Triple Le Mans winner quits series; Formula E entry from 2019

Porsche will withdraw from the World Endurance Championship (WEC) LMP1 class at the end of this season, but will maintain its GT effort with the Porsche 911 RSR. It has also confirmed its entry into the Formula E championship from 2019.

Porsche also announced that its LMP1 team would remain intact; this includes drivers Nick Tandy, Neel Jani, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and André Lotterer, although it's not clear which championships they will race in. Development of the Stuttgart-based firm's first Formula E race car is already under way.

The brand will continue its effort in racing in the GT class of WEC, with the 911 RSR now the focus of its combustion-engined racing efforts. It has seen great success in the LMP1 class, with three Le Mans 24 Hour victories in a row. 

Porsche’s Volkswagen Group stablemate Audi withdrew from the WEC last year as Volkswagen looked to cut costs amid ever-growing Dieselgate levies. The group posted increased profits this year.

The announcement also raises the possibility that Audi will enter Formula 1 from 2021 when engine regulations are tweaked, pending approval from the Volkswagen Group board. This is yet to be confirmed.

Like almost all of the other road car manufacturers who have entered the Formula E championship, Porsche will enter the pure electric race series with the interest of furthering its electric car development.

"Entering Formula E and achieving success in this category are the logical outcomes of our Mission E. The growing freedom for in-house technology developments makes Formula E attractive to us”, said Michael Steiner, board member for R&D at Porsche.

Earlier this week, Mercedes withdrew from the German touring car championship (DTM) and announced its entry into Formula E from 2019. 

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27 July 2017

The success of Formula E is because for once FIA got it right! Focus on wheel to wheel racing and limit development costs. It's fun to watch the tight racing and doesnt cost the manufacturers the earth to field a team!

Unlike DTM, F1 teams dont have to spend hundreds of millions on developing racing chassis from scratch, aerodynamics, engineering loopholes etc..etc... Just drive trains!

Once the battery ranges improve and the whole gambut of manufacturers field teams (almost there), Formula E series will explode.

27 July 2017
shortbread wrote:

The success of Formula E is because for once FIA got it right! Focus on wheel to wheel racing and limit development costs. It's fun to watch the tight racing and doesnt cost the manufacturers the earth to field a team!

Unlike DTM, F1 teams dont have to spend hundreds of millions on developing racing chassis from scratch, aerodynamics, engineering loopholes etc..etc... Just drive trains!

Once the battery ranges improve and the whole gambut of manufacturers field teams (almost there), Formula E series will explode.

I understand what you are saying but in honesty, no one I know enjoys watching "silent" races however good the wheel to wheel action may be. It's like watching tv with mute on - it sucks! As for WEC more importantly, that's a real hammer blow for LMP1. That leaves just Toyota and I don't see anyone else stepping up to the mark to compete - NOT good.

27 July 2017
What Porsche really needs to quit next is putting dodgy diesels in its ugly SUVs.

28 July 2017

Sad days...

The end of the flat 6 (Boxster, Cayman) or NA flat 6 (911), Diesel Porsche, mid engine for 911 RSR, and now Porsche in bobo FE races...

Perhaps, Toyota will do only the 24h du Mans next year. I hope another constructor in WEC in 2019.

28 July 2017
Goodbye, great champion.

I will not tolerate foolish and cheaty Volkswagen involving Porsche.

28 July 2017

A couple of years ago, Porsche said Diesel is in contrary with its philosophy...

 

28 July 2017

Another nail in the coffin for the WEC. Since Nissan mentioned they were due to enter the WEC a few years ago now no other manufacturer has since shown any interest in joining LMP1 while Formula 1 and Formula E seem to be the series of choice for car companies. To run LMP1-H cars is hugely expensive, on a par with F1 cars, but if F1 can retain or attract manufacturers, why can't the top class of the WEC? Even Rebellion Racing decided to opt out of LMP1 to race in LMP2. What hasn't helped is a total mismanagement of LMP1 by the FIA while their sole focus is on F1 and Formula E, their darling series. The WEC needs a class which features the pinacle of motorsport development and technology which has always been the case with world sportscar racing, whatever the series has been called. LMP2 and GTE feature great racing but without LMP1 the series would look limp while there are other series which feature only LMP2 and GTE so what would be the point of the WEC continuing as a duplicate series. If a manufacturer decides to now withdraw from GTE I fear that will start the end of the WEC and yet again we will see the demise of a world sportscar championship. Well done FIA!

28 July 2017

Not a chance. This is a big opportunity to pile millions into perfecting EV technology. The race track is the best place to research and test this kit to destruction. There is a lot at stake here - all manufacturers want to be producing the best EV sports car in the future.

29 July 2017
There is literally no good news on this website anymore.

30 July 2017
eseaton wrote:

There is literally no good news on this website anymore.

 

Be patient.  When the tide turns it's going to be fun watching electric cars die out.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

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