Formula E with Porsche powertrain (2019)

2019 Formula E with Porsche drivetrain
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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  150 mph/240 km/h
Battery capacity  54 kWh
Voltage  900 V

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 its first test car out to the track in Weissach on March 5, 2019. The car was driven by Neel Jani who has some experience with the Gen1 Formula E car.

The first race for Porsche in Formula E will be in December 2019, so Porsche engineers have 9 months to hone the components and durability.

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
Don't get it wrong - the car is not a Porsche, just its electric 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 usual brakes are small as most of the braking is done with the electric motors to harvest some power © Porsche
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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