It’s already taken the checkered flag more than any other maker, but Porsche says it will try for one more, revealing plans to return to the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014.
The maker isn’t providing much detail, but says it will campaign an all-new LMP1 race car when it heads back out on the long Le Mans circuit. It will be Porsche’s first race there after its formal merger with Volkswagen AG. And it could bring out some intriguing new technology, insiders hint, considering the maker’s increasing interest in hybrid power.
But the decision to return to Le Mans means that Porsche will likely be going up against at least one other VW brand, Audi, which has been dominating the global endurance racing scene, in recent years, with its various diesel-powered monsters. Audi’s latest, the R18, overwhelmed the field yet again, this year, giving the Ingollstadt maker its 10th overall victory Le Mans.