Charging ahead

Porsche's entry into Formula E gets the official seal of approval

3y ago

Motorsport's omniscient overlord, the FIA, has just accepted Porsche's application to enter Formula E as an official manufacturer. This nod from the top means our engineers in Weissach can knuckle down to developing the factory's own electric powertrain, due for homologation in 2019.

As with the successful 919 Hybrid project, former LMP Team Principal Andreas Seidl will be responsible for the technical development and the execution of the Formula E programme. "The possibilities and performance of electric cars have been a central topic at Porsche for quite a while," Seidl points out. "The deeper our engineers get into the topic, the more fascinating the solutions become. We can't wait to receive our first vehicle in early 2019 and to test our own powertrain in it. The Gen2 racer, which was unveiled by Formula E in Geneva in early March, is very well executed."

It's an unprecedented process for Porsche, with its long history of self-sufficient, in-house development, both on road and racetrack. Formula E will provide a readymade chassis and battery, leaving Porsche to create the powertrain and electrical systems. But this still allows it to explore bespoke solutions for key technologies such as the electric motor, inverter, brake-by-wire system, transmission, differential, driveshafts, monocoque and the suspension components attached to the rear-axle, as well as the cooling system and ECU.

True to its history of racing in order to improve its road cars, it is also anticipated that this rapid and intricate development work will pay major dividends for Porsche's future passenger vehicles. The entry into Formula E in 2019 neatly coincides with the market launch of the production version of Mission E. This car, the first all-electric Porsche, will be the most sporting and technologically-advanced car in its class.

VP of LMP1, Fritz Enzinger, who will head up the new Formula E programme, expressed his excitement at the prospect of entering this increasingly competitive and dynamic race series: "Over the past few years, the FIA and Alejandro Agag have done a fantastic job. It is due to this development that we will be able to compete on the race track against many of the world's largest car manufacturers."

It's another new horizon for Porsche Motorsport and we can't wait to get there.

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Comments (3)

  • Ok. Lets see what they can do

      3 years ago
  • Formula e is going to be a huge manufacturer battle ground.

      3 years ago
  • Best of luck guys. It can only go well.

      3 years ago