Porsche gives back to society
SINGAPORE, 11 June 2015 —— 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 will be on sale to raise funds the chosen charity. Only 13 such 1:1 scale replicas exist worldwide and the car on sale will be 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.
Interested buyers worldwide are welcome to make bids online on eBay with a minimum bid amount of SGD 10,000,- at http://www.919hybridauction.com/. The auction will start on Monday, 8 June and will end on Sunday, 14 June at 9 p.m. (Singapore time, GMT+8), coinciding with the end of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race where Porsche is competing with three 919 Hybrid race teams and 120 team members, in front of 2,500 media representatives from 49 countries and 270,000 spectators will be on site.
Managing Director of Porsche Asia Pacific, Martin Limpert said: “It is an amazing honour to have the rare 919 Hybrid mock up car brought to the region, creating awareness of our come back to Le Mans in 2014, as well as to emphasise our strong roots in motorsports – our spirit. Porsche is engaged in motorsports out of principle, rather than pride. Racing is the laboratory of our vision. The 919 Hybrid replica visited six countries in our region in almost a year and has been well received by Porsche enthusiasts and fans. Now we would like to do more for the society and hope that the 919 Hybrid auction will generate funds to help the ones in need.”
About Porsche 919 Hybrid and Porsche at the 2015 24 hours of Le Mans
Specially developed for the FIA World Endurance Championship and for Le Mans, the 919 Hybrid is built for the challenge of putting tomorrow’s technologies through today’s toughest motorsports tests.
For the last 63 years, Porsche is the only carmaker has had an uninterrupted presence at the 24 hours of Le Mans. This has also translated to 16 overall victories and 102 class wins of the world’s oldest and most famous endurance race.
In 2014, Porsche made its official return to Le Mans into the top category with a factory-works team and entered the 919 Hybrid in the LMP1 category. This year, Porsche’s challenge for the LMP1 overall victory honours will be sustained by a three-car line-up. The number 17 red prototype is driven by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber. At the wheel of the black number 18 are Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb. The white number 19 car is shared by Earl Bamber, Nico Hülkenberg and Nick Tandy.
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 countries: 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.
[Source : Porsche]