Formula E: Porsche to enter team in 2019, ending Le Mans involvement

Racing | July 28th, 2017 by 2
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Big week in the racing world with lots of announcements that paint a different picture of the future of car racing. After Mercedes announced the …

Big week in the racing world with lots of announcements that paint a different picture of the future of car racing. After Mercedes announced the ending of its involvement in the DTM Championship, and consequently joining the Formula E race, another big German automaker makes the news.

Porsche is ending its Le Mans program and will compete in the all-electric Formula E series from 2019. Porsche’s prototype 919 Hybrid won the Le Mans 24 Hours in each of the past three years and also won the 2015 and 2016 World Endurance Championships.

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Porsche will exit Le Mans, a year before its existing contract ends.

Michael Steiner, of Porsche’s research and development board, said: “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.”

Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag added: “If somebody told me when we started this project five years ago, that we’d be announcing a partnership with a brand like Porsche, I wouldn’t have believed it.”

Porsche’s departure from Le Mans leaves Toyota as the only LMP1 manufacturer in the series, and also calls into question the Japanese company’s future involvement.

 

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