Porsche has now unveiled the Porsche 99X Electric racing car with which the manufacturer will be starting at the Formula E for the first time in the 2019/20 season. Drivers Neel Jani and André Lotterer will sit in the Porsche cockpit for the sixth season.
In addition, Pascal Zurlinden will assume the role of overall project manager for factory motorsport alongside his role in GT factory sport within the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team.
The development of the “Porsche E-Performance Powertrain” has played a central role in the racing car from the start. The Formula E regulations stipulate the standard chassis and a standard battery, while the drive technologies are developed by the manufacturers themselves. Porsche engineers were able to draw on experience from the LMP1 in developing their driveline for the Formula E. The Porsche 99X Electric also serves as a development vehicle for future fully-electric production vehicles.
“Looking back, we laid the foundation stone for Porsche’s future involvement in Formula E during the LMP1 project. We incorporated the knowledge gained during this time into the development of the Porsche Formula E powertrain. We focused on building a highly efficient powertrain with maximum efficiency,” says Malte Huneke, Technical Project Manager Formula E. The 800 Volt technology used in Formula E will also be used in Porsche’s first all-electric production sports car, the Taycan.
The first official appearance of the Porsche Formula E team will take place in mid-October 2019 at the Formula E test in Valencia (Spain). “There both Porsche 99X Electric cars with Neel Jani and André Lotterer will be used for the first time in the cockpit on the race track. From an operational point of view, this will be an exciting task for everyone involved. A good test for our first Formula E race in November,” says Lindesay.
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