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.