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The marathon

FIA WEC: Making top performances possible – around the clock.


MAHLE pistons set new benchmarks year after year in Le Mans. High-performance MAHLE Motorsport components have been a permanent fixture at what is probably the most iconic and toughest endurance race in the world since the 1970s. And that is not all: since then, our pistons have been involved in more victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours than any other piston.

Very few other companies can boast such a wealth of experience and technology in endurance racing, including the present FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). This know-how is one of the greatest strengths of MAHLE Motorsport. In our constant effort to improve, we set benchmarks with new, visionary technologies, because we strive to be more than just good.

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This insatiable desire for constant improvement is precisely the same characteristic that made our partner Audi Sport one of the candidates for victory year after year. In 2006, the Audi R10 TDI became the very first diesel car to win in Le Mans. 2012 produced another first: the Audi R18 e-tron quattro was the first hybrid car to enter the Le Mans history books as the winning car. Between 2006 and 2014, our partner Audi Sport celebrated eight successes. Always on board: pistons and engine components from MAHLE Motorsport.

This extremely successful collaboration came to an end in 2016 when Audi Sport withdrew from the WEC. Together with our partner Audi Sport, we not only racked up numerous racing successes and titles, we were also responsible for unforgettable emotions and with the use of new technologies made a piece of motorsport history. Many innovations to come out of this partnership will continue to be used since they live on in series production.

Our steel pistons have been responsible for a very special success story. They have regularly demonstrated their performance and, not least, their durability on the circuit on the banks of the Sarthe, and have played a crucial part in five overall victories.

We are at least as proud of the fact that our steel pistons are now also used in production cars as we are of this unprecedented winning run. While they contributed to an increase in performance and efficiency in the FIA WEC, they have also been helping achieve greater performance in Renault’s 1.5 and 1-6-litre engines since 2014, allowing them to achieve the Euro 6 standard. Since then, more renowned manufacturers have opted for MAHLE steel pistons.

We at MAHLE Motorsport have a clear philosophy: we want to bring innovative products of outstanding quality, which have proven themselves under extreme conditions and continuous load on the racetrack, to the streets.