Porsche motorsport will have a new director as of October 1. It is Thomas laudenbach, 53-year-old German engineer who was born in Chile, who will take over from the Austrian Fritz enzinger (65), which since 2011 has led the competition department to countless successes.
“We cannot thank Fritz Enzinger enough for his successful work over the last ten years. He shaped a new era in Porsche Motorsport that led to incredible racing and championship victories. " said Michael Steiner, Member of the Board of Management of Porsche AG as Head of Research and Development.
“Racing has played a very special role in Porsche's corporate strategy. We have always used the racing platform as a testing laboratory for the latest technologies. Thomas Laudenbach has everything it takes to successfully follow this path "Steiner added.
When Enzinger came to Porsche in 2011 he headlined the show LMP1 with the 919 Hybrid. Between 2014 and 2017 he achieved three absolute victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in addition to winning a total of six world championships in three consecutive years.
In 2019 he assumed full responsibility for Porsche Motorsport. Two other titles followed that year, this time with the 911 RSR in the GTE-Pro category of the World Endurance (WEC).
Under the leadership of Enzinger, the sports car manufacturer also participates in the Formula E World Championship, and won the titles at the North American Championship IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar (IWSC), in the highly contested GTLM category, with the 911 RSR.
“These successes are always the result of excellent teamwork. My greatest respect and thanks to all who have contributed to this, whether at the wheel, on the track, in Weissach, in Flacht or in Zuffenhausen. My thanks also to the powerful Porsche customer teams who, among other achievements, achieved overall victories at the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring and at Spa-Francorchamps. "Enzinger stated.
Laudenbach, born in Santiago de Chile, completed his mechanical engineering studies at the Instituto Karlsruhe Technological. His career initially led him to the DTM and to a service company that developed powertrain components for various European vehicle manufacturers.
In autumn 1998 Laudenbach came to Porsche AG. As Head of Propulsion Systems Development, he participated in racing and sports car projects such as the 918 Spyder, 911 RSR, 911 GT3 R and 911 GT3 Cup, until 2013.
As responsible for the development of the 8-liter direct injection V3.4 engine for the Porsche RS Spyder, Laudenbach also became familiar with the racing environment in North America.
“The big goal is to build on the great successes achieved under the leadership of Fritz Enzinger. It is a wonderful challenge. We will adapt motorsport to the new conditions in the automotive industry: from customer races to participation as an official team in the main championships around the world ”, Laudenbach stated.