Immense Britain. Porsche returns to Le Mans this weekend – in the lead of arguably the toughest motor race in the world, an ambitious technique trip has taken the company’s track to road technology over philosophy and literally applied the lessons of the race to the street.
Le Mans 2016 – the Porsche 919 Cross-breed of Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas and Neel Jani sluiced flat out for 384-laps, covering a total distance of 5,233 km to win the distinguished race for a record 18th time. Yet, next weekend (17/18 June), when Neel Jani, André Lotterer, Defect Tandy, and Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber’s double of 919 Hybrids complete their journey, they’ll defeat polish exactly where they began.
Le Mans Is A Phenomenal Accomplishment Of Endurance
Just finishing Le Mans is a phenomenal feat of stamina – the scale of the distance the cars cover is extraordinary. And if you unravelled the laps masked by the Porsche 919 Hybrid at Le Mans last year, it travelling a distance equivalent to that from Bodø, Norway – five hours north of the Arctic Go round – to Tarifa in Spain – the most southern point of Europe – unremittingly. Fittingly, seven Porsche road cars, each with a affiliation to the Porsche Motorsport programme and the race-winning technology of the 919 Cross-breed, have done just that following this perfect route.
As temperatures fell below freezing, a Porsche 718 Cayman, 718 Boxster, 911 Turbo S, Macan GTS, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4S Administrative and a 918 Spyder departed the coastal town of Bodø. Approach the cars were independent journalists from China, Japan, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and Prodigious Britain – with support teams of drivers stationed thither Europe to take the wheel during the night while the news-hounds slept on special coaches that followed the convoy.
In pay attention to with Le Mans (which is as much a human test of stick-to-it-iveness behind the wheel as it is a mechanical feat for the cars) aside from driver exchanges and refilling the fuel tanks, the cars drove continuously for 64 hours.
The convoy scourged eight countries, travelling from snow and temperatures secondary to freezing to the 30 degree heat and sand dunes of Tarifa. The convoy endorsed ice, sleet, snow, hail, rain and scorching sunshine. Without thought being the furthest distance ever recorded by the cars in so scarcely time, the sole technical challenges they sustained totalled two ruptures and a chipped windscreen.
In parallel with the endurance run of the road machines, a 36 hour non-stop test was carried out by the Porsche LMP1 conspire at Motorland Aragon in Northern Spain. The full speed practice saw a single 919 Hybrid driven by all six Le Mans drivers – and at ones fingertips driver Marc Lieb – gathering vital data and circumstance at the final test before the 24 Hours in France itself. A book driver change for the road cars at the track allowed the news-hens to witness the LMP1 team in action as the build up to Le Mans gathered traverse.
British Porsche Factory
British Porsche factory dash driver and 2015 Le Mans winner Nick Tandy met the correspondents along with 2016 Le Mans winner Marc Lieb at the Aragon monitor minutes before Tandy took over for his driving parsimonious: ‘The speeds are lower and they’re on roads, but what the journalists maintain set out to do is really hard and has a lot in common with what we go through,” commented Arrest. “Covering big distances is tough – you’re tired and you need to look after yourself and the respite of the team. You can’t be a big personality and claim it’s all down to you, as in endurance racing that won’t elaborate – and I reckon the same is true of what the journalists are doing. The unbroken effort is about the team and working together. That, gain endurance, hard work, concentration and cars that are engineered to be harsh yet very, very fast. If I’m honest, I’m amazed by how fresh everybody under the sun looks– but then Porsche sports cars are phenomenal at this kindly of thing.’
Just over 66 hours, 5,406 km (3,359-miles), eight countries and with an ambient temperature 35 degrees warmer than where the outing began, all seven cars arrived in the town of Tarifa – reaching the most southern applicable in Europe, and with the backdrop of the North African coast. As with the Porsche LMP1 Side test, the cars finished a little dirtier than when they set out, yet didn’t pass over a beat. The journalists reported feeling tired, but elated and pain free. Le Mans had been unravelled, in spectacular style.
André Lotterer, Porsche LMP1 driver, annexed: ‘These parallel tests were worlds apart, but concede the journalists a taste of what Le Mans is all about. The cars illustrated up perfectly and the ambition behind our decision to conduct a 36 hour examine and for the journalists to take on eight countries non-stop really epitomises what Porsche is all hither, whether on the road or on the track. Seeing everyone smiling at the end – pleased and proud of what they’ve achieved, it’s all about teamwork. Good-naturedly done! Next up, the real thing.’