24 : 16 – Le Mans 24 Hours, 16 Wins with Porsche
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Senior engineer Norbert Singer has retired from Porsche's race department at Weissach after a career spanning 37 years.In that time he has been involved in all of Porsche's 16 wins at Le Mans,starting with improved cooling of the gearbox on the 917 model that won in 1970, to being principal designer of the 956 and 962 Group C cars that achieved six consecutive Le Mans victories in the 1980s, and finally, the 911 GT1-98 that won in 1998. Now, he tells the story in his fascinating biography 24:16 - that is, 24-Hours of Le Mans, 16 Porsche victories, published by Coterie Press. With the foreword by Derek Bell MBE, it features never-seen-before imagery from the Porsche archives and provides a fascinating insight into the development of the racing department at Weissach, and the background to some key decisions. Norbert Singer's legacy is the race development of the 911 model, starting with a commission from Dr Ernst Fuhrmann in 1972, leading to the 911 RSR that won the Daytona 24-hours and the Targa Florio in 1973, the Turbo model which raced in 1974, the 935 which dominated endurance racing between 1976 and 1981, and of course today's new generation 911 GT3 Cup, RS and RSR models.