A successful partnership in the fourth round: DMG MORI is once again supporting Porsche as it competes for podium finishes at the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. DMG MORI has been the exclusive premium partner of the Porsche LMP1 team since 2014 and supports the team in the auto racing world championship (WEC).
Dr. Oliver Blume, Chairman of Porsche, provides an initial look forwards to the coming season: ‘We have had one of the most successful track years in the history of our country. We are aiming for consistency in 2016 and will not rest on our laurels. For example, once again we are the only manufacturer to enter three of the four classes at Le Mans.’
In 2016 the Porsche team will start its third season in defence of their World Championship title. Two Porsche 919 Hybrids will take part in the nine FIA World Endurance Championship races, bearing numbers one and two. Conceptually advanced in many aspects, the 919 will take to the track as the technological evolution of the 2015 model. It will début its new look at the WEC Prologue on the Paul Ricard Circuit in France on 25 March.
The 919 Hybrid can reach a power of almost 1,000 hp and has already spurred on the development of future roadworthy sports cars at Porsche, for example with 800-volt technology for the Study Mission E, which is due to go into production at the end of this decade.
The 2015 Final - November 2015
Following another double victory at a wild WEC race in Shanghai that alternated between wet and dry, Porsche wins the World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship with one race still to go in the season. Taking their fourth victory in the season, Bernhard, Hartley and Webber win the championship in Shanghai, with Dumas, Jani and Lieb finishing in second place once again.
DMG MORI congratulates Porsche on this remarkable performance!
The 2015 Final – November 2015
The Porsche team finishes this season of the FIA WEC with its sixth overall victory in a row at the final in Bahrain. A perfect season is now at an end: overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, victory in the World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship at the penultimate race in Shanghai and drivers’ titles that were closely contested even into the final lap. Porsche has therefore won every title and can prepare for the 2016 season in peace.
September/ October 2015
At the race in Austin, the Porsche team made a successful start to the second half of the WEC 2015 season. Porsche emerged victorious once more in Texas: the Porsche driven by Bernhard, Hartley and Webber started the race in second position and finished first in a thrilling race.
This was followed by Porsche’s third double victory in Fuji, in spite of poor weather conditions: Bernhard, Hartley and Webber finished in front of Dumas, Jani and Lieb. Following a change in position shortly before the end of the race, Bernhard, Hartley and Webber take the lead in the Drivers’ Championships as well.
The next double victory comes in a spectacular setting at the first appearance of the WEC in Germany: at the Nürburgring, Bernhard, Hartley and Webber finish before Dumas, Jani and Lieb, who secure second place in spite of several stop-go penalties. 62,000 spectators over the weekend generated an incredible atmosphere for the début of the WEC in Germany.
Whereas three 919 Hybrids appeared in different colours at Le Mans, both cars at the Nürburgring were white. And that was not the only visible difference: around 80% of the body components are new. The low downforce specifications are replaced by an aerodynamics package for high power on the incredibly long straights of Le Mans – with success!
Mission accomplished: At the 83rd 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche takes its 17th overall victory – and it is a double victory. With the innovative Porsche 919 Hybrid, the drivers Bamber, Hülkenberg and Tandy finish first in Sarthe 45 years to the day after Porsche’s first overall victory. The second car, driven by Bernhard, Hartley and Webber, finishes second and rounds off the triumph perfectly. Dumas, Jani and Lieb take fifth place with the third Porsche 919 Hybrid.
No other brand has been so successful at the hardest long-distance race in the world or is so closely linked with the idea of Le Mans. Even its last victory was a double victory, earned by Allan McNish, Laurent Aiello and Stéphane Ortelli in the Porsche GT1 in 1998.
‘This double victory in Le Mans is a great success which we never would have dreamed of’, explained Matthias Müller, former Chairman of Porsche AG. ‘The team has done a phenomenal job over three or four years and it has earned this success.’
Three Porsche 919 Hybrids are used for the first time in Spa. It is a rehearsal for the highlight of the entire WEC season; the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first three starting positions on the track are occupied by the racing cars bearing the iconic DMG MORI logo. Bernhard, Hartley and Webber started in pole position once more. In the race they finish third behind Dumas, Jani and Lieb. The LMP1 rookies Bamber, Hülkenberg and Tandy finish sixth.
With the 919 Hybrid, Porsche continues to revolutionise sports cars and announces that it will continue working on the Le Mans Prototype until the end of the 2018 season.
The second generation of the Le Mans Prototype 919 Hybrid is presented at the WEC Prologue on the Paul Ricard Circuit in France – as a technical evolution bearing a three-colour design for Le Mans. Porsche announces its switch to the highest of four energy classes within the LMP1 category. The power of the energy recovery systems was increased by around one third compared to 2014. The 919 Hybrid is therefore capable of entering the eight megajoule sub-class, making Porsche the only car maker in the WEC currently able to do so.
