Porsche is no stranger to Formula One. The German manufacturer fielded several cars in the 1950s and 1960s, and built turbo V6 engines for McLaren in the 1980s. Now, according to this latest rumor, Porsche may be coming back to F1 again as an engine supplier.
Shown above, a McLaren MP4/1E, powered by a TAG Porsche V6.
According to a report by German site , Porsche will decide within the next few weeks whether it will pull out of the World Endurance Championship, and thus Le Mans, to focus on open-wheeled racing instead. Porsche would do this in the form of an F1 engine supplier, and maybe even a Formula E entry—something we've heard rumors about before.
The report states Porsche was one of the manufacturers in attendance during an F1 engine constructor meeting held on July 4th. The meeting consisted of current manufacturers Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault, and Honda, but also included Aston Martin, Ilmor Engineering, and Cosworth. So this isn't just smoke and mirrors—it could actually be happening.
Porsche won Le Mans this year, but ongoing worry about the 919 Hybrid's competitiveness seems to have Porsche wondering just how much longer it should stay in the sport. If these rumors are true, we'll know what Porsche's motorsport plan is very soon.