Porsche Formula E 2019
In 2017 Porsche started to prepare for the Formula E 2019/2020 racing season.
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 of tomorrow, 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.
Season 2 2015/16: Audi joined through ABT team. The others manufacturers are Renault, Citroen, Mahindra, NextEV (Nio).
Season 3 2016/17: Jaguar joined
Season 4 2017/18
Season 5 2018/19: next generation Formula E cars with double the energy and range. BMW will join the game as a factory team.
Season 6 2019/20: Porsche and Mercedes will join
All teams have the same cars and batteries, but drivetrains are created by the teams.
Although every race lasts for less than an hour, the batteries cannot last that much in full racing mode, so the drivers have to come to the pits to change their cars (every driver has 2 cars). The car change is very cool to watch, but next gen Formula E cars will make that obsolete from Season 6 starting in the end of 2018.
To generally learn about the Formula E series, here's the link to James Herne's article: jamesherne.com/formula-e