Spark Formula E with Porsche 99X powertrain (2019)

2019/2020 Spark-Porsche Formula E
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Tech specs

Power in qualification250 kW
Power in race200 kW
Power in race, Attack mode235 kW
Power in race, Fanboost mode250 kW
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph)2.8 sec.
Top speed  174 mph/280 km/h
Battery capacity54 kWh (52 kWh usable)
Voltage800 V
Minimum allowed weight incl. driver900 kg/1984 lb
Battery weight385 kg/849 lb
Dimensions5160 x 1770 x 1050 mm, wheelbase 3100 mm
Brakes (in addition to motor braking)  Brembo carbon discs, 278 mm front, 263 mm rear

Formula E is the world’s first purely electric racing series and was launched on the 2014/15 season. The FIA, which is also responsible for Formula 1, has organised the series to make a statement in favour of electromobility and to get more young people excited about motorsport. Unlike most other series, the season begins in the autumn and ends in summer. The race venues are specially designed street courses in the heart of major cities, meaning the sport comes to the spectators – and not the other way around. Electromobility is playing an important role in the mobility, especially in urban environments.

Season 1 2014/15: For the first season all teams used the Spark-Renault SRT_01E car designed as collaboration between Spark Racing Technology, McLaren Electronic Systems, Williams Advanced Engineering, Dallara and Renault. Although every race lasts for less than an hour, the batteries could not last that much in full racing mode, so the drivers had to come to the pits to change their cars (every driver had 2 cars). The car change was very cool to watch.
Season 2 2015/16: Audi joined through ABT team, others manufacturers were Renault, Citroen, Mahindra, NextEV (Nio).
Season 3 2016/17: Jaguar joined
Season 4 2017/18: no changes
Season 5 2018/19: Spark provided the teams with new gen2 Formula E cars. The cars now had double the energy and range, making the car change obsolete. BMW joined as a factory team. The team count is now 11.

2018 Spark Formula E
Formula E car for the 2018/2019 season developed by Spark Racing Technology

All teams have the same cars and batteries, but powertrains are created by the teams. Porsche rolled the Formula E test car out to the track in Weissach on March 5, 2019.

Malte Huneke
Malte Huneke, Porsche Formula E Technical Project Leader © Porsche
Amiel Lindesay
Amiel Lindesay, Porsche Formula E Team Manager © Porsche
2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
First steps of Porsche's Formula E drivetrain in Weissach© Porsche
2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
The strange-looking safety bar came with the Gen2 Formula E cars © Porsche
2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
Naked carbon-fibre looks good on a racing car © Porsche
2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
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2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
Don't get it wrong - the car is not a Porsche, it's a Spark with Porsche powertrain © Porsche
2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
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Neel Jani testing the 2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
Porsche Formula E driver Neel Jani © Porsche
2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
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2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
The brakes are small as most of the braking is done with the electric motor-generator unit to harvest some power © Porsche
Andre Lotterer with 2019 Porsche Formula E
André Lotterer in front of a white car before the livery was decided © Porsche

The racing livery of the Spark Formula E with Porsche 99X Electric drivetrain was unveiled on August 28, 2019.

2019/2020 Spark-Porsche Formula E
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2019/2020 Spark-Porsche Formula E
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2019/2020 Spark-Porsche Formula E
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2019/2020 Spark-Porsche Formula E
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2019/2020 Spark-Porsche Formula E
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2019/2020 Spark-Porsche Formula E
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2019/2020 Spark-Porsche Formula E
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2019/2020 Spark-Porsche Formula E
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Scoring system

Qualification winner: 3 points
1st place 25 p, 2nd 18 p, 3rd 15 p, 4th 12 p, 5th 10 p, 6th 8 p, 7th 6 p, 8th 4 p, 9th 2 p, 10th 1 point
Fastest lap: 1 point

Considering the races are held on narrow street circuits, the qualification result is very important for the race result. In addition to crashes, the order of the race cars might be shuffled thanks to the 2 Attack Modes every driver has in a race. The Attack Mode is a 4 minute period with power boosted. In addition to that there is the FanBoost system. The 5 drivers who manage to get the biggest number of fans to use the Formula E app, will get their cars bumped up to 250 kW for 5 seconds during the second half of the race. Voting for the favourite drivers starts 6 days prior to the race and ends 15 minutes into the race.


Season 6 2019/2020

News of the season are that the Attack Mode power is up from 225 to 235 kW and HWA racing team was formed into Mercedes-Benz racing team. Porsche joined the carousel as the 12th team. Every team has two cars, so the number of drivers is 24.

2019 November 22, Diriyah, Formula E, Porsche 99X Electric, Andre Lotterer
2019 November 22, Diriyah race 1, André Lotterer in #36© Porsche

Thanks to good driving and misfortune of others, André Lotterer managed to bring unbelievable second place to the Porsche Formula E team in the first race.

2019 November 22, Diriyah, Formula E, Race 1 podium, Andre Lotterer (2nd), Sam Bird (1st)
2019 November 22, Diriyah race 1 podium: happy André Lotterer on second place, winner Sam Bird on the right© Porsche
2019 November 23, Diriyah, Formula E race 2
2019 November 23, Diriyah race 2, André Lotterer in #36© Porsche

Diriyah's 2nd race results changed a lot after post race penalties to Max Günther, André Lotterer, Felipe Massa, Mitch Evans, Nyck De Vries, Qing Hua Ma, mostly for undertaking during safety car period. Oliver Turvey was disqualified for using energy over the regulatory limit. André Lotterer, who finished 6th, later received 14th place and Neel Jani rised from 17th to 13th place thanks to many drivers dropping past him after penalties.

Points Driver Team (technology) Diriyah
Nov 22
Diriyah
Nov 23
Santiago
Jan 18
Mexico
Feb 15
Marrakesh
Feb 29
Sanya
Mar 21
Rome
Apr 4
Paris
Apr 18
Seoul
May 3
Jakarta
Jun 6
Berlin
Jun 21
NYC
Jul 11
London
Jul 25
London
Jul 26
35Alexander SimsBMW3+43+25
30Stoffel VandoorneMercedes-Benz1515
26Sam BirdVirgin (Audi)260
22Oliver RowlandNissan1210
18André LottererPorsche180
18Lucas Di GrassiAudi018
18Edoardo MortaraVenturi (Mercedes-Benz)612
10Robin FrijnsVirgin (Audi)100
8Nyck De VriesMercedes-Benz80
8Daniel AbtAudi08
6James CaladoJaguar06
4Jean-Éric VergneDS Techeetah (Citroen)04
3António Félix Da CostaDS Techeetah (Citroen)01+2
2Brendon HartleyDragon (Penske)02
2Jérôme D'AmbrosioMahindra20
2Mitch EvansJaguar20
0Neel JaniPorsche00
0Felipe MassaVenturi (Mercedes-Benz)00
0Max GüntherBMW00
0Nico MüllerDragon (Penske)00
0Oliver TurveyNio00
0Pascal WehrleinMahindra00
0Qing Hua MaNio00
0Sébastien BuemiNissan00


Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com


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