Last day, Mercedes-Benz announced that it was leaving the DTM and entering Formula E and now Porsche will also follow the approach. Both manufacturers are giving classic motorsport the fatal blow in two series. The DTM without Mercedes can almost already pack up and Porsche is withdrawing from the LMP1 program in return, so Toyota is (currently) alone there.
Mercedes-Benz is withdrawing from the DTM
First a look at Mercedes-Benz, which with all works teams are saying goodbye to the German Touring Car Masters at the end of the 2018 season. With just under a year off, you will then start the 2019/2020 Formula E season. Whether this is about marketing or really a consistent development goal, everyone can imagine for themselves. Because as Toto Wolff himself says “The years in the DTM will always remain a large part of our motorsport history”, the DTM also lives from the participation of the Stuttgart-based company. You only have to think back to the time when it was extremely hot a few laps on the Nordschleife. And now, according to Jens Thiemer, the main thing is to “demonstrate the performance of our attractive battery-electric vehicles from the EQ technology brand.” The question that arises is whether it will be the most expensive marketing campaign of all time?
Ended the wrong engagement from a personal point of view
From a personal point of view, leaving the other Formula Sport would have been more logical, as Formula 1 devours vast amounts of money is becoming increasingly unattractive and has little in common with classic motorsport anyway. It’s more of a show of stars off and on the track. In the DTM there are exciting duels with plenty of cold forming every weekend. Motorsport just.
Porsche cancels the LMP1 series for Formula E involvement
Porsche has now also announced its commitment to Formula E and will start with its own works team from 2019. Here, too, something has to be left out on the other side and that is, relatively bearable, the LMP1. Here, too, it must be clearly stated that the last developments for plug-in hybrid vehicles at Porsche emerged from LMP1 (24h Le Mans). The step is even faster here, so we are already in the last season of the 919 Hybrid, which will be buzzing into the museum at the end of the 2017 season. Toyota remains the last manufacturer in the FIA endurance championship.
The core values of Porsche will remain with us, namely GT motorsport. The 911 RSR will continue to be used and will perhaps receive more support than before, as it will remain as the last Porsche in the FIA World Endurance Championship and thus also in the Le Mans 24h. In addition to other long-distance classics, it will also be used in the American IMSA. The LMP1 team is not “given up”, but internally redistributed to other racing series or Formula E..
Porsche remains true to itself (and its fans)
In direct comparison, it seems to me personally that the realignment of Porsche is far smarter. They keep a close eye on the GT class, focus on ourselves and give the works teams new opportunities here. On the other hand, you swap one development series for another.
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