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2017 Goodbyes: Porsche 919 Hybrid

Porsche's dominant LMP1 car's time at the top is over

Porsche LMP Team entered the FIA WEC back in 2014, and since scoring its first win at the end of its first season, has been a dominant force in LMP1 racing, winning Le Mans and the FIA WEC Drivers and Manufactuerers titles each year. Thanks to the 919, Porsche now has a record 19 Le Mans wins, and the most FIA WEC titles of any LMP1 manufacturer.

The car, which ran with a turbocharged V4 engine with a dual hybrid system, has pushed the boundaries of technology and its competition to the max over the past four years, and came out on top.

It’s a car which was driven by established names in sportscars, F1 drivers and up and coming talents who have all taken wins, many of them titles too.

It’ll be remembered for the years in which Mark Webber took the wheel, and won a world title. The motorsport world will also always remember it winning Le Mans in dramatic fashion in 2016 and in 2015 providing a platform for Nico Hulkenburg to win at La Sarthe on his first attempt.

In addition to that, those closer to the sport will also think of it as a car which furnished breakthrough talents like Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley with world class results. Drivers who have come through the ranks and created names for themselves not just in sportscars, but in the sport overall, at least in part as a result of their success driving these cars.

Unfortunately though, all good things must come to an end, Porsche following its sister VAG brand Audi in pulling out of LMP1 competition at the conclusion of the 2017 season, leaving just Toyota now to fly the flag for hybrid LMP1 machinery into 2018, with competition coming from privateer entries.

So as the dust settles on the 2017 season, and we look ahead to the ‘Super Season’, here’s a look back at all the key achievements of the 919 Hybrid, which unfortunately, like Porsche (for the foreseeable future) will not ride again in the top class of the World Endurance Championship.

Major Titles

2015: Le Mans 24 Hours, Overall Win

2015: FIA WEC, LMP1 Drivers and Manufacturers Champion

2016: Le Mans 24 Hours, Overall Win

2016: FIA WEC, LMP1 Drivers and Manufacturers Champion

2017: Le Mans 24 Hours, Overall Win

2017: FIA WEC, LMP1 Drivers and Manufacturers Champion

Year by Year

2014: FIA WEC, 1 x LMP1 Class Wins

2015: FIA WEC, 6 x LMP1 Class Wins

2016: FIA WEC, 6 x LMP1 Class Wins

2017: FIA WEC, 4 x LMP1 Class Wins