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1:1 Scale Model of Porsche’s Le Mans-Winning LMP1 919 Hybrid Headed to Auction

By: RM Sotheby's | Photos Courtesy of: ZWECK ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

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The top echelon of Le Mans Prototype racing, known as LMP1, in the World Endurance Championship represents the very pinnacle of sports-car racing. Though no stranger to victory at the WEC’s grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans, having won the fabled endurance race outright 16 times from 1970 through the mid-2010s, Porsche hadn’t previously competed in the top-tier LMP1 category, which began in 2004. Thus, in 2014—the year that strict new efficiency rules went into effect for WEC competition—the German automaker introduced its now legendary 919 Hybrid. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels and an electric motor driving the front wheels, the 919 went on to earn three consecutive overall wins at Le Mans, from 2015 to 2017.

2014 Porsche 919 Hybrid Scale Model at RM Sothebys Miami Auction
Original 1:1 scale model of Porsche’s Le Mans-winning LMP1 919 hybrid racecar available at RM Sotheby’s Open Roads Miami Auction

In addition to the race-ready 919 cars, Porsche also built a series of full-scale models without drivetrains for display purposes only. The bodies were constructed from fiberglass and mounted on a steel frame. These models were used for promotional events, exhibited at races, motor shows, Porsche Experience Centers, and in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. These models were also used by sponsors such as DMG Mori and Schaeffler Technologies at their own events.

Porsche built only 13 scale models of the 919 Hybrid using the original CAD data from the LMP1 racecar and replete with iconic “Porsche Intelligent Design” graphics. This example boasts livery similar to that of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning 919, driven by Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy, and Nico Hülkenberg.

With so few examples made, it is incredibly rare for these display cars to come to market, making this offering an especially unique opportunity for any museum or collector to add an incredible piece representing Porsche’s overwhelming success in modern sports-car racing.

Please note that this lot is sold on a Bill of Sale.

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