After the successful 2015 season culminating in overall victory at Le Mans and the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ World Championship titles, Porsche returns to defend these titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2016. In preparation for the third season after Porsche’s return to the premier category of the Le Mans Prototypes, the groundbreaking Porsche 919 Hybrid underwent major modifications. However, the basis of the chassis structure and the drive concept remain unchanged.

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As the defending champion, Porsche again tackles two top-league GT racing series with the 911 RSR this year: In the Sports Car World Championship WEC, including the Le Mans 24-hour race, and in the IMSA SportsCar Championship, Porsche takes on strong opposition with the most successful GT racing car of the 2015 season. The new 911 GT3 R celebrates its debut season with races all over the world including the IMSA SportsCar Championship as well as classics such as the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring and the Grand Prix of Macau.

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With fascinating racing vehicles such as the 919 Hybrid, the 911 RSR and the new 911 GT3 R customer racer, Porsche is represented at the most attractive racing series around the globe in 2016. As the title defender, Porsche tackles both the Sports Car World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the IMSA SportsCar Championship in the USA and Canada. The ultimate highlight of the season is the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Porsche takes off into the 2016 motor racing season with the strongest driver lineup in recent years. The sports car manufacturer has signed on a total of 20 pilots as works drivers or juniors, including the long distance world champions Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber as well as Richard Lietz, the winner of the FIA Endurance Trophy as the best GT pilot in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC.

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Porsche expands its successful youth development programme in motorsport. In the 2016 season, four young drivers will be trained as professional racing drivers in the Porsche one-make race series. While Italian Matteo Cairoli (19) and Germany’s Sven Müller (23) continue to receive support for another year, Norwegian Dennis Olsen (19) and Frenchman Mathieu Jaminet (21) are new to the junior squad.

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