Director Factory Motorsport Formula E
He thrives on such challenges. Adding Formula E victories and titles to Porsche’s illustrious motorsport history – Florian Modlinger aims to achieve this goal with the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. Born in the town of Friedberg in 1981, the Bavarian joined Porsche in January 2022 as the Director Factory Motorsport Formula E.
Modlinger is well qualified for this role with his vast experience in motorsport. In 2010, he worked for the Maserati customer squads Triple H and Vitaphone Racing Team as the race engineer and technical director – and won the driver and team titles in the FIA GT1 World Championship. In November 2010, he moved to BMW Motorsport as an aerodynamicist/development and track aero engineer. Winning the championship titles for drivers, teams and manufacturers at BMW’s comeback to the DTM in 2012 marked a highlight.
In 2013, he clinched the DTM drivers’ championship as a test engineer with Audi Sport. The following year, he added the manufacturers’ title to his list of successes. In 2016, Florian Modlinger was promoted to DTM race and test operations manager, but continued as Mattias Ekström’s race engineer and also took over the technical management of the EKS-WRX project. It turned into one of the most successful years of his career with the driver and team titles in the FIA World Rallycross Championship as well as the DTM team and manufacturers’ titles.
The following season brought the next step up the career ladder: As technical director of the Audi Sport DTM project, he was jointly responsible for Audi’s best DTM season in years, sweeping the pool with driver, team and manufacturer titles in 2017. On 1 January 2018, Florian Modlinger joined ABT Sportsline as the technical director. With the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E Team, he won the team championship after a sensational charge up the rankings. In 2020, ABT Sportsline celebrated the fifth DTM team championship title in its history.
Florian Modlinger has high expectations for his first season with Porsche. “Looking at it from the outside, the team has made great progress,” he says. “The goals are very clearly to achieve consistently strong performances and win races.”
Technical Project Leader Formula E
Martin Füchtner studied vehicle and engine technology, as well as aerospace engineering, at the University of Stuttgart between 2000 and 2006. During that time, he established contact with Porsche as a student trainee and on an internship at Porsche Cars Australia in Sydney. After finishing his diploma thesis in 2006, he initially worked in the sports car manufacturer’s Powertrain Advance Development department, on the electrification of various projects, including the 918 Spyder and other hybrid prototypes. When Porsche started preparing to return to the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans with the 919 Hybrid, he was involved from the word go as team leader with responsibility for development of the hybrid system. The project was a total success – between 2015 and 2017, Porsche won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, as well as the Manufacturer and Driver titles in the WEC. Füchtner then moved overseas again, to Porsche Motorsport North America, where he developed a technology and business model for his second passion – vintage motorsport. Since the start of the Formula E project with the Porsche 99X Electric, Füchtner has been responsible for developing the fully-electric powertrain. He took on the role of Technical Project Leader Formula E at the start of the 2020/2021 season.
Director of Team Management & Business Relations at Porsche Motorsport
Carlo Wiggers made his way through different corporate roles, starting his career at BMW. Born in Cologne, he moved to the UK at the age of 26, working as Motorsport Executive for BMW UK. In 2005 Wiggers was offered the role as Project Manager Formula BMW in Munich, which he did for the next three years. In 2007 the German took on the role as Head of Commercial & Touring Car Affairs at BMW Motorsport before he joined the Motorsport Marketing team at BMW AG in 2011. After two years of leading the BMW Motorsport marketing department and its DTM duties, Wiggers joined Porsche in 2013. As Head of Team Management LMP1, Wiggers fondly remembers the success of winning Le Mans three times in a row (2015-2017). In his new role as Director Team Management & Business Relations Porsche Motorsport, Wiggers has been responsible for various team and business aspects within GT sport and Formula E since the beginning of 2019.