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Porsche and the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Porsche in the starting line-up for 63 years
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the most famous endurance race in the world. The post-war story of the 24 Heures du Mans begins in the year 1949. And already in 1951 – the production of the first sports cars in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen commenced in March the previous year – a small delegation from Porsche KG tackles the high-speed circuit 200 kilometres west of Paris in the Sarthe department.

Porsche in Le Mans
Over 100 Porsche victories since 1951
A record: 16 overall victories in the Le Mans race
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the greatest challenge that exists in endurance racing. Porsche race cars have taken up this challenge every year since 1951. No other marque has managed to take on the demands of this marathon with such stamina. 102 class wins including sixteen overall victories scored by the works team and international customer squads represent an unparalleled record. Here is the story of Porsche at Le Mans.

70 years of technology transfer
From the race track to the road
There’s a race car in every Porsche
The “Number One” had it all: it was a sports car for the road and the circuit, the giver and receiver of both everyday and racing technology. The pre-war Berlin-Rome car gave the inspiration for the aerodynamic shape of the Porsche Prototype 356 No. 1. At the same time, the 1948 Gmünd-Roadster was a rolling lab for the development of its successors. The technology transfer enjoyed a flying start at Porsche.

Legendary race cars
Model Highlights from 1951 - 1998
Porsche racing cars have been in the starting line-up every year since 1951. Selected highlights from Porsche's long history at the Le Mans race can be found here.
Mission 2014. Our Return.
Countdown to 2014
It was the news that motorsport fans around the world had been waiting for: Porsche returns to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2014 with a newly-developed LMP1 sports prototype. The goal is clear: to bring home the 17th overall victory from the most famous endurance race in the world. more ...
Observations from Le Mans
Historical posters
The Circuit de la Sarthe 1951 to 2013
Porsche in Le Mans (Trailer 1:44)