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Porsche swaps WEC for Formula E


Starting in 2019, an official Porsche team will compete in Formula E. As a result, the company will end its involvement in the LMP1 category of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the end of the 2017 season.

Porsche will remain in international GT competitions and will focus its automotive strategy on using the 911 RSR in that GT category of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans as the most prominent event, as well as in the IMSA American Championship. WeatherTech SportsCar and other long-distance classic races.

The readjustment in the competition plans stems from the direction established by the company in its Porsche Strategy 2025, where a development is contemplated that combines pure GT vehicles and fully electric sports cars, as is the case of the first road car moved to 100 % by batteries, the Mission E.

“Porsche is working on innovative alternative drive concepts. For us, Formula E is the most avant-garde competitive environment for the development of high-performance vehicles that take into account aspects such as respect for the environment, efficiency and sustainability ”, commented Michael Steiner, Member of the Board of Management of Porsche AG as head of Research and Development. In this sense, he clarified that Porsche "has already taken this year" the first steps towards the development of its Formula E car.

At the same time, Porsche is increasing its commitment to the GT category. "The wide variety of manufacturers and the quality of the WEC and IMSA competitions has led us to strengthen our commitment and focus our energy on using the 911 RSR," says Steiner. “We want to be number one. To achieve this, we must invest accordingly ”.

After four years of great success, with three consecutive victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 2015 and 2016 World Championship titles, both in the Manufacturers and Drivers section, Porsche will drop the LMP1 category. This year the official Weissach team will once again defend both events.

“Building the Le Mans team from scratch was a great challenge. During these years we have developed an incredibly professional and successful team. This will be our base from now on. I am confident that we will maintain our high standards in Formula E. Confidence is great and we are eager to get started, ”said Fritz Enzinger, Vice President of the LMP1 Project and a key figure in Porsche's return to the top level of motorsport in 2014.

Formula E is the first fully electric world championship, which was launched on September 13, 2014. The International Automobile Federation (FIA), which is also responsible for Formula 1, organized the event as a commitment to electromobility and to attract more young people to motorsport.

Unlike most championships, the season begins in the fall and ends in the summer. Races are held on purpose-built city circuits in the heart of major cities, which means bringing the sport to the spectators, not the other way around. Electromobility will play a key role in the way you travel in the future, especially in urban environments.

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