 50 years after Ford’s 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans in 1966 – then in the fastest class. Ferrari, also no longer running in the fastest class – finished second with its #82 488 car. Continue reading

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Porsche 919 Hybrids Fastest at Le Mans Qualifying

Porsche 919 Hybrids took first and second in the first of three qualifying sessions for the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in France. The best lap time for the field of 60 cars was achieved by Neel Jani last … Continue reading

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24 Hours of Le Mans in 2030 – Intriguingly Unpredictable

“Maybe the significant changes will be in the level of autonomous or remote control of the cars?” said Ben Bowlby, the owner of Bowlby Racing, who was part of the panel. We need to work out what the objective of racing in 2030 is and what the rules will be. Only then we can determine what the race car will look like.” Continue reading

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Porsche Puffs Le Mans 919. With Good Reasons

As part of the marketing of the very expensive, competitive racing series, the Porsche 919 hybrid’s engine will be on display at race events, exhibitions and, of course, in the Porsche Museum at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Continue reading

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Ford GT Drivers Named for World Endurance Championship

The intention is for the two endurance racing teams to come together in June for a four-car effort at arguably the most famous endurance race in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours, fifty years after Ford’s historic 1-2-3 finish in France. Continue reading

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Porsche Dominates Le Mans and sister Group Company Audi

Victory in the 83rd running of Le Mans was decided between Audi and Porsche on Sunday morning when things were wrong for Audi. This prevented it from taking its 14 victory at the La Sarthe circuit in front of 263,500 fans. Porsche basically led from the ninth hour on. Continue reading

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