Porsche's motorsports legacy is about to add a new chapter.
Imagine open-wheel racing with cars that look like Formula 1, but are quieter. Yet, these cars have instant torque and do not use any fuel source. They run simply on pure electricity.
This is Formula E.
Since 2014, the FIA has sanctioned this electrically-charged form of racing. It is an open-wheel format with a specific motor and gearbox format that every manufacturer must follow. It is also the marriage of traditional automobile manufacturers, technology firms and a new level of interactivity. Fans get into the race through an app that actually helps drivers and cars race better.
Races are run on street courses and are scheduled in-between Formula 1 dates. You catch the action in Mexico City on March 3, 2018, with scheduled races coming to New York City and Montreal later next year.
Porsche announced that it will participate in this pure electric form of motorsport starting in 2019. No further details as to the vehicle itself, but it will participate in a growing sport alongside other rivals involved in Formula E.
While Porsche will no longer compete in the LMP1 class in the World Endurance Championship, they will continue to compete in the GT classes in both the WEC and IMSA with our 911 RSR program.
Porsche’s tradition of racing continues. More so now as the future becomes more electric.