F1 » Porsche: F1 not road relevant


Porsche says it decided to pursue an LMP1 programme in sportscars as it was more relevant to its road cars than F1

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Jacob - Unregistered

April 24, 2013 12:20 AM

The real reason is that Porsche can't afford to be in F1. That's the truth. Building a competitive engine can cost on average over 100 million euros each year, and the success is not guaranteed.

The last time Porsche built a successful F1 engine, the effort was sponsored by TAG and the engine was named TAG.

Tesla

April 24, 2013 9:51 AM

Jacob - apart from that, Porsche is owned by Volkswagen. It seems many don't remember this? (how it ended up with VW is another epic saga!)

Porsche is quite capable but they are correct with their approach towards F1. It's not that easy to commit.

David Chaste - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 12:22 AM

Porsche has the resources to compete in F1. Given they're backed by V W they would the best backed team in F1 if they made the leap. They could easily buy a mid grade team and turn it around.

Unlike Toyota even though they're backed by VW the Porsche brand functions independently, just like Ferrari apart from Fiat. So they would be better focused on the racing.

Even though F1 has a bigger live audience than sportscars, sportscars has thousands of hours of racing on the web, that can be watched for FREE. So the residual viewership is exponentially higher. One ALMS or WEC race gets more residual viewership than an F1 race. People are still watching lemans races from 5 years ago online.

F1 only has a bigger LIVE audience.

Redda Bulla - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 3:51 PM

@less

Not quite mate, World Superbikes is more popular than LMP1, way more.

World Motorsport Popluarity Order IMO
1. F1
2. Nascar
3. MotoGP
4. IndyCar
5. WRC/ World Supers/British Supers
6. Le Mans Series

andrew2k

April 25, 2013 10:37 PM

While I would like to see Porsche(even Toyota, Ford, Honda, to name a few) return to F1, personally I don't blame them for not wanting to come back as the sport its too expensive to compete in. Ontop of that with the current economic climate sponsorship is getting tough to come by even for works/factory teams. Just look at the case of Yamaha in MotoGP.

@Redda Bulla

I agree with your list when you talk about them globally, however geographically its a different issue. I mean despite its popularity on the global stage, MotoGP is still stuck in the nitch when it come to a big market like america.

Dario - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 10:59 PM

@Redda Bulla

With a closed up engine and a standard ECU, and with a chassis that has no relation to road cars, engine displacement alone wouldn't be enough for Porsche.

Ed - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 12:47 AM

I think everyone is missing the point....what wins on Sunday sells on Monday ... They are simply saying there is not enough correlation between F1 and their road cars for advertising's sake...is there more behind it maybe but that is speculation

Ed - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 12:47 AM

I think everyone is missing the point....what wins on Sunday sells on Monday ... They are simply saying there is not enough correlation between F1 and their road cars for advertising's sake...is there more behind it maybe but that is speculation

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