Beginning in 2019, Porsche will compete with a factory team in the Formula E Championship.
As a result, the company will with great regret end its involvement in the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the end of the 2017 season.
At the same time, Porsche will continue to focus its attention on international GT racing, campaigning the 911 RSR in the GT class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The highlight of the World Endurance Championship is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in addition to the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and other long-distance endurance classics.
This realignment of motorsport activities for Porsche stems from the direction set out for the company in Porsche Strategy 2025, which will see Porsche develop a combination of pure GT vehicles and fully electric sports cars, such as the first fully electric Porsche model, based upon the Mission E concept car.
Porsche has already taken the first steps toward developing its own Formula E racing car this year.
At the same time, Porsche is increasing its commitment in
Formula E — the world’s first purely electric racing series — was launched on September 13, 2014.
The International Automobile Federation, or FIA, which is also responsible for Formula 1, has organized the series to make a statement in favor of electromobility and to get more young people excited about motorsport.
Unlike most other racing series, the Formula E season begins in the fall and ends in summer.
The race venues like Montreal are specially designed street courses in the heart of major cities worldwide, meaning the sport travels to the spectators and not the other way around.
Electromobility is already playing an important role in the mobility of tomorrow, especially in urban environments.