The 24 Hours of Le Mans is still eight months away, but that hasn't stopped Porsche from producing another video to get us excited about it. Or rather, Porsche is working to get us excited for the 2014 Le Mans race, when it will return to the 16.75-kilometer circuit with a new LMP1 car.

Porsche hasn't won Le Mans' top category since 1998, when the 911 GT1 was the overall winner. With Aston and Toyota entered in the LMP1 club, Jaguar and Bentley considering, and the years-long battle between Audi and Peugeot still going strong, even if it is 2.5 years before Porsche's return, the wait is looking very, very worthwhile. For now, you'll find the new video after the jump.



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      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I hate hybrids, I would love them to find a class in Le Mans suitable for fielding their absolutely stunning looking 918 RSR, especially if they get to keep the Gulf Racing colors. Or at least getting the GT3 RSR Hybrid 2.0 into a competitive class. Regulations, regulations, I know, but surely, there could be some sort of equivalency metric allowing heavier, more powerful electric equipped cars to fairly compete with lighter, less powerful racers?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        You hate hybrid drive, not the hybrid technology in the GT3 RSR Hybrid or 918 RSR. The hybrid system in those cars is basically what KERS is. It bumps up the power just for a few seconds. It doesn't actually save gas.
      Nowuries
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the video, and just don't know why Porsche ever left LeMans... looking forward to seeing them back in the race, as well as the others too (Aston, Bentley (hopefully), etc.).
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I fully expect nothing less of Porsche than success. Even their recent LMP2 Spyders gave the big dog Audis fits at several courses and stole the outright win on a few occasions. Nobody does racing like Porsche. Nobody. Porsche, there is no substitute.
      Chris Davidson
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Michael, I want you to drive flat out. I want Porsche to win Le Mans. " oh yes!!! finally porsche is coming back.
      Carphanatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems so far away. I wonder if they'll take notice of the dominance of diesels lately, but I'm sure they'll stick with gasoline. Either way, I can't wait to see it in action.
      Masschine
      • 3 Years Ago
      :59 is from the Steve McQueen movie. Come to think of it we need Ferrari back there as well.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Masschine
        The move was actually shot during the race, so it's actually some of the best classic race footage ever shot...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        You know, sometimes I wonder if you do this out of boredom.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        What Elmo said, and in fact, over the last 100 years alone, electric drive hasnt advanced nearly as much as combustion engines have in that time. The motor may be the newest type of induction AC whatever, and be very useful in its own right, but in a vehicle, it needs juice. Juice in the form of massively complicated, dangerous batteries that still, after decades of development, fail to really give an electric powered car over 100 miles of real world driving. At least, not without adding 1000lbs to a vehicle and doubling its price, all for something with half the projected life span. Electric is only realistically viable in cars with... you guessed it, a gas/diesel engine either cranking the wheels, or making volts. Oh, and dont worry about the big bad stupid government hiding all this wonderful electric tech from going through, as apparently your President Obama has been gracious enough to pour dough into electric cars, even at the expense of other green tech research (aka diesel, biofuel). Doesnt seem like a winning battle for the e-car.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        By the way, let's talk about how "old" and "primitive" electric drive is why don't we... The very first electric vehicle was built by a Scottish back in the 1830s. I'd suggest researching names like Baker Electric, Columbia Electric, and Detroit Electric. Now just to clarify, I'm not saying that internal combustion engines are any younger. In fact, the first ever internal combustion engine was used in the 17th century. But you keep posting this broken record BS about how old and primitive internal combustion engines are, yet the electric drive is just as old and primitive.
      lewazzinaroillus
      • 3 Years Ago
      someone on here was commenting that they didn't know why porsche had left le mans racing,...well,...they left it to spend money to build their cayenne suv, and other vehicles beside the 911,...proved to be very valuable financially,..now they i guess have the money to return to racing at le-mans,...winningest maque in racing there,...which will be threatened if they don't return by, coincedentally,...2014!,...[meaning another maque could then claim to have won more lemans races over porsche,...porsche doesn't take kindly to that!,...so, hence their return!],...think their return will be epic,...and produce much needed additional competition,...
      karlInSanDiego
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they give themselves 2.5 years leadtime to develop an effing racecar, how long does it take Porsche to design and perfect a road car??? Redonkulous and stupid. Perfect way to say, "damn they changed the rules, and we never saw it coming"
        FriskyDingo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @karlInSanDiego
        The rules won't be changed to the extent that some minor revisions redesigning won't keep the car eligible. Not in just two years, anyways. The basic formula for the LMP1 cars has been pretty constant, and aside from the proliferation of deisel power and going back to closed cockpits, hasn't changed much since the early 2000's. And lest we forget, some of Porsche's most dominating and successful racing cars have come from exploiting loopholes and bending the rules just enough to keep competitive. Porsche is the master of this. The 917, 962 Dauer, and 935 are perfect examples of this.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lovely video, but isn't it too early?
      stephen.mallia
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is the name of the song?
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