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Porsche: “Formula E is special, unique… Gen3 is a huge project for us”

Porsche introduced its all-new Porsche 99X Electric Gen3 this week following an evaluation at the Porsche Development Center in Weissach, with the covers removed at the new Porsche Experience Center in Franciacorta, Italy.

The car is the culmination of nearly two years of work for Formula E team TAG Heuer Porsche and Porsche Motorsport, with the Stuttgart-based automotive giant and legendary name in motorsport devoting significant resources to what is a flagship sports program for the company – particularly important for Porsche. is aiming for an 80% share of electric vehicles across all its on-road models sold by 2025.

“Formula E is something very special,” says Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President of Porsche Motorsport, who says competing in the world’s biggest electric racing series will accelerate the company’s transition to electric vehicles through to technology transfer. “It’s all-electric racing, and if you look around there’s no other series – no championship like this at this level; the driver line-ups, the competitiveness and the level of competition , as well as exciting races for the fans.They are the reasons we are involved.

“Our board of directors explained the importance of electrification and e-mobility for the Porsche brand, and the company has big ambitions for our road cars and electrification from 2025 to 2030.

“We don’t race for fun, racing has to be relevant. If you look at what we do on the roads, it’s clear that all-electric racing has to be part of what we do. what we’ve done throughout our history and over the last few decades – we use motorsport as a laboratory, it’s there to develop technology and take it from the race track to the road and that’s what we do with [our competition in] Formula E.

A new partnership, the expansion of the project and the Gen3 challenge

Laudenbach also spoke of the significance of Porsche’s connection to another legendary industry name in Andretti – with Avalanche Andretti Autosport set to run Porsche powertrains from Season 9. The expansion of Porsche’s footprint on the grid should help accelerate its progress, as data and information at the start of Gen3 – a key development milestone – will effectively be doubled with the track time of an additional pair of powertrains inside these Andretti cars.

“There is a new development for us in Gen3, with Andretti Autosport [using Porsche powertrains] and take two more places for Porsche power on the grid,” said Laudenbach. “We are very proud of this relationship. Andretti is a big name and brand in motorsport and we are proud that they have chosen us as their partner. In another change, we have Pascal Wehrlein back for his third year with us, of course, but we will welcome Antonio Felix da Costa. We look forward to him joining us – he’s a champion.

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