The Porsche team is proud of its partners and the feeling is mutual. DMG MORI passionately supports the use of the third Porsche 919 Hybrid at the upcoming 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and at the seasonal highlight in Le Mans for Formula 1 driver Nico Hülkenberg (DE) and his teammates Earl Bamber (NZ) and Nick Tandy (UK).
The Porsche Motorsport CNC Competence Center at DECKEL MAHO Seebach receives an additional CTX beta 800 TC. In light of their fruitful collaboration so far, in 2015 Porsche and DMG MORI aim to build on the successes of the previous season and considerably expand their range of components. Ultimately, it is a question of developing intelligent production solutions for challenging components. In this regard, the focus is explicitly on a long-term technology transfer as a central pillar of sustainable success.
The 2014 Final - November 2014
The big victory finally came at the final in São Paulo. Additionally, for the first time both Porsche 919 Hybrids started in the first row in Interlagos.
On the way to their first victory, the Porsche 919 Hybrids covered 2,323 kilometres whilst in the lead. In total, both prototypes covered 23,232 kilometres in eight races. They generated and used around 3,592 kWh of electricity in the process. That is enough to supply an average German household for more than one year (373 days).
DAS FINALE 2014 – NOVEMBER 2014
Porsche announces that it is sending a third Porsche 919 Hybrid to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France on 13/14 June 2015. The racing car will be put through its paces at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on 2 May 2015. Porsche has chosen the German F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg to be its first driver.
September to November 2014
In the chaotic September weather in Austin (Texas, USA), the team was once more on course for victory before a defect caused a loss of power. In October and November the team completed two flawless six-hour races in Fuji (Japan) and Shanghai (China) respectively and enjoyed two more third-place finishes and second position in the starting grid in Shanghai. On 14/15 November, the seventh race was the next step forwards: after being third in the starting grid, both teams finished on the podium for the first time.
Opening of the Porsche Motorsport CNC Competence Centre at DECKEL MAHO Seebach. A parts facility was built there during the 2014 season to develop and manufacture a growing range of components for the Porsche 919 Hybrid. An HSC 70 linear precision machining centre and a DMU 60 eVo FD universal machine are currently being used to manufacture the components. This innovative manufacturing technology is used to produce highly challenging components for the Porsche 919 Hybrid, from rotary valves to regulate air and heat-resistant manifold flanges made of nickel-based alloys to titanium brake disk chambers and highly resilient wheel bearings. These components are all highly complex, requiring extremely high precision and surface quality. The Porsche Motorsport CNC Competence Centre is synonymous with precision, flexibility and the transfer of innovative technologies.
At the same time, a DMU 65 monoBLOCK® and a CTX beta 800 – both with CELOS® – are installed in the development centre in Weissach. Parts production is rounded off with the use of the DMG MORI process chain.
Just three years after the start of the project, the Porsche 919 Hybrid crosses the starting line of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 15 June. The first half of the race went better than expected; the Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Bernhard, Hartley and Webber had completed 37 laps and was in second place before it sustained engine damage with just two hours to go. The second car crossed the line in 11th place overall and in 5th place in its class after a long repair phase.
Following the initial success at Silverstone, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb win pole position at the second race. They are the fastest in the qualifying round at Spa-Francorchamps.
After more than two years of development, the season finally starts for Porsche in April. Everything on the Porsche 919 Hybrid has been designed for maximum efficiency and performance, aerodynamics and lightweight materials alike, but the most spectacular element of all is the drive concept with an extremely compact two-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine and two energy recovery systems. On the 919 Hybrid, the accumulators consist of liquid-cooled lithium ion batteries which are charged by two systems: when the brakes are applied, kinetic energy is converted into electricity on the front axle, and exhaust energy is converted into electricity at the rear. The recovery of thermodynamic exhaust energy is unique in the starting field of the WEC. In practical terms, the wastegate has been replaced by an additional turbine generator. Porsche uses this surplus exhaust gas: it drives two turbines and in turn a generator which generates electrical energy. Energy that was lost in the past is now utilised. With exhaust gas energy recovery, the Porsche 919 Hybrid is the only car in the field to recover energy both when it brakes and accelerates.
The race début of the Porsche 919 Hybrid at Silverstone (Great Britain) proves a success. Finishing third, Bernhard, Hartley and Webber are able to secure a place on the podium.
