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Porsche leaves world endurance championship for Formula E

Porsche leaves world endurance championship for Formula E

The carmaker Porsche announced that it will leave the premier class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), the LMP1, at the end of this campaign to move to Electric Formula starting in the 2019 season.

This could translate into the end of both the WEC and its star event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Far from being a surprise, Porsche’s decision was long overdue. Especially after the withdrawal of Audi – also a subsidiary of the Volkswagen group – from the LMP1 before the current campaign began.

The move is part of “Porsche’s new strategy,” the Stuttgart-based firm said in a statement, leaving Toyota as the sole manufacturer of the LMP1, putting the viability of the WEC at risk.

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In addition, the eventual arrival of other important participants, such as the Peugeot group, is not planned for before 2020.

In a statement, the Automobile Club del Oeste (ACO), promoter of the WEC, regretted “this hasty and brutal departure” of one of the “most successful” manufacturers in the endurance category.

And it is that Porsche has signed 19 victories in the 24 hours of Le Mans, the main test of the circuit, including that of the last edition, last June.

However, in its statement, the German manufacturer specified that it will continue to participate in the WEC GT category.

Last Monday, another major German manufacturer, Mercedes, announced that it would be leaving the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) at the end of 2018, to participate in Formula E.

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BMW and Audi are also studying abandoning the DTM, which would cause the immediate disappearance of the test. AFP

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