Porsche 919 Hybrid 1:1 replica to be auctioned for charity

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Porsche Asia Pacific and its importers in the region have joined forces to raise funds for the SportCares charity – a foundation that passionately works to improve the lives of underprivileged children, at-risk youth, needy seniors and members of community with disabilities – through the auction of a 1:1 replica of the Porsche 919 Hybrid race-car, of which three 919 Hybrid race teams will be competing in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Only 13 of such 1:1 scale replicas exist worldwide and this unit will be one of the few privately-owned examples. Such replicas, or mock-ups, as they are otherwise known, serve as important development prototypes that car manufacturers use for studies, so it is very rarely that such models leave the factory, much less be available for sale.

Interested buyers worldwide are welcome to make their online bids through eBay with a minimum bid amount of S$10,000 at http://www.919hybridauction.com.

The auction starts on Monday, June 8th and will end on Sunday, June 14th, at 9 p.m. (Singapore time, GMT+8), to coincide with the end of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

The winning bidder will also be invited to attend "The Porsche Circuit" extravaganza in Singapore in July, which celebrates Stuttgart Auto's 30th Anniversary and Singapore 50 Years celebrations, as well as get the opportunity to present the cheque to a SportCares representative.

Martin Limpert, Managing Director of Porsche Asia Pacific, said, "It is an amazing honour to have the rare 919 Hybrid mock up car brought to the region, creating awareness of our come-back to Le Mans in 2014, as well as to emphasize our strong roots in motorsports – our spirit. Porsche is engaged in motorsports out of principle, rather than pride. Racing is the laboratory of our vision. The 919 Hybrid replica visited six countries in our region in almost a year and has been well received by Porsche enthusiasts and fans. Now we would like to do more for the society and hope that the 919 Hybrid auction will generate funds to help the ones in need."

David Khoo
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