Porsche has officially announced that it will leave the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship and will move to Formula E
It has been reported that Porsche was considering an exit from the WEC and it has now been confirmed, in favour of a switch to Formula E.
Porsche will leave LMP1 at the end of this season, a big blow for the WEC after Audi’s exit last year, and plans a Formula E works outfit in season six.
The news follows on from Mercedes’ announcing that they will also join FE in the 2019/2020 season, leaving the DTM series. There are rumours of Nico Rosberg to be team principle.
Porsche’s motorsport division will continue with international GT racing and with the 911 RSR in the GTE classes of the WEC, but we have to say goodbye to the LMP1.
This comes after a huge amount of success for Porsche over the last few seasons, clinching the 2015 and 2016 drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles and winning the last three Le Mans 24 Hours – taking its overall tally to 19.
Porsche’s decision comes as the company sets out targets of launching its first range of electric road cars, following on from the Mission E concept, in the near future.