Porsche continues preparations for Formula E

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German manufacturer Porsche is continuing preparations for its first race in pure electric racing, since officially announcing a works entry in the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E world championship in April 2018.

Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said, “When the Porsche board of management made the decision to enter Formula E in 2019/2020, we started to chart our course. When I look back over recent months, I am very proud of what we have achieved within the team.

Ahead of the new season, the sports car manufacturer has already hit a number of key milestones. In October last year, the OEM began work on the test bench, before revealing Neel Jani as its first driver. Since then, Porsche has received and assembled its first car.

The first roll-out took place in March at the Weissach research center. The Formula E car has also now completed an extensive test program, including a run of 10,000km at Circuit de Calafat in Spain.

“We have successfully completed the first steps,” added Enzinger. “The first test phase for the Porsche powertrain on the test bench, the announcement of Neel Jani as the first driver, the construction of the Porsche Formula E car, rolling this out on the test track in Weissach and completing more than 1,000km of testing at Circuit Calafat in Spain. We still have plenty to do before the works entry in Formula E, but we are confident that we are on the right track.”

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