Porsche have become the latest manufacturer to sign up for the third generation of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
After Nissan announced their intentions earlier this week, Porsche have become the fourth manufacturer to commit to the all-electric series’ future. Back in December Mahindra were the first, and DS followed suit just before the current season started in February.
Porsche joined the series for season 6 and took two podiums as well as a pole position in their first year. The German manufacturer believes that Formula E is the best place for them to learn and develop energy efficiency and sustainability in high-performance vehicles.
“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. ” said Porsche Motorsport’s Vice President and Group Motorsport Volkswagen AG’s Senior Vice President, Fritz Enzinger.
“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.”
Gen3 will see ultra-fast-charging pit stops introduced, with cars being given up to 600kW during them, while the cars themselves will be lighter, more powerful and have much more efficient regenerative braking.
“Ahead of another important technical milestone for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship,” said FIA President, Jean Todt. “I’m glad that Porsche has committed to the next era. Being lighter, more powerful, with faster charging, the Gen3 race car will further establish the discipline as the pinnacle of electric racing.
“It’s also the confirmation that Formula E is the right platform to promote manufacturers expertise in electrification and demonstrate our shared commitment to more sustainable mobility solutions.”
While Jamie Reigle, Formula E’s CEO, is happy to see Porsche commit to the series and believes they will be a driving force going forward.
“We are delighted that Porsche is committed to a long-term partnership with Formula E,” said Reigle. “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.”