Porsche will be exiting the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship at the end of this season much to the discontent of many fans and people involved ahead of a proposed move to the burgeoning Formula E series.
The German manufacturer is leaving the top-of-the-ladder sportscar series after four seasons with the 919 Hybrid car that has seen many success. The commitment to remain in LMP1 was until the end of 2018 which means Porsche is quitting by breaking the clause.
Porsche announced its departure from the P1 class of the WEC and of course meaning that it is pulling off the plugs from the Le Mans 24 Hours after strengthening its plans to launch the first of a range of electric road cars based on its Mission E concept by 2020.
Porsche’s decision comes following its sister brand Audi’s exit less than a year ago. It leaves Toyota as the only manufacturer likely committed for 2018. It is a big shame considering the illustrious history of the championship and it came as a shocker for fans.
However, Toyota Motorsport GmbH said that its commitment for next year was based on the Porsche’s continuation in the series leaving the future of LMP1 in doubt. Porsche’s withdrawal comes despite it helping to formulate new P1 regulations for 2020 when zero emission running and plug-in hybrid charging will make debut.
Porsche will be racing in the GT class and will continue to run its rear-engined 911 RSR in the GTE Pro class of the WEC.