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Porsche to leave LMP1 for Formula E

Friday 28 July 2017, By Autovolo

Porsche to leave LMP1 for Formula E

Porsche to leave LMP1 for Formula E

Porsche has announced that it will no longer compete in in the LMP1 endurance racing series, and will instead focus on Formula E.

The German sports car maker follows a similar decision from Audi, who made the same move last year. Porsche will quit the top class of the World Endurance Championship at the end of the 2017 season, and will compete in Formula E for the 2019/20 season.

An increased focus on producing fully electric sports cars such as the Mission E project that was revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show is behind the move.

Michael Steiner, member of the executive board for research and development at Porsche, said: “Porsche is working with alternative, innovative drive concepts.

“For us, 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.”

While Porsche will no longer compete in the LMP1 endurance class, it isn’t quitting the World Endurance Championship entirely. The company said that it will be “increasing its commitment in the GT class” with the 911 RSR.

Porsche will keep the LMP1 team intact, including its driver line-up, and will most likely use them to focus on Formula E.