World Endurance Championship plays it safe with Porsche

German automobile manufacturer becomes motorsport series’ safety car provider.

World Endurance Championship plays it safe with Porsche

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The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has entered into a partnership with Porsche.

The three-year deal will see the German car giant replace Audi as the motorsport series’ official safety car provider until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Porsche’s 911 Turbo will take over from the outgoing Audi R8 V10, which held the duty during the 2016/17 campaign. The safety car, which is used in case of on-track accidents or severe weather conditions, will be driven by former GT3 racer Pedro Couceiro.

Gérard Neveu, chief executive of the WEC, said: “The safety car is part of the show and at this moment we couldn’t have a better sports car than the Porsche 911 as the fast intervention vehicle on track.  This is also a perfect illustration of the very close relationship between the WEC and Porsche.” 

Frank-Steffen Walliser, head of Porsche Motorsport, added: “We’re delighted to have the chance to supply the safety cars and intervention vehicles for the FIA World Endurance Championship until 2020.

“As a sports car manufacturer, it was rather easy for us to find a suitable car. Basically, many of our production models fit the bill for this special task on the race circuit. Ultimately, however, we chose the Porsche 911 as the safety car. In total, 16 vehicles from different model lines will fulfil different functions in the WEC.”