FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), LMP1
It is not only the car numbers of 1 and 2 on the Porsche 919 Hybrids that are rewards from last year’s successes. Also the World Championship winning team’s partners enjoy having their reputations enhanced by their names appearing on the innovative Le Mans Prototypes competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
“We are very proud of our partners,” said Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1. “With most of them we have been working since the programme kicked off. Some of the companies are involved in the demanding research, development and production of the cars, and in all cases it is a prestigious and fruitful relationship between those partners and the iconic sports car brand of Porsche. Together we are looking forward to the season.”
In 2016 a newcomer to the team is German luminaire manufacturer TRILUX who aim to represent the most simple and reliable path to customised, energy-efficient and future-capable lighting solutions. The company has over 5,200 employees worldwide, operates seven production locations in Europe and Asia and cares for its international clients due to 25 sister companies and a huge number of sales partners.
DMG MORI enters its third season in the role of the team’s exclusive premium partner. The name DMG MORI stands for the partnership between two of the world’s leading machine tool manufacturers: DMG MORI SEIKI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, Bielefeld, Germany, and DMG MORI SEIKI COMPANY LIMITED, Tokyo, Japan. Business operations are subdivided into the “Machine Tools” and “Industrial Services” segments. With 22 production locations in total, 164 national and international sales and service locations the DMG MORI group has achieved a worldwide presence. DMG MORI’s expansion of its machine tool sector is based on a consistent focus on high-growth industries such as the automotive, aerospace, medical technology and power engineering sectors. Porsche has found a partner in DMG MORI, which, as innovation leader in the field of machine tool manufacturing, can contribute to its success in motorsport.
Chopard stays on board too, being the team’s official timing partner. The Geneva based company was founded by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in 1860. Bought by the Scheufele family in 1963, Chopard has built its reputation further, and, by employing 1700 people worldwide and having subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and North America, today is one of the world’s most successful jewellery and watch makers.
Vodafone remains the Porsche Team’s official communication partner. Vodafone Global Enterprise is part of the Vodafone Group, dedicated to delivering total communication services to the world’s largest multinational. Across established and emerging markets, the Vodafone Global Enterprise global network spans 150 countries and their experienced team of over 3,000 people supports more than 1,700 multi-national corporations worldwide.
Official partners since the maiden season are Schaeffler from Germany, a global supplier to the industrial and automotive sectors, the renowned French tyre manufacturer Michelin and the US American Exxon Mobil Corporation with its lubricant brand of Mobil 1.
Further faithful partners of the team are the C. & A. Veltins brewery, commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania and battery cell manufacturer A123 Systems. Sporting goods manufacturer Adidas continues to supply team gear. Energy drink partner Red Bull happily stays with the successful Porsche Team and the drivers keep enjoying the comfort of their fireproof equipment from Alpinestars.
Tool manufacturer Hazet remains the team’s official supplier, as does Uvex when it comes to protective clothing. The classy furniture brand of Walter Knoll provides the aesthetics of the hospitality units in which Hauser Catering and Darboven, experts for hot drinks, provide service for the highest demands at race speed and at the level Porsche expects.