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Porsche to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014 with a new LMP1 programme

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topproscott - Unregistered

June 30, 2011 7:15 PM

this isn't really a new competitor. Are they going to have audi race porsche? Thats like GM having Chevy race Pontiac... (oh wait... GM did that - but GM is just dumb)

Great to have Porsche back but Le Mans needs another real competitor - this years race was great to see a battle.

Pedro Correia - Unregistered

June 30, 2011 7:16 PM

@Kiko

I disagree...

The LMP2 RS Spyder was a great car, kicked the R10's a$$ in ALMS.

And the future Porsche LMP1 will be a petrol-hybrid car, completelly diferent of the TDI Audis. The hybrid system used in the 997 GT3 was initially developed arround the 3.4l V8 engine from RS Spyder, a engine that fits perfectally in the new LMP1 class rules.

The most winning constructor of Le Mans' history doesn't need Audi to make a car for them.

bojan - Unregistered

June 30, 2011 10:27 PM

Well the more the merrier I say, and a competitive petrol engined LMP1 car would prove that Pescarolo has just been whingeing about the diesels "advantage" instead of doing some development on his cars.

Another way of looking at it of course is that Porsche needs a new car for Le Mans after the way the 911s got thrashed in LMGT this year!

Dale - Unregistered

June 30, 2011 11:33 PM

@ Pedro

The RS Spyder raced in an era when Porsche was still owned by Porsche & not by VW.
It competed against the Audi ... now they're part of the same company.

Having said that, people expected to see an Audi with a Bentley badge when they announced their Le Mans programme, but the cars were very different in the end.

I just ACO get the balance of the rules right to give petrols, diesels, hybrids or whatever a fair shot.

aspinock

July 01, 2011 12:18 AM

I doubt the new Porsche will be a rebadged Audi - just too obvious. If it turns out to be a gas-hybrid powered car, that will be the proof. But either way, this can only help sports car racing, especially in the US, which is just a shadow of its former self. It may also spur other manufacturers to get back in - hopefully.

Tom K - Unregistered

July 01, 2011 10:31 PM

Audi and Porsche racing against each other, even though they are part of the same corporation, may seem counter-productive but it would work from a technical research point of view if they maintain different technical directions. Audi going with diesel technology in a closed top car vs. Porsche pursuing petrol-hybrid technology with an open top for example. Also, lets not forget that Toyota appear to be ready to re-enter LMP1 with a hybrid car of their own. Perhaps, the VW group simply wants to have the extra bullets against new competition.

Then again, it is possible that this is more political infighting given Audi's statement that this was purely a Porsche decision which seems to indicate they had no say in it. Given that Porsche seem to be winning the internal battles with regards to driving motor and platform technology for the road cars, I hope this is not a ploy to push Audi out of LMP and be DTM only. I would be disappointed if this is the case. However, since Porsche, Audi,

Tom K - Unregistered

July 01, 2011 10:40 PM

I hate it with when comment systems don't warn you when you are exceeding the characters limit!

The rest of my comment is...
However, since Porsche, Audi, and Lambo do compete together in GT3, there is precedent for the makes competing against each other.

The real loser here is probably Aston Martin!

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