Elec­tri­fy­ing From Dusk Till Dawn

One night in Bangkok with the 919 Hy­brid

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For the first time ever, the leg­endary car made a pit stop in South­east Asia as part of the 919 Trib­ute Tour, af­ter vis­it­ing China and Ja­pan. Bangkok is an ap­pro­pri­ate desti­na­tion for the 919 Hy­brid, which was im­mor­talised in the World En­durance Cham­pi­onships (WEC) with 20 pole po­si­tions, 17 race vic­to­ries, six World Cham­pi­onship ti­tles, three over­all Le Mans vic­to­ries. all achieved within a re­mark­able four years. The leg­end is say­ing “thank you” to all its fans with 13 stops around the globe, and Bangkok was the third stop in Asi a.

The pul­sat­ing metropo­lis of Thai­land cap­ti­vates with its spe­cial charm and a fas­ci­nat­ing mix­ture of tra­di­tional cul­ture

and moder­nity. Bangkok with its rich and di­verse cul­ture is also home to a thriv­ing start-up scene; it is the world's top tourist desti­na­tion and at the same time ranks first as the city with the high­est num­ber of Face­book users. It is a city where tra­di­tion meets in­no­va­tion, a fact re­flected in the video of the LMP1 car mak­ing its way around crowded streets of Bangkok's vi­brant Chi­na­town yet ac­cel­er­at­ing on the ar­chi­tec­tural won­der of the Rama VIII Bridge span­ning across the Chao Phraya River.

In this dy­namic city with a strong iden­tity, where the day has nat­u­rally 24 hours, it is the hours be­tween dusk and dawn that will be re­mem­bered, just like in Le Mans. Thus, it was an es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment when the 919 Hy­brid re­united sym­bol­i­cally with Porsche Works Driver Earl Bam­ber in Bangkok, who also made a cameo ap­pear­ance in the video (https://youtu. be/nke66­tob­mgo). He raced it to mul­ti­ple vic­to­ries at the WEC, in­clud­ing the over­all lead in Le Mans, which se­cured the hat-trick that made the car a true leg­end in the 2017 sea­son. Although the 919 Hy­brid is re­tir­ing, the cham­pion's legacy will live on in Porsche's grow­ing E-per­for­mance range as well as in For­mula E. This is seen in Thai­land, one of the largest mar­kets in the re­gion for Porsche, es­pe­cially so when it comes to E-per­for­mance.

Nearly ev­ery Panam­era sold this year in Thai­land were of the E-hy­brid vari­ants, and the suc­cess story is set to con­tinue. Soon the new Cayenne E-hy­brid is ex­pected to make its de­but in Thai­land, and the Tay­can, Porsche's first all-elec­tric ve­hi­cle that has been for­merly known as Mis­sion E, will be­gin pro­duc­tion in 2019. The highly-an­tic­i­pated Porsche Stu­dio at Icon Siam, the fourth Porsche fa­cil­ity in Thai­land and a fully dig­i­tal show­room, is sched­uled to open by the end of this year.

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