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Results and Pictures From WEC Round 7 at Six Hours of Fuji

Few post-war circuits are as legendary as Fuji Speedway. From James Hunt and Niki Lauda’s epic battle at the end of the 1976 season, to intense JGTC competition, Fuji really hosts it all. The most recent round of the WEC’s 2017 season, the Six Hours of Fuji, did not result in victory for Porsche in any class. While Porsche LMP1 and GT cars finished on the podium, ultimate victory was claimed by Toyota on their home turf in Japan under red flag conditions.

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche LMP Team (2): Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Porsche LMP Team (1): Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy

 

Race Report: LMP1

At the close of Round 7, Porsche retains the LMP1 class lead over Toyota, with 270 points to Toyota’s 211.5. Despite promising qualifying at Fuji, rainy conditions, and a poorly-timed pit stop hindered the team’s performance on-track. Heavy rain and fog slowed lap times significantly compared to previous years. Earl Bamber claimed the fastest lap of the race, with a 1:37.702. For reference, the all-time fastest LMP1 lap at Fuji was set by Mark Webber in qualifying two years ago at 1:22, followed by his fastest race lap the same weekend of 1:27.759.

Lengthy periods under caution, and numerous laps following the safety car hindered Porsche’s ability to maintain leads over their Japanese rivals in LMP1. With the safety car on-track from the start to lap 5, again from lap 29 to lap 33, nearly continuously from lap 79 through lap 94, and finally from lap 111 until the race was ended under red flag conditions, the team’s finely tuned pit strategy began to come unglued.

The #1 car of Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy saw the most passing action of the two Porsches. After starting in second place, the #1 car fell to fourth place behind the two Toyotas during lap 6. By lap 22, Lotterer passed the trailing Toyota to gain third place. Tandy claimed the lead from Toyota at lap 77. After a lengthy caution period, followed by about twenty laps of racing, the team ultimately lost their lead. A tire change at lap 111 saw them rejoin the race in third overall, where they remained until the race was red-flagged on lap 114.

The #2 car, driven by Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley started from the pole, with Earl Bamber performing his first ever WEC start in the 919 Hybrid. Bamber maintained the lead through the second safety car period at the end of lap 28. When the race was first red-flagged at lap 39, the #2 car required a fuel stop. When the race re-started after the red flag, the #2 car required an immediate pit stop, pushing them to fourth place. Timo Bernhard took over after the restart, and was lapped by the #8 Toyota on lap 56, just before the next safety car period. The #2 car ended the race in the pits for refuelling, having been unsuccessful in regaining the lost lap.

Porsche retains a commanding lead in the points standings in LMP1, with a 68.5 point lead over their sole competitors. Team principal Andreas Seidl had the following to say:

« Congratulations to Toyota for winning in Fuji. The pendulum today swung back and forth several times. Before the first red flag, we were gambling. If it would have been the end of the race, we would have won it with our number 2 car. But with the timing of the ultimate red flag we were unlucky. If the race had continued, we would have seen a battle for victory between the number 7 Toyota and our number 1 car. We generally had difficulties getting the tyres to work at the re-starts causing us to drop back a few times. However, it is important that we take home some more points for both championship classifications. It was a very difficult weekend for our drivers and the entire team but everyone stayed focused which I thank them for.”

LMP1 Gallery

Porsche 911 RSR (91), Porsche GT Team: Richard Lietz, Frederic Makowiecki

 

Race Report: GTE

Porsche’s GT effort proved much more successful in the wet conditions, with both cars finishing on the podium. Richard Lietzand and Frédéric Makowiecki claimed second in class, trailing the leading Ferrari 488 GTE. Due to a crash, Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre were robbed of their lead, and finished third overall. Following balance of performance issues in previous races, the 911 RSR found its pace, and was consistently fast throughout the weekend. The team had the following to say:

Alex Stehlig, Programme Manager WEC: “The conditions today were very tricky. The many safety car phases and red flags made it very difficult for the engineers to make the right decisions. However, the team worked brilliantly and had interpreted these interruptions correctly. It was bitter that an already lapped competitor cost our leading #92 car a possible win. The #91 drove a steady race, but directly after the restart it didn’t have the pace for a short time to fend off the Ferrari. Second and third are still great results. We were among the fastest over the entire race weekend. It’s a shame that it wasn’t enough to yield our first win in this world championship.”

The #91 RSR started the race on the pole, and was able to hold the lead for a period between safety car stretches.  Ferrari ultimately won overall, stretching their championship lead to 238 points to Porsche’s 191. Leitz and Makowiecki remain within striking distance in the driver’s championship standing and trail Guidi and Calado by just five points.

