Porsche has been officially recognised by the motorsports governing body, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) as a Formula E manufacturer, which means the Weissach factory team can continue the development of its own electric powertrain which is due for homologation in 2019. Porsche will field its own entry in the sixth season of this electric powered racing series in 2019. Coincidentally, the production version of Porsche’s Mission E electric car is scheduled for launch in the same year.
In the Formula E racing series, Formula E will provide the chassis and the battery but all powertrain components are the competitors’ own developments. This move enables Porsche to source for 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. The energy efficiency of the powertrain not only plays a decisive role in a competition attracting many of the world’s most renowned car manufacturers, but it is also central to the development of road-going electric vehicles.
Porsche Vice President Fritz Enzinger, who is in charge of the Formula E Programme said, “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.”
As with the successful Le Mans Prototype 919 Hybrid project, 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 is estimated that before the end of 2022, Porsche will have invested more than six billion Euros in electric mobility.