Porsche powering up for an electric racing future
Porsche has said goodbye to the top class of world endurance racing as it prepares for Formula E, writes Roger Houghton
Motorsport has been part of Porsche’s DNA for almost 70 years, but where will it go now that the factory team of 919 hybrid Le Mans Prototype (LMP1) racing cars recently ended its involvement in the top class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Bahrain? The goodie bags given to journalists hosted by Porsche at the Bahrain International Circuit provided the answer: Porsche E-Performance. Like many other motor manufacturers, Porsche is gearing up for the all-electric Formula E, but will only enter the fray at the end of 2019 when the sixth year of Formula E racing gets under way. This will tie in well with the company’s programme to partially, or fully, electrify several of its models, with the move to electric power highlighted by the arrival of the dramatically styled Mission E all-electric sports car in 2019. There are already several hybrid models in the expanding Porsche model range and this is expected to extend to a hybrid derivative of its signature 911 sports car. An...