24h du Mans Porsche abandonne le LMP1

Après le retrait d'Audi des compétitions d'endurance fin 2016, c'est au tour de Porsche d'annoncer son retrait du LMP1 .
La nouvelle stratégie de Porsche en sport automobile donnera la priorité à l'électromobilité et à la classe GT.
 
 
À partir de 2019, une équipe Porsche participera aux compétitions de Formule E. En conséquence, la société mettra fin à sa participation dans la classe LMP1 du Championnat du Monde d'Endurance FIA (WEC) à la fin de la saison 2017.

Porsche se concentrera sur les courses GT internationales avec l'utilisation du RSR 911 dans la catégorie GT du Championnat du monde d'endurance FIA, dont le point culminant est les 24 Heures du Mans, ainsi que l'American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Ce réalignement de la position de Porsche en matière de sport automobile est lié aux objectifs du Porsche Strategy 2025, qui verra Porsche développer des véhicules GT et des voitures de sport entièrement électriques, totalement alimentée par batterie. Porsche a déjà pris cette année les premières mesures pour développer sa propre monoplace de course de Formule E.
 
Après quatre années très réussies, dont trois victoires consécutives aux 24 Heures du Mans et au Championnat du Monde par équipe, Porsche délaissera la classe LMP1 le 18 novembre prochain à Bahreïn.
 
Fritz Enzinger, vice-président du programme LMP1 et figure centrale du retour de Porsche en 2014, déclare : « Construire une équipe pour gagner Le Mans à partir de zéro était un énorme défi. Au fil des années, nous avons constitué une équipe incroyablement réussie et professionnelle. Ce sera notre base pour l'avenir. Je suis certain que nous allons maintenir ce niveau élevé en formule E. La confiance est élevée et nous sommes ravis de commencer ».
 
Porsche conservera intégralement son équipe LMP1, y compris les pilotes d'usine.
 

Victoire Porsche au Mans 2017

 

New motorsport strategy with a clear focus on electromobility and the GT class
 
 
 
Porsche planning to enter Formula E
 
Stuttgart. From 2019, a Porsche works team will compete in Formula E. As a result, the company will be ending its involvement in the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the end of the 2017 season. Porsche maintains its focus on international GT racing, and will also concentrate its motorsport strategy on using the 911 RSR in the GT class of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the highlight of which is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and other long-distance classics.
 
This realignment of motorsport is derived from the direction set out for the company in Porsche Strategy 2025, which will see Porsche develop a combination of pure GT vehicles and fully electric sports cars, such as the first fully battery-powered Mission E road car. “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”, says Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche AG. “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”. Porsche has already taken the first steps towards developing its own Formula E racing car this year.
 
At the same time, Porsche is increasing its commitment in the GT class. “A diversity of manufacturers and the quality of both WEC and IMSA have led us to strengthen our commitment and concentrate our energies on using the 911 RSR”, says Steiner. “We want to be number one. To do that, we must invest accordingly”.
After four highly successful years, three victories in a row at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and World Championship titles in both the team and driver classification in 2015 and 2016, Porsche will leave the LMP1 class behind. Nevertheless, this year the works team from Weissach wants to defend the two World Championship titles one more time. The season ends on November 18 in Bahrain.
 
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1 and a central figure in the return of Porsche to top-level motorsport in 2014, says: “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”.
 
Porsche will keep the successful LMP1 team fully intact, including the factory drivers. Alongside ventures in other racing series and the intensive preparation for Formula E, Porsche is examining other fields of application and development areas.
 
Formula E is the world’s first purely electric racing series and was launched on September 13, 2014. The International Automobile Federation, or FIA, which is also responsible for Formula 1, has organised the series to make a statement in favour of electromobility and to get more young people excited about motorsport. Unlike most other series, the season begins in the autumn and ends in summer. The race venues are specially designed street courses in the heart of major cities, meaning the sport comes to the spectators – and not the other way around. Electromobility is playing an important role in the mobility of tomorrow, especially in urban environments.
 

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