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After a 16-year absence, Porsche is back in the racing car line up for LMP1, the highest class, with the 919 Hybrid. Learn more about its identity in this clip.

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We spent a truly epic day driving the LaFerrari and the Ferrari Enzo in the hills, where we managed to test the power of both cars. We placed a few GoPros on the LaFerrari mean while the Enzo was chasing us, enjoy the sights and obviously the ferocious exhaust notes of that V12 engine!

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An American investment consortium led by HIG Capital has reportedly moved to acquire Germany’s famed Nurburgring race complex.

The firm is said to have submitted an acquisition proposal to the German competition regulator, the Federal Cartel Office, for a significant portion of the Nurburgring’s assets, according to Reuters.

The group is allegedly preparing to pay no more than 60-70 million euros (~$83.4-$97.3 million USD) for the complex, representing approximately half of the initial asking price of 125 million euros (~$174 million USD) in March of last year.

The buyout reportedly includes   …  More

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Gasoline engines have gotten incredibly good at squeezing all the energy they can out of gas. The problem is that “incredibly good” still means about 37% efficiency. If my high school transcript is any measure, 37% still kind of sucks. The rest of that energy is lost as heat, but there are ways to reclaim it. Ask Porsche.

Porsche’s 919 Hybrid racer is using a pretty novel drivetrain: a 500HP 2L V4 engine (a first, if you don’t count their flat-fours as a 180°V) and an electric KERS system with an electric motor active on the front wheels. But what makes it interesting is   …  Pictures and more

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For motorsport enthusiasts, 2014 is shaping as one of the most exciting years ever because Porsche is returning  to World Championship Endurance Racing after a 16 year absence, and thanks to some intelligent reframing of the regulations, the battleground is now not just one of outright performance, but of technological excellence.

New World Endurance Championship rules focused on encouraging hybrid drives, engine downsizing and energy efficiency have thrown three automotive giants into a pitched battle to prove their technological expertise in the harshest environment possible.

Audi has won the Le Mans 24 Hour Race 12 times in the last 14 years – it started racing just after Porsche stopped. The world’s largest automaker, Toyota, is   …  More

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