Porsche ends WSC program

PORSCHE CANCELS WSC PROGRAM No Starts in Sebring or Le Mans Porsche AG has terminated its factory involvement in the World Sports Car Series (WSC). This means that Porsche will not start with its open sports prototypes in either the 12 hour...

PORSCHE CANCELS WSC PROGRAM No Starts in Sebring or Le Mans

Porsche AG has terminated its factory involvement in the World Sports Car Series (WSC). This means that Porsche will not start with its open sports prototypes in either the 12 hour race in Sebring, USA, on March 18, nor in the 24 hour race at Le Mans (France) on the weekend of June 17-18.

Background to this decision was a change in the rules, made by organizers of the American IMSA series on short notice, just before the 24 hour race in Daytona. IMSA decreed that Porsche prototypes reduce their air restrictors from 34.5 to 32 millimeters and increase vehicle weight by 45 kilograms for the endurance races in Daytona and Sebring. Participation in these two U.S. events would only have been possible with the cars at a technical disadvantage produced by these unbalanced regulations. Hoping that technical problems will fell the competition over a long racing distance neither can nor should be the basis for factory engagement by Porsche. This withdrew the sporting and financial basis of the program, for 1995 at least, since Porsche only views the high outlays needed to race at Le Mans in particular as justifiable when they could be spread over several events. Porsche had considered its Sebring entry as a test for Le Mans, among other things.

The declared goal of Porsche's WSC effort was to give motor racing with open sports cars a new international image because only worldwide entry of these cars can justify their high development outlays. Porsche has taken an active part in creating the necessary technical rules for such cars (particularly for cars with turbocharging) and attempted to achieve a fair as well as technical balance with rival, unblown concepts. This was accepted by IMSA over a long period and continues to be recognized and applied by the organizers of the Le Mans race.

Porsche AG will continue to maintain its ties to motor sport and further pursue its interest in international racing at the top level. To this end, Porsche is always willing to foster dialogue with responsible sporting authorities and race organizers.

Should the necessary framework conditions change, Porsche will reconsider renewed involvement at the proper time.

Courtesy Porsche Cars North America Bob Carlson, General Manager, Public Relations

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