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F1 not “relevant” enough for Porsche

Apr 23, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

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Formula One technology is not relevant enough to road cars according to Porsche.

The company announced last year it will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014 having considered but rejected entering F1.

Head of research and design Wolfgang Hatz told Autocar: “F1 was an alternative, but the road relevance is not there.”

“Also, there is a lot of publicity around politics and tires, but not so much about the engines and chassis. The aero, too, is incredible, but so extreme that it cannot result in any development in our road car understanding.”

Porsche’s decision comes after several car manufacturers who left F1 in the wake of the economic downturn have joined other racing categories.

Toyota and BMW, who left F1 at the end of 2009, are now competing in the World Endurance Championship and DTM (German touring cars) respectively.

Honda pulled the plug on its F1 program at the end of 2008. It now races in the World Touring Car Championship in addition to being an IndyCar engine supplier. There are rumours it is considering an F1 comeback with McLaren in 2015.

Porsche competed in F1 as a manufacturer team between 1957 and 1962, then returned as an engine supplier to McLaren from 1983 to 1987, and later made a brief return providing engines to Footwork in 1991.

  1. apexassassin - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    As much as I would love to see the Porsche name in F1, I can’t fault their reasoning. F1 is on a backwards slide with the current and upcoming formulas/regulations and the show has changed from racing to soap opera/infomercial…

    It bears noting that not one of the new age hybrid supercars is using a v6 engine. Even Porsche’s 918 is v8 and as with KERS, the new F1 “power units” are taking road car technology to F1, and not the other way around – as it should be from a manufacturers point of view. Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday.

  2. icemanpjn - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Apexass, do you have any idea what you’re talking about? “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” has limited relevance in modern motorsport, especially in F1. It doesn’t even fit for NASCAR, since they don’t sell 800-horsepower tubeframe Fusions at any Ford dealership.

    • apexassassin - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:48 AM

      I obviously know more than you. It’s called name brand recognition. Ferrari isn’t selling F1 cars to the public, and yet they are the most successful brand in the world. (look it up)

      Maybe you can explain why manufacturers spend hundreds of millions of dollars in F1 if it isn’t to sell cars?
      Why is Honda (and possibly Toyota) in such a rush to return all of sudden?

      Has the world economy improved that much?

      Why is RBR running Infiniti logos?

      Because we are one of the largest car markets in the world. Simple as. It’s not a coincidence that there are races in China, India, Russia, or Brazil* as they are the future of the car markets.

      (* Brazil, unlike the others I’ve listed has a long history F1 involvement, but their growing economy and need for vehicles made it a good example)

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