Porsche’s LMP 1 Car No More…
Look for a Porsche entry in Formula E beginning in 2019, and the balling up of their involvement in the LMP 1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. And yes, the writing’s on the wall; things will definitely change at the WEC.
While continuing it’s involvement on international GT racing, pulling back from LMP 1 comes as a bit of a surprise after four very successful years, including three outright victories in a row at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This realignment of motorsport activities for Porsche stems from the direction set out for the company in Porsche Strategy 2025, which will see Porsche develop a combination of pure GT vehicles and fully electric sports cars, such as the first fully electric Porsche model, based upon the Mission E concept car.
“Entering Formula E and achieving success in this category are the logical outcomes of our Mission E project”, said Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board of Porsche AG responsible for Research and Development. “Porsche is working with alternative, innovative drive concepts. For us, Formula E is the ultimate competitive environment for driving forward the development of high-performance vehicles in areas such as environmental friendliness, efficiency, and sustainability.” Porsche has already taken the first steps toward developing its own Formula E racing car this year.
Undoubtedly, Porsche, with its vast resources and rabid following will make the most of this jump back into a Formula series.
Can Ferrari be far behind? Sergio Marchionne has admitted to an interest, which means Ferrari will probably have to follow Mercedes, Jaguar and now Porsche into the all-electrified racing series.
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