Following a strong season to far with four victories – including wins at both the 24-hour race at Le Mans and on home soil at the Nürburgring – Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley have a commanding lead in the WEC drivers’ classification with an advantage of 39 points. As a result, Schaeffler and Porsche can become driver and manufacturer world champions in China next weekend with one race remaining. For both companies, this would be the third double title win in a row.
Shanghai International Circuit is the venue of the penultimate WEC race in 2017. The 5.451-kilometer Grand Prix circuit has been an integral event in the calendar ever since the WEC’s inaugural season in 2012. Schaeffler and Porsche have already celebrated two victories in three events there between 2014 and 2016.
WEC as test laboratory for powertrain technologies
In the motorsport scene, the WEC is known as a particularly tough but ideal test laboratory for innovative powertrain technologies. It is an appropriate environment for a company like Schaeffler to continue its pioneering work in the development of hybrid systems for production vehicles. The Porsche 919 Hybrid, which fields in the top LMP1 category, is powered by both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.