Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition, 2017. New special edition 911s which celebrate British drivers’ Le Mans successes. Designed by the drivers who each took historic wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the factory Porsche team - Richard Attwood (winner 1970), Derek Bell MBE (winner 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987), and Nick Tandy (winner 2015) - the car has been developed by Porsche Cars GB together with Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur at the company headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
Porsche has unveiled the new 919 Hybrid at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (IT). The Le Mans prototype, that delivers a system output of around 900 PS (662 kW), was comprehensively reworked. Porsche aims for a hat-trick with it: Target is to win the Le Mans 24-hours race (June 17/18) as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship titles for Manufacturers and Drivers respectively for the third consecutive time after 2015 and 2016.
The 2017 Porsche 919 Hybrid deploys a range of new innovations, particularly in the aerodynamics, the chassis and the combustion engine. Team Principal Andreas Seidl, who continues to serve as acting technical director, reports: “For the 2017 season, 60 to 70 per cent of the vehicle is newly developed. The basic concept of the 919 Hybrid still offers scope to optimize the finer details and further boost efficiency. The monocoque has remained unchanged since 2016, but the optimization potential of all other components was analysed and, in most cases, adjustments made accordingly.” As also in Formula 1, the monocoque is made from a carbon-fiber compound using a sandwich design.
Step into the light: Part 5 Porsche 356 SL Coupé, 1951. The 356 SL (Sport Light) “Gmünd-Coupé” with streamlined aluminium body and covered wheels raced in the Le Man 24 Hours powered by a modest 46 hp 1,086 cc 4-cylinder boxer engine achieving an 160 km/h top speed. Driven by French Porsche importer Auguste Veuillet and his friend Edmond Mouche it won the class 751 to 1100 cc and passed the flag as 20th overall.