Porsche - Goal: Hat Trick

Goal: Hat Trick

Porsche’s 2017 racing season will focus once again on title defense. One of the highlights of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will again be the 24 Hours of Le Mans, held on June 17 and 18. Porsche will enter this race in France as the record winner and defending champion. The expectations are, needless to say, high.

The teams

After a set constellation for three years, Porsche will have two new driver trios in 2017.

Start number 1

1 Neel Jani
Born: December 8, 1983
Nationality: Swiss
Porsche factory driver since mid-2013

2 André Lotterer
Born: November 19, 1981
Nationality: German
Porsche factory driver since late 2016

3 Nick Tandy
Born: November 5, 1984
Nationality: British
Porsche factory driver since late 2012

Start number 2

1 Earl Bamber
Born: July 9, 1990
Nationality: New Zealander
Porsche factory driver since late 2014

2 Timo Bernhard
Born: February 24, 1981
Nationality: German
Porsche factory driver since early 2002

3 Brendon Hartley
Born: November 10, 1989
Nationality: New Zealander
Porsche factory driver since mid-2013

The car


Porsche’s racing engineers want to continue the success they enjoyed in 2015 and 2016. Therefore, they have extensively revamped the Porsche 919 Hybrid—especially its aerodynamics, suspension, and combustion engine.

New developments in the 2017 car: 60 to 70%

Approximately 670 kW system output

Le Mans — The course


The 2016 distances

5,233.5 km Le Mans

8,501 km The remaining eight races: Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Nürburgring, Mexico, Austin, Fuji, Shanghai, Bahrain

The past

18: The number of Porsche’s overall victories in Le Mans

The Le Mans–winning car 2016

Pit time: 38:05 min.

30 fueling stops

11 tire changes

384 laps

216 km/h average speed

32 GB amount of data transmitted from the winning car to the pit during the 24 hours

0.85 Liter liters amount of hydration available to each driver per stint (the bottles were switched at every fueling stop)

The trophy


The winner receives the trophy in a Louis Vuitton case that is as venerable as it is valuable. This challenge cup is engraved with all of the winners’ names. Before the next race it must be returned to the organizer: the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.

By Heike Hientzsch