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Porsche Is Ready For Its Formula E Debut With The New 99X Electric

With Tag Heuer and Vodafone mobile onboard, the new Porsche Formula E livery is finally ready for prime time. Using a play on the current 911 RSR livery, which shows the outline of the Porsche crest when viewed from above, the tri-colored electric open cockpit racer looks pretty good. Ahead of the official pre-season test in October, Porsche unveiled the new car’s livery in a series of online photographs, as well as an interactive game on the streaming service Twitch. Both Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer are proven quantities with Porsche and in this open wheel racer. I can’t wait to see it on track!

“In hindsight, we laid the foundations for Porsche’s future involvement in Formula E during the LMP1 project. We used the insights gained during that time in the development of the Porsche Formula E powertrain. We focussed on building a highly effective powertrain with the highest level of efficiency,” says Malte Huneke, Technical Project Leader Formula E. “In recent months, we have been able to sound out the reliability of the Porsche Formula E powertrain on the racetrack and on the test bench. We are very pleased and are optimistic going into the final preparations for the first race. »

“In the coming weeks, we will focus on the performance of the Porsche 99X Electric. This is the next step on the road to the Porsche works entry in Formula E,” says Amiel Lindesay, Head of Formula E Operations. “Both Porsche 99X Electric will take to the racetrack there [Valencia for the official pre-season test] for the first time, with Neel Jani and André Lotterer in the cockpit. From an operational perspective, it will be an exciting assignment for everyone involved. A good test before we contest our first Formula E race in November. »

This marks Porsche’s return to single seater racing after more than 30 years away from the sport. Porsche launched its first hybrid racer nearly a decade ago with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid in 2010. Since then, the company has produced a number of hybrid road cars, including the 918 Spyder hypercar, as well as the record-and-championship-winning 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer. As we are on the brink of the unveiling of Porsche’s first full-EV road car, the Taycan, it is only fitting that the company is expanding its efforts into electric motorsport. Not only will they likely be instantly successful, but they will learn a lot from Formula E that will make the Taycan and future electric sports cars even better.

I, for one, welcome this new electric Porsche.


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Formule E : Porsche Tag Heuer dévoile la 99X Electric

Porsche TAG 99X

Avant son entrée dans le championnat du monde ABB FIA Formule E, Porsche dévoile sa 99X Electric ainsi que son partenaire (presque) historique. L’écurie de Formule E s’appelle officiellement « Porsche TAG Heuer Formula E Team ». Porsche et TAG, deux noms qui ont fait une page de l’histoire de la F1. Mais, ici, il s’agit de […]


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André Lotterer Joins the Porsche Formula E Team

Bringing more big-name appeal to the Formula E program, André Lotterer joins Neel Jani for Porsche’s maiden season in the growing category which starts later this year. His experience in Formula 1 and WEC prepared him well for the technical understanding and multitasking needed to excel in this highly complicated format. To turn quick laps while adjusting all manner of electric motor parameters is what’s required of a Formula E driver, and now he has a car to match his talent.

Lotterer is one of those versatile divers who manages to perform in whichever category they choose. A childhood of karting followed by an adolescence spent in formula cars earned him a role as an F1 test driver in 2002. He then left Europe to compete on Japanese soil in Super GT and Formula Nippon (now Super Formula), where he was immensely successful, then returned to race with Porsche in its WEC program in 2009. Since then, he’s won Le Mans thrice, Super GT twice, Formula Nippon twice, and a WEC title. That level of success in so many top-tier teams, as well as the ability to speak five languages, makes him a strong fit into any category.

Breaking into Formula E

He set his sights on a full season in Formula E in 2017. Techeetah gave him his first stab at the series that year, he achieved two podiums and placed eighth overall. He repeated the same performance for the 2018 season with DS Techeetah, and for the 2019 season, he’s moved into Porsche’s Formula E team.

With nearly two decades of professional racing experience, much of which he spent with Porsche, Lotterer will not have much difficulty adjusting to his new environment. With his ability to drive anything quickly, plenty of experience with complex cars, a bigger budget to play with, and four podiums in Formula E, his future in this series is bright.


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The 2020 Porsche Taycan Makes An Appearance At The Formula E Finale In New York City

We are about 2 months away from the official launch of Porsche’s first all electric street car, the Taycan. In the lead up to the car’s official public unveiling, Porsche trotted one out to Brooklyn, New York to give potential consumers and EV heads a look at the thing. Porsche has already signed Neel Jani to drive the company’s Formula E racer in the 2019/20 season, and he was on hand to give the Taycan a proper flogging.

Jani on the drive: « Like our Formula E car, it has a Porsche drivetrain that is designed for performance and reliability. No matter whether it is a racing car or a series-production model, it is extremely important to drive many miles in the test phase and to gain experience with the vehicle.”

This is the Taycan’s final appearance as a « prototype » following similar events in China and Great Britain.


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Formule E-transferts : Lotterer passe chez Porsche

La rumeur courait depuis quelques temps mais c’est désormais un secret de polichinelle, même en attendant l’officialisation : le pilote Allemand André Lotterer passera de DS Techeetah à Porsche lors de la prochaine saison de Formule E, qui verra l’arrivée de la firme de Weissach. Pilote expérimenté et complet, victorieux aussi bien en Endurance (triple […]


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