Competitive factor: The Porsche powertrain for Formula E
The development of the powertrain for the first Porsche Formula E car is entering the final phase. The sports car manufacturer based in Stuttgart will enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in November.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) will perform the homologation this summer. After this, no further changes may be made to the drive components for Season 6. The continuous infographic series “Road to Formula E” shows the current state of play.
The development of the powertrain is central to Porsche’s works entry, and is a decisive competitive factor. In terms of cost control, Formula E provides the car chassis and the standard battery, whereas all drive components are the manufacturers’ individual concepts which means Porsche can go its own way when it comes to developing key technologies. These include electric engine, inverter, brake-by-wire system, transmission, differential, driveshafts and the suspension components attached to the rear-axle, as well as the cooling system and control unit.
Malte Huneke (Technical Project Leader): “Since building the Porsche Formula E car in January, we have made major progress in both development and testing. We can continue to optimise its components up until the homologation to ensure that we are perfectly prepared for our maiden Formula E season. The simulation work is particularly helpful in, say, optimising energy management. However, the actual conditions only prevail at a racetrack. For example, it is not possible to simulate driving over kerbs completely accurately in the simulator or on the test bench. Tyre management and braking behaviour are also best researched at the racetrack. We are right on schedule: with extensive test drives at the racetracks, continuous work in the simulator and tests on the test bench. We gain important data and insights for the development
Fourth race in Berlin (DE), fourth top-ten result for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. André Lotterer (DE) once again displayed some great fighting spirit as he drove the #36 Porsche 99X Electric from 18th on the grid to finish in eighth position.
The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team has continued the 2019/20 season with another top-ten result. At the seventh race of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Berlin (DE), André Lotterer (DE) crossed the line in ninth place in the #36 Porsche 99X Electric.
The grand season finale of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship gets underway on Wednesday, with the first of six races in Berlin. In the third and final episode of the ‘Challenge Berlin’ series, Helmut Fink, Jani and Lotterer’s trainer, gives insights into the two Porsche works drivers’ sporting and mental preparations.
The long-awaited finale of the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship is just a few days away. After five months without racing, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is highly motivated ahead of its trip to Berlin-Tempelhof (DE), where six races between 5th and 13th August will decide the outcome of the Team and Driver Championships.