Chopard Congratulates Porsche on Victory at Le Mans
Porsche Motorsport seals an historic 17th double victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2015
As Official Timing Partner, Chopard congratulates Porsche Motorsport for its victory
After celebrating a double podium at Spa Francorchamps, the three Porsche teams campaigned for victory at the legendary race of Le Mans. This year, Porsche reaffirmed its historic supremacy in motorsport and endurance racing 17 years after the last victory of the firm in Le Mans. The three LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid’s driven by Nico Hulkenberg, Mark Webber, and Romain Dumas started from the first three places on the grid. After clocking up 395 laps in a demanding 24 hours, they crossed the finish line first, second, and fifth, sealing an outstanding double victory for the team. On this occasion, Chopard unveiled a new, limited edition watch, the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx, dedicated to “Mr. Le Mans”, a driver with an impressive six victories record at Le Mans and a longstanding ambassador of Chopard and Porsche.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest endurance sports car race, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. It is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and is often called the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”. Amongst racing drivers it is considered to be one of the most challenging races to win during the season.
Racing teams have to balance speed with the cars’ ability to perform during 24 hours without mechanical damage or failure. The cars’ consumables, primarily fuel and tires, are constantly monitored and managed. Pit stops needs to be strategically planned and current regulations mandate that three drivers share each competing vehicle. Drivers frequently race for over three hours at a time with maximum speeds up to 340 km/h all through the night.
Le Mans 2015: An outstanding 17th victory for Porsche Motorsport using Hybrid technology
In the 83rd edition of Le Mans, Porsche sealed an historic 17th victory. The German manufacturer finished first, second, and fifth in front of 263,500 spectators. Driver Nico Hulkenberg became the first driver to win Le Mans overall at a first attempt since Laurent Aiello in 1998.
No other manufacturer than Porsche has managed to win the world’s toughest endurance race so many times and is so connected to the myth of Le Mans.
Chopard is extremely proud to be a partner of the Porsche Motorsport team! Mr. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard said: “As a Porsche enthusiast I am totally thrilled about this well-deserved victory achieved by an outstanding team!”
Porsche and Chopard Unveil a New Superfast Chronograph
For the second year, Chopard is proud to be the Official Timing Partner of Porsche Motorsport. Perfectly in line with the spirit of the Superfast watch collection, this prestigious partnership is an extension of Chopard’s longstanding commitment to automotive sports. In 2014 Chopard became “Official Timing Partner” of Porsche Motorsport for the German racing team’s grand comeback to endurance competition. That same year, in honor of this exclusive partnership, Chopard launched a Superfast chronograph inspired by the Porsche 919 Hybrid competing in the World Endurance Championship LMP1 category.
Chopard takes great pride in its partnership with Porsche during the FIA World Endurance Championship. As Karl-Friedrich Scheufele stated, “Porsche creates ultimate sports cars, successful in racing and exciting to drive on the road. Chopard shares this passion for performance and excellence. We are proud to accompany Porsche as official timing partner for their second Endurance racing season. This year, we are celebrating the long historical ambassador of Porsche and Chopard, Mr. Le Mans, Jacky Ickx, and the double victory of Porsche in Le Mans.”
This year, Chopard unveiled a new watch, the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition, a 100-piece limited series dedicated to Jacky Ickx, a driver with an impressive track record and a longstanding ambassador of Chopard and Porsche. This model proudly bears the colors of the legendary champion and six-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.