Porsche has turned the tyres of the 2017 Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid into a series of vinyl records.
The recordings commemorate the company’s 19 victories at the world’s most famous endurance race, held in France every year.
Repurposing discarded racing car parts seems to be in vogue right now. Only last week we featured beer cans from Busch crafted from parts of a Nascar racing car… now it’s vinyl records from discarded racing car tyres!
The tyres were shredded and pressed into single-sided vinyl records. Each vinyl includes 24 minutes of audio that details each of the wins Porsche has achieved over the years at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Narration has been handled by a number of individuals close to Porsche, including Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chad McQueen and legendary driver Hans-Joachim Stuck.
The German carmaker has been able to produce 200 vinyls from the Porsche 919 Hybrid’s rubber, but just 24 of them will be available to the public. They will be put up for auction on a Porsche website at midnight on Sunday February 24, Central European Time. All proceeds will be donated to Loisirs Pluriel, an organisation established to support disabled children in France.
For the vast majority of us who won’t be able to purchase one of the limited-run vinyls, Porsche has uploaded the audio track to streaming services such as Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube Music, Apple Music, Deezer and Amazon Music.
Porsche’s most recent Le Mans victory came in 2017 thanks to drivers Timo Bernhard with New Zealanders Brendon Hartley, and Earl Bamber, who steered the Porsche 919 Hybrid to the checkered flag. The racing outfit’s victory came despite starting on third place on the grid behind two of the Toyota Gazoo Racing entrants.