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Timo Bernhard Celebrates 20 Years with Porsche

As of 2019, Timo Bernhard is the longest-serving Porsche works driver. While his highest profile victory came in 2017, with his upset Le Mans victory, Bernhard has been putting rubber to the road for two full decades as of this month. Of the current drivers, he’s also the only one to have won championships at every level of the « Porsche Pyramid. » Bernhard won the German Carrera Cup in 2001, won the GT title in ALMS in 2004, won the ALMS LMP2 class in 2007 and 2008, and won the FIA WEC crown in 2015 and 2017. As much as any Porsche model, the man is a machine built for victory.

Becoming Indispensable

Becoming a Porsche Junior was not a step Mr. Bernhard expected to take, “I went along, but had no expectations at all,” yet after testing at Misano, Mr. Bernhard left a Porsche Junior. Indeed, he still has the letter affirming his newfound status.

« To be honest, I didn’t really know what was in store. At that time I didn’t think beyond the next race, and only gradually came to understand what a big opportunity this was for me and what the Porsche legend really meant, » reflects Bernhard. Back in 1999, he could not have anticipated that by 2013 he would be the first person to test the marque’s triumphant return to top tier endurance racing.

Though he began in the Carrera Cup, Bernhard would become indispensable to Porsche’s motorsports development. He piloted the 919 Hybrid on its first rollout, and notes that  “(I) was involved in the development of the new car from the beginning. Driving the car for the first time in the rollout was a very proud moment.”

Upon entering in to competition in the new car, Bernhard proved formidable. After a slightly rocky 2014, subsequent seasons brought victory after victory. In 34 total entries in the 919 Hybrid Bernhard and his teammates landed on the podium an astonishing 23 times, and racked up no less than a dozen outright victories.

To Bernhard, this level of success was not a given. “When I started at Porsche as a junior in 1999, I wouldn’t have dared dream that some day I might get the opportunity to fight it out for the overall victory in Le Mans, and be good enough to actually pull it off. »

Breaking Records

But his successes don’t end with his competition record. Bernhard, a five-time overall winner of the 24 Hours Nürburgring, was just the man to break the all-time lap record at the Green Hell. Stefan Bellof’s 1983 lap record stood for twenty-five years before Bernhard shattered it by an astounding 51.58 seconds, with a time of 5:19.55. Though Bellof’s time remains the fastest-ever lap by a competition-legal car, a record that is unlikely to ever be broken, breaking the outright record remains an impressive feat.

Looking to the Future

Following Porsche’s exit from top-tier endurance racing, Bernhard has refocused his effort. At present he is splitting his time between driving for Porsche, and driving Porsches for the team he runs with his father; KÜS Team75 Bernhard. Since last year he has been racing a GT3 R in ADAC GT Masters, appearing in Super Sports Car League, and supporting his team’s efforts in karting, Porsche Sports Cup, ADAC GT4, and numerous endurance racing events.

As Porsche fans, we’re proud to have had a driver like Mr. Bernhard around for so long, and we wish him decades of continued success with Porsche, both on and off the track.


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Livres « Legendary – The Porsche 919 Hybrid Project » Vol. 1 & 2 – Delius Klasing

La Porsche 919 Hybrid, la dernière voiture de course Porsche – qui a marqué la scène du championnat d’endurance FIA WEC ces dernières années – a enfin son ensemble de livres dédiés en 2 volumes via l’éditeur allemand Delius Klasing, proposant cette nouveauté en anglais et en allemand début 2019 : « Legendary – The Porsche …


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Everything You Need To Know About Porsche’s 919 Hybrid Evo Record Winner

Porsche’s 919 Hybrid Evo blew the world away this summer with brand new world records at Spa Francorchamps and the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Porsche owns the word fast with this car, as it simply beat up on everyone, setting laps faster than even Formula 1 could produce. While it is an extension of the 919 Hybrid that ran in the WEC across 2017, winning Le Mans and the championship, the car is really quite different. Instead of being set up for endurance racing and playing to a specific set of rules, Porsche built a car from the same platform that was specifically made for single lap pace. And it worked.

In the video below, the project leader for the 919 Hybrid Evo, as well as the two racing drivers that set world record lap times in the car, are around to give us the full situation when it comes to this wild and super fast car. Fast facts, if you will. In an ongoing continuation of Porsche’s Top Five series, here are the five areas of the now-retired lap record holder that they delve into:

5. The monster Suspension

4. The updated Michelin slick tires

3. The car’s integral hydraulics systems

2. The revised mega-downforce adjustable aerodynamics

1. and the more powerful engine and electric hybrid assist motors

The car has now been sent to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, and indeed it was sitting on a rotating dais near the exit of the museum. It was quite interesting to see sitting still and after having seen it run really fast at Laguna Seca this summer, a little bit sad.


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Top 5 des détails de la Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo

Au sein de Porsche Motorsport à Flacht, près de Weissach, Steven Mitas, responsable technique du projet 919 Hybrid, et les pilotes Porsche, Timo Bernhard et Neel Jani, présentent les cinq caractéristiques les plus importantes de la Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo. Suite au retrait de Porsche du championnat WEC en 2017, Porsche a développé la …


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Webber rentre la Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo au musée


Voilà, c’en est fini de la tournée d’adieu de la Porsche 919 Hybrid et de son alter ego sous stéroïdes, la 919 Hybrid Evo. Direction le musée Porsche. Porsche aura quand même fait un gros pied de nez à l’ACO, aux 24 heures du Mans et au WEC en décidant de partir du championnat tout […]


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