We’re just over a week away from 82nd 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will feature a three-way battle for the headline LMP1-H title between Porsche, Audi and Toyota. Porsche hasn’t competed in the top category for 16 years, so the pressure is on the new 919 Hybrid to see if it can live up to the marque’s illustrious Le Mans history.
With 16 overall victories, Porsche has a lot to live up to as the constructor with the record for most wins at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Audi is fast closing only Porsche, taking 12 overall titles since its first win with the R8 back in 2000. Since the millennium, it’s been Audi all the way, bar Bentley’s victory in 2003 and Peugeot’s 2009 win.
Amongst the famed Porsche winning cars such as the 936 and 962, is the infamous 917K which claimed the Stuttgart firms first win back in 1970. The rather beautiful 911 GT1-98 took Porsche’s most recent victory in 1998, after two years of trying with the original GT1 model. Despite being slower than rivals Toyota and Mercedes-Benz, the 1998 win was a product of the GT1’s reliability; something Porsche will be hoping to repeat with the 919 Hybrid.
Scrutineering for Le Mans begins on Sunday, with free practice and qualifying beginning on Wednesday. EngageSportMode will bring you updates throughout the week, along with live tweeting during next weekend’s race.