Porsche to Leave Top Tier Endurance racing in favour of Formula E.

Porsche have announced that they shall be competing with a Porsche Works team within Formula E from 2019. 

Due to this new works team within Formula E, Porsche have also announced that they will no longer be involved with the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) once the 2017 season ends. Whilst there will no longer be a team within LMP1, Porsche will maintain focus upon their motorsport strategy with the Porsche 911 RSR that competes in the GT category of WEC.


Porsche have seen a very successful four year campaign within LMP1 racing; boasting three wins at the illustrious Le Mans 24 Hours and World Championship titles in both driver and team classifications in 2015 and 2016. The 2017 season comes to a close on November 18th in Bahrain and the team are determined to defend their two World Championship titles one more time.

Heading into Formula E, the entire LMP1 team shall remain intact – including the factory drivers. Speaking of the move from LMP1, Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1 at Porsche, said:

“Building up the Le Mans team from scratch was a huge challenge. Over the years, we have developed an incredibly successful and professional team. This will be our basis going forward. I am certain that we will maintain our high level in Formula E. Confidence is high, and we are excited to get started”.


The change into Formula E has been derived from the direction set out for the company in Porsche Strategy 2025. This strategy sees the brand committing even further to electric car technology through the production of a mixture of pure GT vehicles and fully electric sports cars – such as the Mission E road car. Speaking of the change, Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche AG, said:

“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 … 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”

The change into Formula E has been derived from the direction set out for the company in Porsche Strategy 2025. This strategy sees the brand committing even further to electric car technology through the production of a mixture of pure GT vehicles and fully electric sports cars – such as the Mission E road car. Speaking of the change, Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche AG, said:

“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 … 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”

Launched in 2014, Formula E is the highest tier in competitive racing for all-electric vehicles. Known for continually improving the technologies surrounding electromobility, the incredibly competitive sport takes place on specially designed city circuits that are easily accessible for as many spectators as possible. Porsche shall be joining the likes of Audi – who also left LMP1 racing in 2016 in favour of Formula E – Jaguar and a host of none-manufacturer teams that already compete within the sport.



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