Porsche 919 Hybrid 1st Le Mans 2017 #2 Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley by Spark. Porsche 919 Hybrid 1st Le Mans 2017 Alternative version SPK5801 #1 Although still a 919, Porsche’s 2017 Le Mans challenger was physically very different to the previous year’s winning machine.
This also applies to the new WEC season, in which the Porsche LMP1 Team together with DMG Mori aim at repeating the success of previous years. The focus of the Porsche LMP1 Team is on the two LMP1 vehicles. Powered by an output of around 900 PS the Porsche 919 Hybrid completed race after race in the first positions. Since then the lettering of the DMG MORI brand is featured prominently on the uniforms of the team and drivers as well as on the Porsche 919 Hybrid. The name DMG MORI stands for the partnership between two of the world's leading machine tool manufacturers: DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, Bielefeld, Germany, and DMG MORI COMPANY LIMITED, Tokyo, Japan. The Porsche 919 Hybrid is a Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) sports car built and used by the German manufacturer Porsche in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons of the FIA World Endurance Championship. It was Porsche's first all-new prototype since the RS Spyder and the first to compete in the premier level of sports car racing since the Porsche 911 GT1. The LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 919 Hybrid (75887) is a decent looking car but it’s also a little disappointing since we already had a version of it in the 75876 set from 2016 although this one is a slightly updated version which makes it look similar to the Audi R18 e-tron quattro (75872).
This year's double victory at the 24 hours of Le Mans was without doubt the preliminary highlight for the LMP1 team of Porsche Motorsport since the return to the World Endurance Championship 2014. This quick success is the result of long-standing experience and most of all consistent and continuous further development of the Porsche 919 Hybrid. While the racing team largely cooperates with suppliers here, the technology partnership with DMG MORI has long and lastingly influenced the internal possibilities in production as well. Because in order to produce components for the racing cars more flexibly and quickly, Porsche Motorsport has built its own and ultra-modern component production as new core competence. A DMU 65 monoBLOCK and a CTX beta 800 form the machine basis. The production process is complemented by using the DMG MORI process chain: Constructing and programming with Siemens NX CAD/CAM, followed by a 1:1 simulation of the NC program in the DMG MORI Virtual Machine.
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The powertrain became even more efficient, the aerodynamics were even more specific for the various race tracks and the weight of single components was even more reduced. “The over 900 hp strong Le Mans Prototype is ready for the title defence,” said Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1.
Even the livery of the Porsche 919 Hybrid’s third generation represents an evolution: In its debut year, 2014, the 919 was white and sported the claim “Porsche Intelligent Performance”. The first letters of this slogan were also on the 2015 racing cars with their background colours of white, red and black. In 2016, all three colours melt together into a new design.
Also new are the car numbers: In 2015 a one-two result at the Le Mans 24-hour race was achieved. Porsche won the manufacturers’ World Championship title. Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) became the Drivers’ World Champions and will now race with the number 1 on their car. The sister car of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) will carry the number 2.
The most important features of the new 919 Hybrid at a glance: For the first time Porsche fully exploits the WEC regulations by deploying three different aerodynamic packages to make the car best suit to the respective race tracks. Three aerodynamic specifications are the maximum allowed. The weight of the four-cylinder turbo engine, as well as its fuel consumption, could be further reduced. The two energy recovery systems of the hybrid drive have been improved in terms of efficiency.
For 2016, also the components of the electric drive have become even more powerful and efficient. That applies for the optimised electric motor at the front axle, the power electronics and the new generation of lithium-ion battery cells in the in-house developed battery. A new front axle allows for more set-up options, while the intense tyre development with partner Michelin made a refined overall set-up for the new 919 Hybrid possible.