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Schaeffler to work with Porsche on new hybrid sports car for Le Mans

Schaeffler to work with Porsche on new hybrid sports car for Le Mans Bearings and automotive component and systems supplier Schaeffler has announced that it will work with Porsche on its new 919 Hybrid LMP1 sports car, which will compete at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in June 2014. For the first time since its 16th and - so far - last Le Mans victory in 1998, Porsche will be running in the top category of the iconic French endurance race on June 14-15. Porsche will be competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with its pinnacle event of the season at Le Mans.

2014 marks the beginning of a new era in sports car racing. Not only does this year see the return of Porsche, but also, for the first time, new technical regulations come into effect for the global racing series. These regulations limit the useable amount of energy but allow considerable freedom in the areas of hybrid and powertrain technology, and so pose new challenges to entrants.
The new generation of LMP1 vehicles is more complex than Formula One racing cars. Unlike F1, there is no limit on engine cubic capacity, and various engine concepts are permitted, including four-wheel drive. This makes WEC the perfect stage for manufacturers and suppliers to demonstrate their technical expertise.

"In the new regulations of the FIA World Endurance Championship, energy efficiency and forward-thinking technology play a crucial role," says Professor Peter Gutzmer, chief technology officer at Schaeffler. "These are also the areas that Schaeffler is focusing on for automotive technology. The parallels between motorsport and production make WEC and the cooperation with Porsche an ideal platform for Schaeffler."

Reliability of the car is also critical. In the season's pinnacle event at Le Mans alone, the cars will cover a total distance of around 5,000km - which equates to almost a full F1 season. "This is an extremely high standard for racing cars and perfectly fits the standards that Schaeffler has defined for its production technologies." adds Gutzmer. "All this makes the World Endurance Championship extremely interesting for Schaeffler and its partner Porsche. The timing is perfect for tackling this new challenge together."

Porsche and Schaeffler have been working together for many decades - in motorsport as well as volume production. The first-ever production sports car made by Porsche, the Porsche 356, was equipped with innovative needle roller bearings supplied by Schaeffler. The legendary 917, with which Porsche clinched its first two overall victories at Le Mans in 1970/71, was a development prototype for Schaeffler's hydraulic valve train components, of which millions were subsequently manufactured as production parts. This laid the foundation for today's know-how and portfolio of the global group. Schaeffler has a successful track record in motorsport with other manufacturers and vehicle classes. Drivers supported by Schaeffler have won the DTM an incredible four times to date - with Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller the most recent winner in 2013.

With BMW, the company won the World Touring Car Championship, the European Truck Championship with Renault, and the Dakar Rally with Mitsubishi. For Volkswagen, Schaeffler has put the robustness of its products to the test at Dakar and other desert rallies. With rally driver Armin Schwarz, Schaeffler has won two German and one European rally title.
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