Drivers Pascal Wehrlein and three-time Le Mans winner André Lotterer will represent Porsche in this year’s Formula E Championship Season 9 as the German marque commits to the Gen3 era.
Following a 30-year hiatus from single-seater racing, the Porsche returned to the discipline by joining the Season 6 Formula E grid in 2019, securing a podium in its first ever E-Prix race.
Formula E and the FIA are together shaping the Gen3 era to focus on increasing vehicle performance and efficiency, with faster and lighter cars set to make an appearance, alongside faster charging applications and cost control measures.
“We are delighted that Porsche is committed to a long-term partnership with Formula E,” explained Jamie Reigle, the chief executive officer of Formula E. “Porsche’s presence within Formula E is immense and they’ve demonstrated they will be a driving force in our development. We’re looking forward to collaborating on Gen3, with the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship remaining a proving ground for their next generation of race-to-road electric vehicle technology.”
Fritz Enzinger, vice president of Porsche Motorsport and senior vice president of Group Motorsport at Volkswagen, commented “The new racing car generation Gen3 opens the next chapter in the success story of Formula E. And we want to be part of it. With our entry in 2019, we made a clear commitment to Formula E. From our point of view, it offers the most competitive environment to advance the development of high-performance vehicles with a focus on eco-friendliness, energy efficiency and sustainability.
“The previous season confirmed this, despite the raft of pandemic-related restrictions. The successes in our debut season with two podiums and a pole position are just the beginning. It was important for us that the DNA of Formula E, which has made the championship so successful, was preserved. That’s happened. At the same time, we see potential to take Formula E to the next level from a sporting and technological point of view. So we regard it as an interesting challenge to actively shape the successful future of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and thereby to give electric mobility another boost on a global level. We look forward to the new Formula E era.”
By CALLUM BROOK-JONES