At the Geneva International Motor Show, Porsche announces that DMG MORI is the exclusive premium partner and will support Porsche on its return to the top class of the World Endurance Championship. Project manager Fritz Enzinger is extremely positive about the partnership: ‘We are extremely proud of this partnership in our challenging WEC project.’
Dr Rüdiger Kapitza, CEO of DMG MORI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, explains: 'DMG MORI represents tradition, precision and technological leadership with a global presence and therefore is an ideal match for the brand values and technological demands of Porsche. We look forward to a strong, reliable partnership.’
Dr Masahiko Mori, President of DMG MORI COMPANY LIMITED, says: 'Through this partnership, the spirit of sincere manufacturing and strict quality control which the World Endurance Championship (WEC) represents, we hope to grow in many aspects and strive for further business development.'
Both brands are extremely passionate about design, which is why the DMG MORI logo is positioned prominently on the side of the large fin, in front on the nose of the vehicle, on the front spoiler and under the headlights.
The first test drives take place on the international circuits and also involve 1,053 pit stop drills.
Meanwhile, the team led by Fritz Enzinger grows to 230 – around 150 of whom are engineers. Andreas Seidl becomes the team leader and Alexander Hitzinger becomes the technical director.
At the ‘Night of Champions’ motorsport gala on 14 December, Porsche announces the drivers and teams for its return to the top category of the World Endurance Championship in 2014, known particularly for its seasonal highlight in Le Mans: Timo Bernhard (DE) and Romain Dumas (FR) became the first drivers. Each driver has already claimed seven overall victories at 24-hour races – Nürburgring, Daytona, Spa and a shared overall victory with Audi at Le Mans. In July 2013 the former Formula 1 test driver Neel Jani (CH) joined the team, followed by Mark Webber (AUS) at the end of the Formula 1 season in 2013. Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Marc Lieb (DE) round off the Porsche team as main drivers.
The construction of a new office building and a workshop for the LMP1 prototype in the Porsche development centre in Weissach was planned in record time. Machines, materials and components are procured, from high-voltage technology to driving simulators.
Calling on its years of experience in battery technology, Porsche Engineering develops the accumulator for the new Porsche LMP1 prototype, from its mechanical structure to the complete control system.
Meanwhile, the team has grown from 5 to 200 people.
Porsche launches the development programme for the LMP1 sports prototype, signalling its factory’s return to Le Mans. The first use of the completely new racing car is scheduled for 2014. With 16 overall victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer at Le Mans.
Porsche hires Fritz Enzinger as its LMP1 project manager. With a team of just five, the Austrian paves the way for Porsche’s successful comeback in the top category of the WEC.
With its return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2014, Porsche has come back to the upper echelons of motorsport after 16 years with its innovative sports prototype, the 919 Hybrid. For Porsche, it was only a matter of time until it rejoined the top tier of racing with a new purpose-built car. Motorsport has always been an integral component of the Porsche brand.
As the exclusive premium partner of the Porsche LMP1 team, DMG MORI supports Porsche in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). Both companies rely on high-tech solutions at the highest level. As technology companies, DMG MORI and Porsche continuously set new milestones which define the trends in their sectors.
Precision, innovation, design and fascinating energy efficiency solutions are major factors in the success of these two globally successful, venerable brands. The alliance between DMG MORI and Porsche bring their shared values of tradition, precision and technological leadership with a global presence to the fore once again and prove that DMG MORI is a reliable partner in every respect.
Manufacture within the parameters
As a technological partner of the Porsche LMP1 team, DMG MORI is contributing to the success of the motorsport experts. Porsche is returning to the LMP1 class of the FIA WEC in order to consolidate its original image on the markets as a sports car manufacturer with high technological standards.
In DMG MORI, Porsche has found a technology partner which will contribute to its success as a leader in machine tool innovation. DMG MORI will support Porsche in two ways: As a long-term machine supplier to the companies manufacturing the high-quality vehicle components for the team. During the 2014 season the machine tool manufacturer also constructed a parts facility at DECKEL MAHO Seebach which develops and manufactures a growing range of components for the Porsche 919 Hybrid.
Maximum efficiency for the future of cars
The new efficiency-based rules of the WEC require cutting-edge hybrid technologies. The Porsche 919 Hybrid is an energy-saving concept of a hybrid vehicle. For DMG MORI, energy efficiency and economy are important issues. Both Porsche and DMG MORI’s machines have to be constantly running at their absolute best whilst making efficient use of energy.
The development and use of hybrid technology at the WEC are paving the way for the automotive industry. The racing car is a prototype for future sustainable drive systems from the sports car manufacturer. The new efficiency rules of the World Endurance Championship which limit the amount of energy that can be used per lap were the greatest technological challenge facing Porsche on its return.