The 2017 Le Mans provided excitement right until the last lap. The 24 hours is not just a race but a rolling laboratory for new innovation. The LMP1 cars are at the forefront of hybrid technology, pushing the boundaries to the extreme.
After only five hours, the victorious No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid was 18 laps down in 56th place after spending one and half hours in the pits replacing the electric motor. Kobyashi’s quick Toyota lost the lead at midnight with technical hybrid problems after a slow safety car period. The No.1 Porsche led in the early morning but again suffered engine problems. The old adage ‘to finish first, first you must finish’ was never truer. The heat and relentless pace was tough on the cars but as they say ‘racing improves the breed’.
This was Porsche’s 19th victory and it is very likely that the technology tested this weekend will be seen in showrooms in the next few years.