Porsche has decided to extend its commitment in the LMP1 category of the World Endurance Championship until the end of the 2018 season.
The German manufacturer grabbed its 17th victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and originally planned to go until the end of 2016, but with success early in its 919 Hybrid program they will now add two more seasons to its current commitment.
The next LMP1 rules cycle will take place at the beginning of 2017.
“Motorsport is an important part of Porsche’s brand identity – but not an end in itself. Racing has got to help the technology of future road-going sportscars,” said Porsche chairman Matthias Müller.
“It was the revolutionary efficiency regulations that convinced us to return to top-level motorsport for the 2014 season. That we have managed to take the crown jewels of endurance racing in only our second year, with a one-two result in Le Mans in 2015 with our highly innovative and complex 919, is an outstanding testimony to the people in the Weissach research and development centre.
“The competition bears fruits and we see further potential for future synergy between the racing and road car programs. This is why we have extended the program.”
Fritz Enzinger, vice-president of Porsche’s LMP1 program, spoke about the decision.
“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. 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 currently sits on top of the P1 manufacturer standings as they head into Nurburgring this weekend.