April 21, 2024

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Michael Fassbender to race for Porsche in 2020 European Le Mans Series

Hollywood A-lister Michael Fassbender will contest the 2020 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) Porsche 911 RSR fielded by the Proton Competition race workforce, Porsche introduced Friday. He joins the likes of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Patrick Dempsey — a further Porsche racer — in the ranks of Hollywood-actors-turned-very hot-shoes.

“Even in advance of I begun performing, I had a significant desire to go racing. It was obvious to me at a youthful age. My father was an avid driver and he taught me a whole lot,” Fassbender mentioned in Porsche’s announcement. 

Fassbender has been operating for many yrs toward his ultimate objective of racing in the notorious 24 Hours of Le Mans. His first flavor of specialist-amount opposition arrived in succession of entries in many Ferrari Challenge series in 2017 and 2018 guiding the wheel of a Ferrari 488 Challenge.

In 2019, he campaigned in Germany’s Porsche Sporting activities Cup series guiding the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup auto, which was the concentrate of the Porsche-developed “Road to Le Mans” YouTube series, which Fassbender narrated.

“I’ve just often felt drawn to heading quick into a corner — and quick out — and just naturally felt linked to it,” Fassbender mentioned in the series trailer. “And now I want to go to the ultimate area,” he mentioned, referring to Le Mans alone. 

“It’ll be interesting to see how Michael progresses. As a workforce, we’re delighted to be ready to accompany him on his ‘Road to Le Mans,'” mentioned Proton Competition workforce owner Christian Ried. Fassbender will share the #93 911 RSR with factory driver Richard Lietz and Felipe Fernández Laser. 

Fassbender portrays Magneto in the most up-to-date incarnations of the “X-Adult men” movie franchise and played the title part in 2015’s “Steve Work,” for which he obtained an Academy Award nomination for greatest actor he was also nominated for greatest supporting actor for his portrayal of Edwin Epps in 2013’s “12 A long time a Slave.”