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Porsche Planning 919 Hybrid ‘Farewell Tour’

Porsche planning 919 Hybrid ‘Farewell Tour’ to successful LMP1 hybrid with potential record-setting runs…

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Porsche has revealed plans for a ‘Farewell Tour’ for its FIA World Endurance Championship-winning 919 Hybrid, which saw its competition run come to an end this year.

The German manufacturer’s factory LMP1 program netted three Drivers’ and Manufacturer World Championships as well as a hat-trick of overall victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including this year’s title by Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber.

While the car or team will not return to the WEC next year, it will still “lap the globe” in non-WEC events and “outside the regulations of usable energy amounts” according to the automaker.

It’s understood the 919 Hybrid could be prepped for record-breaking attempts utilizing its hybrid technology, although a detailed program will not be announced until early next year.

The car will be retired to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart at the end of next year, to take its place alongside other legendary machinery from the German manufacturer.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Jack

    December 9, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    GOODWOOD hill climb record.

    • Jean-Marc Poitras

      December 9, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      How about Pikes Peaks?

      • Barber

        December 9, 2017 at 9:09 pm

        Especially since Romain Dumas is a Pikes Peak specialist.

  2. Bob Anderson

    December 9, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I assume Rennsport will see the 919 in action this September.

  3. FLB

    December 9, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Talladega? (Look it up, ‘Talladega Mark Donohue Record’…)

    Shades of what Penske and Porsche did with the 917/30 in 1975!

  4. Ian Rhodes

    December 11, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Be nice if it could have a more inspiring colour scheme Rothmans martini sunoco l and m the list of the possibilities is long!!!!

  5. Change it up

    December 12, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Do a few intro laps before the Rolex 24 and kick off a USA tour campaign

    • Change it up

      December 12, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Call it the farewell tour around the globe

  6. Steve

    December 13, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Road America overall track record run please!

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