Michael Fassbender will join Proton Competition for the 2020 European Le Mans Series.
Supported by Porsche, German-Irish actor Fassbender who has the Oscar-nominated role as Steve Jobs and a repeat role in the X-Men franchise on his acting cv, takes the next step on his personal “Road to Le Mans” journey at this year’s endurance series. “Even before I started acting I had a big dream to go racing. It was clear to me at a young age. My father was an avid driver and he taught me a lot,” says Fassbender, describing his motor racing passion.
Fassbender took his first steps toward a racing career at the Porsche Driving Experience. The entry-level programme for racing enthusiasts includes training sessions with a 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
On the way to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 42-year-old last year completed Level 2 of the Porsche training programme. For this, Fassbender contested an entire season of the Porsche Sports Cup Deutschland driving a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Fassbender was spotted by DSC testing with the Proton squad at the post-season Portimao test.
With the switch to the European Le Mans Series, Fassbender is now advancing to the next level in his motorsport career. “It’s always wonderful to be able to tackle new projects. This is a very special one,” says Proton Competition team owner Christian Ried. “It’ll be interesting to see how Michael progresses. As a team, we’re delighted to be able to accompany him on his ‘Road to Le Mans’.” Porsche also accompanies this stage towards Le Mans and will release the second season of the “Road to Le Mans” documentary at the end of 2020.
Fassbender will share the cockpit of the #93 Porsche 911 RSR with Porsche works driver and 2015 WEC Drivers Champion Richard Lietz and Felipe Fernández Laser.
The 4 Hours of Le Castellet on the 19th of July will be his debut race in the ELMS.