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Until 27 February 2022

Porsche at Le Mans

Special exhibition on a unique success story

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Look out, racing fans: from now on, everything at ZeitHaus will revolve around Porsche's successes in the legendary Le Mans race. A Porsche took part in the world's most famous endurance race for the first time in 1951. Since then, the race cars from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen have raced every year at the legendary track.

Guests can now experience part of the 70-year success story on the 2nd floor of the ZeitHaus: four race cars, an original engine from a Porsche 917 and racing suits, as well as other exhibits from the collection of the Porsche Museum, let you get right up close to the myth.

These four race cars are waiting for you in the special exhibition:


The 924 entered the 1981 Le Mans race with starting number 1 and was driven by Jürgen Barth and rally world champion Walter Röhrl. A water-cooled, four-cylinder, four-valve engine with fully electronic Bosch fuel injection was used for the first time. With an average speed of 183.5 km/h, the drivers covered 4,401 kilometres in 24 hours. This gave them seventh place overall and victory in the GTP class. They also received the prize for the shortest overall standing time in the pits.

PORSCHE 911 GT1 1998

The exhibit on display is a stand-in for the original vehicle. After a training accident in October 1998 in Homestead, USA, the exhibition car was converted to the look of the Le Mans winner in 1998 Technically, this race car corresponds to the Le Mans-winning 911 GT1 '98 – which means that the vehicle also has the first carbon-fibre chassis created by Porsche and the first carbon-fibre brakes used by Porsche. Another new feature is the sequential shifting of the six-speed transmission.


In addition to the engine and transmission, Porsche also designed the chassis, body structure and aerodynamic concept from scratch for the 2017 season: the four-litre naturally aspirated engine placed in front of the rear axle features direct petrol injection and produces around 375 kW (510 hp). It sends its power to the rear wheels via a sequential six-speed gearbox. The exhibition vehicle wears the colours of the 911 RSR in Rothmans décor, which it started with at Le Mans in 2018.


With a system output of more than 662 kW (900 hp), the 919 Hybrid was the most innovative racing car that Porsche had built to date: it achieved third place in the overall standings in 2014 and a one-two victory at Le Mans in 2015 and 2016. In the 2017 season, Porsche competed at Le Mans with a 919 that had been developed further and won again.

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A naturally aspirated engine from the legendary Porsche 917 can also be seen in the exhibition area. Racing gloves, a racing helmet and overalls worn by Nico Hülkenberg and Romain Dumas, overall winners at Le Mans in 2015 and 2016, will take visitors on a journey through the Porsche success story at Le Mans. Films also show especially magical moments from the world's most famous endurance race. These include: Walther Röhrl, Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard.


If you would like to take a souvenir home with you, you can look forward to a large selection of Porsche and Le Mans items, which will be on sale in the Metropol Shop together with the exhibition.


The exhibition at the ZeitHaus, which is on display until 27 February 2022, marks the end of the Le Mans jubilee year for Porsche. The Porsche Museum and the Porsche brand have been celebrating the jubilee and the associated successes since June 2021 with a road show through nine countries on three continents.