The 24 Minutes of Le Mans awaits your ears and generosity
The 919 Hybrid was something of a record-breaker for Porsche. After winning both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship three years running, the sports racing prototype broke the lap records at both Spa and the Nürburgring. But now it's been retired from active duty, so Porsche's laying down another kind of record with it.
Porsche is pressing the 919's tires into a limited run of audio records. It calls the project "The 24 Minutes of Le Mans,” and if you play your cards right, you could score one for yourself.
The album includes a 24-minute "audio experience,” joined by 24 stories told by the likes of Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Steve McQueen's son Chad, and racing drivers Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell, and Hans Herrmann.
You'll be able to listen to the tracks on your favorite audio-streaming service, be that Spotify, Soundcloud, Deezer, YouTube Music, Apple Music, or Amazon Music. Porsche will also put out 200 records, imprinted in vinyl produced from the 919's actual tires, which the manufacturer says were "chopped up, melted and compressed” into disc form (if that makes any sense to you).
The first 24 of those will be put up for a charity auction, with proceeds earmarked to support the Le Mans branch of Loisirs Pluriel, a charity benefiting disabled children across France. The auction is set to start on February 24 as the clock turns at Central European Time, and will stay open for – you guessed it – 24 hours. All of which strikes us as a rather noble and fitting tribute to the car that put Porsche back on the top of the podium, contributing the latest to its record 19 wins in the famous (and famously grueling) endurance race.