In GTE Am, Porsches achieved 3rd and 4th place finishes.

GT Gallery

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Porsche : encore un record en vue !

Après avoir réalisé trois bons premiers trimestres, Porsche vise maintenant un nouveau record de ventes en 2017.

A Look Back: Developing the 911 GT1

Though this GT racer was built with form following function, it happened to be one of the most stunning creations seen in recent years.

« Stretching the production car rules to the limit, » the 911 GT1 started its life based largely off the design of the 993 GT2, a machine then competitive in classes like the BPR Global GT Series, but not wholly dominant. When McLaren began to steamroll its rivals in that category, which later became FIA GT1, an irked Porsche responded by developing a mid-engined, purpose-built, balanced machine to match the fearsome pace of the Macca.

The Result?

The GT1. The frontal chassis—made from steel—was borrowed from the 993, and the rear took inspiration from the 962. So did the motor: a water-cooled, four-valve Mezger engine with twin turbochargers and roughly 600 horsepower. Thanks to plenty of carbon panels, those ponies only had to propel 2,200 pounds—though Norbert Singer has said the driverless weight was closer to 2,060. Fortunately, there’s archival footage of the development work and we have it for you below.

Carbon brakes made the Porsche 911 GT1 a reliable stopper over the long haul—something which Porsche tested for extensively. Included in some of their preliminary tests: a grueling twenty-seven hours spent pounding nonstop around Paul Ricard. As you can see in the video below, there wasn’t so much as a hiccup.

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Panamera Deliveries up 73% This Year Driving Overall Growth of 4% Year-Over-Year

Last year, when Porsche provided 2017 guidance, the outlook was stable. They weren’t expecting to lose ground, but they weren’t really expecting to gain ground either. With last week’s 3rd quarter numbers released we can see that while they aren’t blowing their forecasts out of the water, they are gaining. Thanks in part to the succussful release of the new Panamera (deliveries are up 73% over last year to more than 19,000 vehicle) and the continued success of the Macan, Porsche’s overall deliveries are up 4% year-over-year.

“We are optimistic that the 2017 figures will surpass the high levels of the previous year. We owe this to the fact that we are offering the most attractive product range that Porsche has ever had”, explained Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “The new Panamera is able to satisfy high expectations and reaffirms our product strategy based on the hybrid version as the top model”, says von Platen. “At the moment, every fourth Panamera delivered is a hybrid model. And we are now gaining ground with the new Cayenne.”

chart showing porsche's worldwide sales by country for the 3rd quarter of 2017

China continues as Porsche’s largest single market and the largest driver of growth geographically. In recognition of the importance of this market, Porsche plans to construct an Experience Center in Shanghai. Overall, China had 54,090 deliveries or an increase of 10% over last year.

In Europe, Porsche delivered 60,838 units (up 4%) in the first three quarters of the year. In the company’s home market of Germany, a total of 21,880 vehicles were handed over to customers, which is almost equal to the high level achieved the previous year. Porsche continued its success story in the USA, with 41,237 deliveries equating to an increase of 2%.

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Les Porsche 918 Spyder et 911 R s’affrontent sur circuit

Quand les deux Porsche les plus rares de ces dernières années se donnent rendez-vous sur un circuit, ce n’est pas pour prendre la pose dans les stands mais bien pour se livrer à un duel sans merci sur la piste.

La pluie gène Porsche au Mont Fuji

Porsche 2 bamber bernhard hartleyLa 7e des 9 manches du championnat du monde d’endurance (WEC) 2017 a été compliquée pour Porsche. Les deux 919 Hybrid ont &ea …

Rain, fog, red flag: Porsche 919 Hybrids finish third and fourth

The Porsche LMP Team had to be content with third and fourth place finishes
at the seventh of nine rounds of the FIA WEC. The Porsche GT Team scored two podium spots with the Porsche 911 RSR.

 

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FIA WEC: Porsche Dominates Qualifying for 6 Hours of Fuji

Porsche has won both LMP1 and LMGTE poles for tomorrow’s FIA WEC 6 Hours of Fuji after battling through a rain struck qualifying session at the Fuji Speedway. Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley won their second pole of the season in the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid after setting an average time of 1m35.160s. The #1 […]

FIA WEC: Porsche Dominates Qualifying for 6 Hours of Fuji

 

The Porsche 919 Hybrids lock out front row in Fuji

The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will start from the front row for the six-hour race at the Fuji International Speedway.

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