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Published on July 30th, 2017 | by James Ayre

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Porsche To Begin Competing In Formula E Racing Events In 2019

July 30th, 2017 by  


Porsche will begin competing in Formula E racing events beginning in 2019, and is ceasing to compete in the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the end of the 2017 season, according to a new press release from the iconic German brand.

These decisions are part of the company’s general move to refocus on pure GT vehicles and fully electric sports cars — also known as “Porsche Strategy 2025.” The company’s plans relating to the all-electric Mission E are part of Porsche Strategy 2025 as well, of course.

“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,” commented 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.”

One of the primary figures behind the return of Porsche to top-level motorsport in 2014, Fritz Enzinger, commented as well: “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 reportedly began developing its first Formula E racing car earlier this year, which should give it a nice amount of time to develop something highly competitive by the time it begins taking part in Formula E racing events (in 2019).

 
 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.



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