Singapore. Porsche Asia Pacific joins forces with the importers in the region to raise funds for SportCares, a foundation that passionately works to improve the lives of underprivileged children, at-risk youth, needy seniors and members of community with disabilities. A full-sized replica of the Porsche 919 Hybrid is sold for USD 106,100 through eBay to raise funds for the chosen charity. The worldwide auction was concluded on Sunday, June 14th at 9 p.m. (GMT+8), coinciding with the end of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Porsche has achieved its 17th overall Le Mans victory with a one-two finish.
Only 13 such 1:1 scale replicas exist worldwide and the sold car is one of the examples to be privately-owned. Such replicas or mock-ups as they are otherwise known, serve as important development prototypes that car manufacturers use for studies. Very rarely are these models allowed to leave the factory yet alone be available for sale.
The proud Thai owner of the Porsche 919 design prototype, a passionate Porsche enthusiast and longtime collector, commented that he was very excited to learn about the auction. He also added that he simply could not miss the opportunity to have this very rare replica, especially now that Porsche has made another historic win in Le Mans and at the same time, he can give back to the community.
Martin Limpert, Managing Director of Porsche Asia Pacific, said: “The rare 919 Hybrid mock up car was brought to the region, to create awareness of our comeback to Le Mans in 2014, as well as to emphasize our strong roots in motorsports – our spirit. The 919 Hybrid replica visited six countries in almost a year and has been well received. We are very pleased to receive the overwhelming response from the auction and the final outcome beyond our expectation. Porsche is pleased to have initiated the charity to generate funds to help the ones in need. We are very thankful for the support and glad that the important design prototype has found a new home”
About Porsche at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans
For the last 63 years, Porsche is the only carmaker has had an uninterrupted presence at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2014, Porsche made its official return to Le Mans into the top category with a factory-works team and entered with the 919 Hybrid in the LMP1 category. This year, in 2015, Porsche’s competed in the LMP1 with a three-car line-up.
Mission accomplished. Porsche has achieved its 17th overall Le Mans victory at the 83rd running of the famous 24-Hour race in a perfect way with a one-two finish. Drivers Earl Bamber (NZ), Nico Hülkenberg (GER) and Nick Tandy (GB) won the coveted trophy in their innovative Porsche 919 Hybrid exactly 45 years after Porsche’s first overall win at the La Sarthe was achieved. Timo Bernhard (GER), Brenton Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AUS) in the sister car added the icing on the cake when they came home in second. Roman Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (GER) brought home the Porsche 919 Hybrid in fifth.
About Porsche Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Porsche Asia Pacific Pte Ltd commenced operations on October 1st, 2001 and was founded to give Porsche closer ties with Asia Pacific markets that are becoming increasingly important and to support our importers and dealers. Porsche Asia Pacific supports the operation of 13 coun-tries: Brunei, Cambodia, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Caledonia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
The SportCares Foundation and Movement was set up in late 2012 to help people live better lives through sport. It operates as the philanthropic arm of Sport Singapore, and it is a partner with The Community Foundation of Singapore to run programmes and to support initiatives by volunteer welfare agencies and grassroot groups. Designed to use sport as a force for social good, SportCares develops and support sustainable, scalable programming to engage the vulnerable segments of society. From underprivileged children to people of all ages with disabilities to enthusiastic volunteers to needy seniors to generous donors, sport can be a channel to empower people to live better. SportCares is a key recommendation of Sport Singapore’s (SportSG) Vision 2030: Live Better through Sport master plan.
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