Few words go together like Porsche and motorsport. Throughout its history, Porsche has competed in nearly every category, and won at least once. Indy cars, Formula 1, GTE, Rally Racing; if it exists, Porsche has competed in it, with two exceptions. The first being Formula E and the second being NASCAR; but I think it’s safe to say that we won’t see Brad Keslowski sporting a Porsche Panamera stock car anytime soon. Formula E however, that’s a different story.
It’s no secret that Porsche is becoming a key player in the electric car scene. With the emergence of the Porsche Taycan, along with hybrid monsters like the 918 Spyder and the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, it was only a matter of time before Porsche Motorsport got involved; it seems that time has come because Porsche has just revealed that they will be competing in Formula E racing.
Porsche’s path towards world domination has been divided into different eras. You had the Le Mans era, the rallying era, etc. It seems that whatever is popular at the time, Porsche gets involved with it. Most recently, it was LMP1 racing with the Porsche 919. Formula E racing is filling in the gap that retiring from LMP1 has left behind, as Porsche announced it will completely withdraw from that class of racing and focus on Formula E instead.
This was likely done because as we all know, the racetrack is the ultimate testing ground for new technology. Tech we take for granted like carbon monocoque chassis’, active aero, and carbon ceramic brakes all bloomed from racing. It only makes sense now that Formula E is becoming the new proving ground for emerging electric car technology.
Yesterday however, Porsche took the next step, and officially revealed its Formula E car, and it looks stunning, very Porsche-ish as well. Being a new racecar, specifications are unannounced but based on Formula E regulations, expect a sub 3 second 0-60 time and about 335 hp, and since this is Porsche, expect many future wins as well.
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