Autoweek Tells Story of How Porsche Achieved Le Mans Excellence

Just hearing the word “Porsche” conjures up images of Excellence. The iconic car maker has set the Standard of Excellence at the 24-hour Le Mans and now Autoweek tells the story about how the company and its drivers have won the race a record 19 times since 1970. –By Brian Hurlburt, Host, Magnifying Excellence Podcast.

From writer Ben Barry:

The most recent Le Mans victory), with the all-wheel-drive hybrid 919 in 2017, couldn’t have been further removed from the first in the fearsome 917, a race car with a 246 mph top speed if only rudimentary aerodynamics, but Porsche’s victories thread between these eras like stitches through Le Mans history.

Humility while winning has also been a part of the Porsche story according to Autoweek and the company’s drivers.

“Behind the winning car you have talent at Porsche: engineers, mechanics, people who are passionate and do their best at 100 percent without compromise, but they don’t get the glory,” driver Jacky Ickx said. “The driver is a very small part of that success. All the people who have driven have been very privileged to be a member of that unique company.”

Ickz won the Le Mans six times and four of those titles were racing with Porsche. In 2020, the company announced a 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera ‘Belgian Legend Edition’ to honor the Ickx, who was born in Belgium. Only 75 are available.

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