Porsche Formula E car successfully made its first kilometers
Porsche is getting ready for the next season of Formula E. The German manufacturer is testing its Formula E car and their works driver Neel Jani completed the first kilometers at Porsche‘s testing ground in Weissach yesterday.
The first drive with the newly developed fully electric Porsche powertrain passed without incident. It provided valuable findings, which will help the motorsport engineers prepare the car for the first Formula E race in the course of intense testing over the next few months.
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport, said: “The newly developed Porsche powertrain for Formula E completed its baptism of fire. It is an important day for everyone involved in this project. Many thanks to everyone who has poured their heart and soul into the construction of the powertrain and car in recent months and made this successful rollout possible. We still have a lot of work to do on the road to our works entry in Formula E, but an important initial step has been taken. Now we will be fully focussed as we continue to work on familiarising ourselves with the particular challenges of Formula E.”
Amiel Lindesay, Team Manager, added: “We know that we will face very tough competition in Formula E, which to some extent has more experience than us. This makes it even more important for us that we have taken the next step in development with the rollout. With each additional test, we will gain new insights and optimise the performance of the car.”
Neel Jani said after the test: “I am very proud to have been behind the wheel the first time our Formula E racing car was driven. Being allowed to drive the rollout is not only a great honour, it is also very exciting. We’re breaking new ground. It was a fantastic feeling for me. Everyone in the team feels it: The project is really gaining momentum now. We didn’t push it to the limit during the rollout, but the powertrain and the car made a very good first impression overall. I can’t wait to get back to testing.”