Things you probably never knew about the Porsche 919 and Le Mans

Although for petrolheads, Le Mans is nothing less than hallowed ground. Here's a compilation of random facts about Porsche's 919 LMP1 Car and Le Mans

By: | Updated: June 6, 2017 4:55 PM


Porsche is perhaps one of the most successful manufacturers ever to grace the track at Le Mans with almost 18 overall wins. Ahead of this year’s Le Man here’s a list of interesting facts about the world's most revered 24 hour race.

3 Hollywood stars  have raced at least once in the Le Mans. Steve Mcqueen’s attempt made it to cinema. Patrick Dempsey took his podium in 2015, coming second in the GTE-AM class and Paul Newman came in second overall in 1979.

8 Mega-joules. Each lap. Which put Porsche in the highest category under the energy regulations. Where it was the first -- and for a long time --- the only manufacturer in the category.
Why ? Well the more electric power, the less fuel it consumes. Which translates to long gaps between refueling and ultimately a sizable lead.

3.16.887, The lap record set by Neel Jani in 2015 in qualifying. The record still stands.

14 Gb of data is sent between each 919 and the pits through the course of 24 hours..

19.9 Kilograms is the weight of a rim with Tyre.

60/40 Around 60 per cent of the 919 Hybrid’s recovered energy comes from the front brakes, around 40 per cent is provided by the exhaust system.


400 HP contribute the two different energy recovery systems (front axle brakes and exhaust). On demand, an electric engine powers the front axle and turns the 919 Hybrid in to what is in effect, a temporary four-wheel drive car.

22,984 shifts (up and down shifting) of the winning Porsche 919 Hybrid’s gearbox during the 2016 Le Mans 24-Hours.
128,000 kilometres have been completed by various variants of the Porsche 919 Hybrid from early 2014 until the end of May 2017 during race weekends (including practice and qualifying).

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