Porsche is ambitious to a fault. It is a core brand trait to excel in almost every single way -
To the point where many thought a win at LeMans this year was almost an inevitability.
Preparation, research, expertise and brilliance.... Equals: Porsche Racing.
So when the 919 suffered out on the track, it was partial global surprise and partial relief. I mean, if Porsche could come in and snatch the title from Audi after 12 near-consecutive wins for Audi Motorsport -- what does that really "say" about Audi?
Nothing too flattering. So a bit of a relief, a bit of a letdown, and a bit of humanity showing through the titanium Porsche shield.
Lest we not forget, Porsche has been victorious at LeMans more than any other company -- including the Auto Union guys with the four-ring badge.
Here is a look back at some of Porsche's greatest hits, starting with the innovative machine designed by Ferdinand Porsche when he worked for Audi's predecessor brand.
The Porsche Story in 37 Rare Photos - A Winners Racing Legacy