Some great facts and figures surround the works Porsche Le Mans experience. Check this out:
- 812 Porsche cars have raced at Le Mans, scoring 16 overall victories
- Porsche 919 LMP1 Hybrids are numbered 20 and 14: 2014 is the year of Porsche’s return
- Hans Stuck holds the qualifying lap record: 251.815 km/h, or 156 miles per hour AVERAGE
- In normal racing mode, the Porsche 919 LMP1 Hybrid must refuel every 13 or 14 laps
- The 919 LMP1 may only use 1.67 kilowatt hours of electricity as boost per 13.6 km lap of Le Mans
- The core Porsche racing team for Le Mans numbers 86 personnel, not including marketing etc
- Porsche Motorsport will use more than 1,000 team shirts through the full Le Mans week
- The shopping list for Porsche catering and hospitality includes 1,100 loaves of bread, 2,000 eggs, half a tonne of fish and 1.2 tonnes of meat
- ACO expects a quarter of a million spectators at Le Mans this year
Porsche Le Mans 919 LMP1 Hybrid Energy
The 2013 Le Mans winner drove 348 laps. Over this distance, the Porsche 919 LMP1 Hybrid would generate 581.2 kWh from its energy recovery systems. This electrical energy could:
- Power a 60w light bulb for 9,687 hours
- Power a Volkswagen E-Golf 4,576 kilometres: the distance from New York to Los Angeles
Current WEC Championship Standings before Le Mans
Porsche (36 points) is P2 behind Toyota (84 points) and ahead of Audi (28 points) after two of eight rounds. Twice as many points are awarded at Le Mans compared to the other 6-hour events.
Le Mans Driver Rest/Sleep
Team members grab sleep in the pits whenever they can. Drivers have beds in containers behind the pit garages, but they would more usually sleep from exhaustion. It’s not an easy place to drift off in peace.
I don’t know how you’re feeling, but I have no idea how Porsche expects people to get any work done this week. I’m nervous already and it’s only Monday. Roll on Saturday afternoon!