Porsche Back To Le Mans LMP1

July 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

The world’s most successful manufacturer at Le Mans 24 hours announced they will be back to the LMP1 prototype class – which they last won in 1998 – in 2014.

With the RS Spyder sports prototype that was run with great success from 2006 to 2008 by the factory-backed Penske Racing team in the USA, and to 2010 by several customer teams worldwide, Porsche has set the benchmark recently in the LMP2 category. But there is currently no details on the actual LMP1 that is set for rivaling Audi and Peugeot in the LMP1 class. With 16 overall victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in Le Mans.

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Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood claimed the first overall victory for Porsche in 1970 with the legendary 917 short-tail. The 16th and by now last overall win was secured by Laurent Aiello, Stéphane Ortelli and Allan McNish in 1998 with the 911 GT1. In the years 2008 and 2009, the Porsche RS Spyder sports prototype won the title in the LMP2 category.

“Motorsport was always an essential part of the Porsche brand,” emphasises Matthias Müller, President of the Executive Board at Porsche AG. “So for us it was only a matter of time before we returned as a factory to the top league of racing. The success of Porsche at Le Mans is unrivalled.We want to follow up on this with the 17th outright victory.”