The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo's clear visual differences from its World Endurance Championship LMP1 challenger origins suggest an undertaking that began with a blank piece of paper. Instead, the finance men and logic won out over white-knuckle record chasing.
After all, why should Porsche commit boatloads of cash to a programme it ended when it withdrew from the WEC following the 2017 season? That decision followed the dieselgate scandal and the realisation of its Formula E ambitions.
That electric switch has been bolstered by the Evo, with Andreas Seidl, the Formula 1-bound head of Porsche's LMP1 programme, explaining that it will have carryover into its FE programme.