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Porsche switching from LMP1 to Formula E
Porsche switching from LMP1 to Formula E

Merc announced only a few days ago that it is dropping out of DTM after the 2018 season and joining Formula E in 2019.
Merc dropping out of DTM
Now Porsche announce they're ending their WEC Le Mans Prototype program after the 2017 season and joining Formula E, also in 2019.

Porsche confirms LMP1 exit; Formula E entry (racer.com)
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Thursday, 27 July 2017
Marshall Pruett

Porsche has confirmed its plans to withdraw from the FIA World Endurance Championship's LMP1-hybrid class at the end of 2017 to embark on a new FIA Formula E program in 2019.

Although Porsche's exit from prototype racing is an undeniable blow for the WEC's top class and its marquee event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, its pair of factory 911 RSR racers will continue racing in the GTE-Pro category. Porsche's sister 911 RSR campaign in IMSA's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is also unaffected by the shuttering of its 919 Hybrid LMP1 project.

According to Porsche, its Formula E powertrain is already under development, and its move away from hybrid-assisted prototypes to full-electric open-wheel racing fits an initiative named "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's upcoming Formula E entry is the latest high-profile acquisition for the upstart championship. In joining Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, most of Germany's leading auto manufacturers have committed to the championship. With its incoming marques and existing factory engagements from Citroen, Jaguar, Mahindra, Renault, Venturi, and other specialist electric constructors, the series, which launched in 2014, has become an industry powerhouse.
Full article here: http://www.racer.com/wec-le-mans/ite...ormula-e-debut
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That is sad. I really dislike those E cars.
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That's sh@%%y news.
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That is sad. I really dislike those E cars.
Aman brother! A mordern fighter jet may be cool but it will never mach a P51 with a Rolls Royce Merlin engine. It's the some with cars!

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Manufacturers have no idea how few motorsports fans care about that series. A ton of money is flowing into Formula E, but the whole thing is dull as heck when you're actually at one of those events. Free admission masks the level of true interest. These things are SOO slow.
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Similar to polls of fans showing they want v10-v12 high revving engines in F1.

This news will kill LMP1, but maybe Toyota will finally win LeMans (at least in the LMP1 class)
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I'd like to see a series with wheelbase limits, and a silly amount of fuel for the distance. That will drive innovation. Is electric better than gas? Diesel? Hybrid? Want to refuel?, recharge?, who cares just be the first to finish.
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Never seen a Formula E race. Not super familliar.

Frankly, I don't care anyway. The hybrids were fast for sure but seeing them in action at COTA was lame. Sound is part of the race experience. Those were already too quiet. A full e-race would be like watching grass grow.
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Plus the drivers have to stop in the pits half way through the race and switch cars because their first car's battery lost its juice.
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I tried watching once..........only once, it's not for me
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