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This is the Porsche 919 EVO. It’s what you get when you take a Le Mans-winning prototype and rip up the rulebook. In 2018, Porsche set it’s engineers a single goal – make a car go faster than anything else.
But how did Porsche make the 919 faster than even the latest F1 cars? What rules did Porsche need to ignore to turn an LMP1 car into a machine capable of being the fastest car ever to lap the Nurburgring?
The Porsche 919 was a dominant machine in the World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 category, winning 17 of the 33 races it took part in and winning three championships in a row from 2015 to 2017.
It was a truly ground-breaking car, with an astonishingly efficient V4 engine and one of the most advanced hybrid systems ever.
After winning Le Mans three times over, the time came for Porsche to retire the 919 and with that, their LMP1 campaign. So Porsche looked for a way to give it the send-off it deserved.
Hans Mezger, who developed numerous Porsche engines and race cars over a 37-year tenure with the Stuttgart automaker, has passed away at 90 years old. You might not be familiar with his name, but much of the world is familiar with is work. The carmaker’s lengthy statement on Mezger’s passing includes the line, “Porsche owes him not only the Porsche 911’s air-cooled, six-cylinder boxer engine but also the overall construction of the 917 and its twelve-cylinder engine as well as his creation of the TAG Turbo Formula One engine.” If Mezger had only done that much, he’d be worthy of canonization in the auto engineering ranks. But the details of resume include so much more.
Mezger graduated from what is now the University of Stuttgart in 1956 with a reputation that … More