Porsche has announced it will remain in the World Endurance Championship LMP1 class until at least the end of the 2018 season following its Le Mans 24 Hours success.

Ahead of its home round of the 2015 season at the Nurburgring, the Porsche board approved an extension of its LMP1 project for another two years, taking it up to the end of 2018.

The announcement comes after the German firm secured a 1-2 finish in the blue riband Le Mans 24 Hours race, a success that has spurred the manufacturer on to striving for renewed success in the LMP1 category using innovative technology.

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"Motorsport is an important part of Porsche's brand identity - but not an end in itself," said Board Chairman Matthias Muller. "Racing has got to help the technology of future road going sports cars. It was the revolutionary efficiency regulations that convinced us to return to top-level motorsport for the 2014 season.

"That we have managed to take the crown jewels of endurance racing in only our second year, with a one-two result in Le Mans in 2015 with our highly innovative and complex 919, is an outstanding testimony to the people in the Weissach research and development centre. The competition bears fruits and we see further potential for future synergy between the racing and road car programmes. This is why we have extended the programme."

Porsche clinched Le Mans glory with its 'guesting' driver trio of Nico Hulkenberg, Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber.

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what sense would that make ? why go a formula in disarray with no clear evolution and stupid high expense ?F1 does not sell cars or give anyone any bragging rights anymore do you think Honda is happy ? No way ! VW has Audi and Porsche winning why change