24h Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans – A Porsche 919 Hybrid for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum
The 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum is currently hosting an exhibition celebrating the 917, the first Porsche to win Le Mans, and has now also taken possession of a 919 Hybrid, the car that claimed the German marque’s last three overall victories in La Sarthe. The car was donated to the Museum during a ceremony on the start line at the Circuit des 24 Heures.
President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest Pierre Fillon and Vice-President of Motorsport at Porsche Fritz Enzinger presented the 919 Hybrid, then its steering wheel was offered symbolically to Pierre Fillon, who sees this car as the most sophisticated machine ever to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Porsche’s first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this is a wonderful gift!”, Pierre Fillon said. “We are extremely proud to have contributed to this chapter in Le Mans history with Porsche and we are absolutely delighted to receive this dream machine, undoubtedly one of the most highly developed racing cars to have existed, and one of the most innovative with its extremely efficient, ground-breaking hybrid system. The 919 Hybrid and its advanced energy-saving technology will go down in 24 Hours of Le Mans history. The 917 and 911 are motorsport and Le Mans icons, while the 919 Hybrid marks the technology challenge and the shift to hybrid power to reduce fuel consumption. You can be certain that the car will be fittingly showcased in our Museum. Sincere thanks to Porsche, Oliver Blume and Wolfgang Porsche.” Fritz Enzinger continues: “This is a great moment for us. We would like to thank the ACO and offer them this car for the museum, its rightful place.”
This 919 Hybrid is the #2 car that took the 2016 win with Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb at the wheel. It also claimed two other victories in La Sarthe, one in 2015 (Earl Bamber/Nico Hülkenberg/Nick Tandy) and the other in 2017 (Earl Bamber/Timo Bernhard/Brendon Hartley).