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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Porsche Formula E Team

Porsche hasn’t entered in open-wheel racing as a constructor in decades, or even as an engine supplier since the 1990s. Indeed, Porsche’s last appearances as either in Formula 1 were in 1962 and 1991 respectively. The brand withdrew as an engine supplier from Indycar a year earlier in 1991. While Porsche’s role in Formula E will be somewhat different, as all teams use the same Spark-supplied chassis and McLaren-supplied battery pack, what Porsche brings to the table is an extraordinary level of driver experience, and electric motor racing engineering experience.

For our audience, the two drivers transitioning to Formula E really need no introduction. Most of us have been watching Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer move from success to success in endurance racing for the better part of a decade. Jani and Lotterer will be collectively the oldest drivers on the grid at 35 and 37 years old.

Of the pair, Lotterer brings the most Formula E experience, having run the full 2018-19 season with DS Techeetah. His 2018-19 season saw him on the podium twice, and he ended the season in 8th position of the 22 drivers who ran the majority of the season.

Lotterer and Jani in Open Wheel Racing

It is worth recapping Lotterer’s history with open wheel cars. Like many drivers he worked up through the lower Formulae, including championship wins in Formula BMW Junior and ADAC. Numerous seasons in Formula Nippon and Super Formula peaked with a 2011 championship win in Formula Nippon. Lotterer also served as a test driver during Jaguar’s short-lived foray into Formula 1 in the early 2000s.

Lotterer is joined by Neel Jani, who has served as one of Porsche’s Formula E test drivers alongside Bandon Hartley and Simona De Silvestro. Like Lotterer, Jani began in open wheel cars, with early professional forays into Formula Renault and the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup, the Swiss A1 Grand Prix series, as well as acting as a reserve driver in Formula 1, and competing in a season of ChampCar stateside. Jani holds a championship win in the A1 Grand Prix series, as well as a podium finish in ChampCar.

Both drivers have proven competitive right from the outset in virtually every series they’ve entered in prior to Formula E. This combination is sure to show Porsche as a power player in their inaugural season, bringing a pair of deeply experienced and successful drivers to the sport’s rapidly evolving field.

I’m getting excited for the upcoming season.


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Porsche Taps Simona de Silvestro For Formula E Squad Development Role

There are very few racers in the world who can put « Porsche Works Driver » on their CV. That privilege is limited to perhaps no more than a few dozen racing drivers throughout history. Today Simona de Silvestro can call herself a works driver for the Porsche Formula E squad, netting a testing and development role to assist Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer in the team’s first FE season which starts later this fall. The Swiss racer is, by my count, the first female Porsche factory racer in the company’s history.

Simona has a long history of open-wheel motorsport, kicking off her pro career in Formula Renault and Formula BMW before jumping into Atlantics, which springboarded a career in Indycar, where she had 68 race starts. Near the end of the 2014-15 season of Formula E, she came on board with the Andretti team where she raced 12 races before getting signed to race for Nissan in the Australian V8 Supercars series. She’s been racing in the Antipodes ever since, but has kept a toe in the Formula E pool, running as a test driver for Susie Wolff’s Venturi team.

It’s fair to say that she will be prepared to take on the challenge that Porsche’s 99X Formula E car. The hope is that she will allow the car to be at its very best in a quasi-spec series where setup and infinitesimally small changes can make all the difference.

Porsche have also announced a promotion for Porsche Young Driver Thomas Preining to a test role with the Formula E team, as well as a full time endurance racing role in FIA WEC GTE-AM with Gulf Racing, and ADAC GT Masters with Herbert Motorsport.

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Porsche Motorsport and Group Motorsport Volkswagen AG): “In Simona and Thomas, we have acquired two proven talents for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. Simona comes with a wealth of experience gained in various different race series and is also a familiar face in Formula E. We are looking forward to working with her and welcome her to the Porsche family. Thomas has been with us since 2017, during which time he has demonstrated his talent in GT racing on numerous occasions. With the Formula E programme, we are giving Simona and Thomas the opportunity to develop as drivers and to make a positive contribution to the Porsche Formula E project.”

Simona De Silvestro (Porsche works driver): “It is a great honor to work for this prestigious brand. I am really looking forward to my new role as test and development driver for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. Over the last few years, I have gained a lot of experience from my previous involvements in Formula E. I will do my best to help Porsche on the road to success.”


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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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