Porsche extends LMP1 commitment by three more years

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NÜRBURGRING – Porsche has extended its commitment to its LMP1 programme by another three years, ensuring that the German marque will remain in the FIA World Endurance Championship to the end of the 2018 season.

Porsche announced in 2012 that it would be reviving its LMP1 programme for the 2014 WEC season, marketing it as “Mission 2014. Our return.”

The 919 Hybrid car made its racing debut at the 2014 6 Hours of Silverstone before claiming its maiden victory in the season-ending 6 Hours of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

In 2015, Porsche has gone from strength to strength, claiming all three WEC pole positions thus far, four podium finishes, and, most notably, its first overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1998.

In a statement issued on Thursday morning, Porsche confirmed that it would be extending its commitment to its LMP1 programme until the end of the 2018 season.

“The board of Porsche AG has decided to extend the Le Mans prototype programme until the end of the 2018 season,” a statement read.

“With its ground-breaking concept – a downsizing turbo engine and powerful energy recovery systems, combined with an extreme lightweight design – the racing car with a performance of around 1,000 hp serves as a research laboratory for future sports car technology.”

Porsche LMP1 vice-president Fritz Enzinger was delighted to confirm that the marque’s WEC entry was secure for another three seasons after making such a quick impression in the endurance series.

“Back in 2012 we began in Weissach with a handful of people, literally a white sheet of paper, high expectations and a strong amount of courage,” Enzinger said.

“I’m very proud of this team of 230 employees and I’m pleased for each of them that from now on we can plan securely for three more world championship seasons and Le Mans entries.”

Porsche will be targeting its first victory as a manufacturer in the 1000km Nürburgring – now the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Nürburgring – since 1984 this weekend.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”