PORSCHE RS SPYDER WINS EFFICIENCY AWARD FOR MICHELIN ENERGY ENDURANCE CHALLENGE FOR 2008 IN THE LE MANS SERIES IN EUROPE ATLANTA - September 19 --The Porsche RS Spyder was by far the most efficient vehicle in the entire starting field of the Le...
PORSCHE RS SPYDER WINS EFFICIENCY AWARD FOR MICHELIN ENERGY ENDURANCE CHALLENGE FOR 2008 IN THE LE MANS SERIES IN EUROPE
ATLANTA - September 19 --The Porsche RS Spyder was by far the most efficient vehicle in the entire starting field of the Le Mans Series (LMS) in Europe for the 2008 season, outperforming all vehicles including the clean diesel-powered race cars.
This is reflected in the final results of the Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge. Three RS Spyder run by Porsche customer teams occupied the first three positions - with a large gap to the other participants in all four vehicle categories. The Michelin competition is based on a formula which includes factors like fuel consumption, vehicle weight and average speeds. It is the only LMS classification where all classes are evaluated together.
Winner of the Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge with 194 points is the Horag Team of Switzerland's Markus Hotz. This victory is rewarded with a guaranteed starting position for next year's Le Mans 24 Hour race in France. Second place went to Van Merksteijn Motorsport (Netherlands) with 192 points, ahead of the Essex team (Denmark) in third holding 169 points. The first diesel-powered vehicle from the more powerful LMP1 class was ranked seventh in the challenge standings. The Porsche RS Spyder already secured the overall efficiency award at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in mid-June.
In the maiden season of the 476 hp (ACO regulations) sports prototype from Weissach in the European Le Mans Series the Porsche RS Spyder claimed class wins at all rounds and won all championship titles that were up for grabs: In the LMP2 drivers' standings, the first four places went to Porsche pilots: Ex-Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen was crowned champion ahead of Peter van Merksteijn (both Netherlands). Casper Elgaard and John Nielsen from Denmark followed in third ahead of Dutchman Jan Lammers and Didier Theys from Belgium. The first three places in the team classification also went to Porsche RS Spyder teams with the Dutch Van Merksteijn Motorsport team in first followed by Team Essex from Denmark and the Horag Racing squad from Switzerland. And as winner of the manufacturers' title, Porsche earned more than double the points (86) compared to the second-placed Lola (42).