Porsche could return to Le Mans with a car capable of challenging for outright victory, according to company bosses.

Although he did not specify when a car would make its competitive debut, Porsche boss Michael Macht told Autosport the company had "big plans for the future" and promised an announcement "that will surprise you" in the spring.

He added: "Everyone in the Porsche family would be happy to go to Le Mans to challenge for victory again. When we do go we have to be prepared; we will only go if we have a chance to win."

Wolfgang Durheimer, Porsche board member in charge of motorsport, confirmed that there is no reason why Porsche and Audi couldn't race against each other at Le Mans, despite them both being part of the VW Group now.

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