Porsche has named former General Manager of Motorsport Strategies, Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, as the Vice President of the company’s motorsport endeavors. He will be responsible for Porsche’s worldwide motorsport activities in the GT field and for GT production sports cars in the position.
Dr. Walliser will replace current head of Porsche Motorsport Hartmut Kristen, who has decided to leave the company but will stay on as an adviser to the company’s Research and Development arm. Kristen, 59, has been with Porsche since 1983 and took over as Vice President of Porsche Motorsport in 2004. In that role he oversaw development of the RS Spyder racing prototype for the American Le Mans Series and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid. In 2013, he led the new Porsche 911 RSR customer works-campaign to a 1-2 finish at Le Mans.
Walliser is more than qualified to succeed Kristen. The 44-year old has a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering specializing in combustion engines and technology management and was the GM of Porsche Motorsport Strategies from 2003 to 2008. Most recently, he was the overall project manager of the advanced 918 Spyder program. Fritz Enzinger will continue to head Porsche’s LMP1 program and oversee the Porsche 919 Hybrid in the Sports Car World Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.