In July 2017, Porsche shocked the motorsport community when it announced the end of its top tier prototype racing program a year early, in order to prepare for a move to Formula E. After returning to the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014, Porsche and its 919 Hybrid frequently visited podiums and victory lanes. Three consecutive overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans starting in 2015 highlighted the Porsche 919’s mark on sports car racing.
Before the surprise announcement, the race team in Weissach was busy planning for another year of racing. Leaving a year earlier than planned left Porsche with commercial partners to consider, a team with energy and ideas for another year, and a gap before Formula E would become a reality.
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