Success breeds success and Porsche is hoping to live that mantra after extending its LMP1 program until at least the end of the 2018 season.
The news follows the company’s 17th Le Mans victory in June and ahead of this weekend 6 Hours of NÃ¼rburgring.
“Motorsport is an important part of Porscheâ€™s brand identityâ€”but not an end in itself,” said Matthias MÃ¼ller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Racing has got to help the technology of future road going sports cars. 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.”