Spark Formula E with Porsche 99X powertrain (2019)

2019/2020 Spark-Porsche Formula E
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Tech specs

Power in race mode  200 kW
Power in Attack mode  225 kW
Power in Fanboost mode and in qualification runs  250 kW
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph)  2.8 sec.
Top speed  174 mph/280 km/h
Battery capacity  54 kWh (52 kWh usable)
Voltage  800 V
Minimum allowed weight incl. driver  900 kg/1984 lb
Battery weight  385 kg/849 lb
Dimensions  5160 x 1770 x 1050 mm, wheelbase 3100 mm
Brakes  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 lasted 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 the series and in 2017 Porsche started to prepare for the Season 6 (2019/2020).
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.

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

Season 6 2019/20: Porsche and Mercedes will join.

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, nine months ahead of the first race start. The Spark-Porsche was driven by Neel Jani who has some experience with the Gen1 Formula E car.

2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
First steps for Porsche's Formula E car in Weissach© Porsche
2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
The strange-looking safety bar came with the Gen2 cars © Porsche
2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
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2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
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2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
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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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2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
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Neel Jani testing the 2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
Neel Jani © Porsche
Neel Jani testing the 2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
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2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
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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
2019 Porsche Formula E front wheel, brake, nose
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Andre Lotterer with 2019 Porsche Formula E
Andre Lotterer © Porsche
2019 Porsche Formula E rear end, wheel, brake,
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Racing livery

The racing livery of the Spark Formula E with Porsche 99X Electric drivetrain for the 2019/2020 season 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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Malte Huneke
Malte Huneke, Porsche Formula E Technical Project Leader © Porsche
Amiel Lindesay
Amiel Lindesay, Porsche Formula E Team Manager © Porsche

To generally learn about the Formula E series, here's the link to James Herne's article: jamesherne.com/formula-e


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