In 1998, Porsche consciously chose to end works cars, instead supporting private teams. That’s what happens when a company is failing. The only environment that has changed is Porsche’s financial problems.Perhaps. But the environment is and has definitely changed for Porsche since those arguments surfaced. Porsche hasn't won a Lemans race in 16 years now - instead they've been building tons of SUVs. .
The 924/944/968 replacement, the 986 boosted sales going back from the failed front engine “replacements” to the 914 mid-engined layout. But that wasn’t enough. The Cayenne saved them. America’s love of SUVs and the fact that most of the world does not have roads saved them. It was recognized that boutique “sports cars” were disposable money cars that went first when times are tough. So now they expand to Macans and soft roading. Ask a world citizen (not a forum enthusiast) what Porsche means and it will be “SUV”.
Since 1998 the only thing has changed is a massive effort to stay alive and in doing so, works racing left until 2014. Sorry, the fact they haven’t won Le Mans since 1998 was their own choice to withdraw so this doesn’t mean much other than they quit works cars.
Corvettes have always been “awesome” on the track and Chevy has ALWAYS played to win. Nothing has changed. Maybe you should read about Vette SCCA racing and L88 Corvettes in the 60s. It’s probably before your time. So how about the more modern works team winning GTE Pro at Le Mans? Hmm, Porsche left in 98, Corvette C5R works teams came. Isn’t that amazing timing? Here are some facts Sixteen Seasons of Corvette Racing: 1999â€“2014Corvettes are now awesome on the track and are beating 911s....so are a lot of other competitors.
Chevrolet is playing to win. Porsche is playing to protect a dying icon. I think the HP number from the GT4 is going to be very telling for Porsche's future.
Chevy isn’t just now “Playing to Win”, they have always played to win and the complaints about “boo hoo, my Porsche is slower than a Corvette at half the prices has”, as I explained, has existed as long as the cars have been produced. Every year, every decade, every model. Do a search in this forum about Z06 corvettes and you will see complaints from 2006.
People ALWAYS complain that with Porsche you get less power for more money, yet people buy them.
I get it that you want a cheap fast car. We all do. And I get it that you want them to “unleash” the mid-engined platform. You just don’t want to pay for it. I get that. But it’s coming and will supersede the EOL 911s in racing. Nobody wants to pay attention to it because its maybe a MY17 car (fefi).
Now I see that some dealers are asking $20K over MSRP for a GT4 allocation? Now THAT is funny. Don’t know if what people say is true or not.