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Audi/Porsche Link-Up Possible

Potential plans for a technical and operational collaboration between Audi and Porsche in Formula E are set to be discussed…

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Potential plans for a technical and operational collaboration between Audi and Porsche in Formula E are set to be discussed in a meeting between the two German racing giants.

Porsche, which will enter Formula E in 2019, has already begun formulating its program after its ultra-successful LMP1 program in the FIA World Endurance Championship drew to a close earlier this month.

e-racing365 has learned that discussions on the future strategic alignment plans of the VW Group-related brands are set to take place imminently.

Porsche and Audi raced against each other for three seasons in the WEC between 2014 and 2016 and are set to renew its battle in Season Six of Formula E upon Porsche’s arrival, with Audi to make its first start as a factory team in Hong Kong this weekend.

Audi Head of Motorsport Dieter Gass confirmed to e-racing365 that discussions between the two VW Group brands will take place.

“If you look at the group and you compete in one championship you need to discuss possible collaborations,” said Gass.

“I don’t think we should have the WEC experience again when you are fighting each other, so we are going to have some discussions very soon.

“From a group perspective, it definitely makes sense [to collaborate].”

Gass was unclear how detailed any such collaboration might be and would not be pressed on any specifics of commonality of parts or shared development of future programs.

“If and when it is going to happen, this is a different question on how it can be done,” he said.

“So far, what I have heard from the Porsche side is that they have really started from a clean sheet of paper and they want to do their own project, so a discussion still has to happen.”

The remote possibility that Porsche could accelerate its Formula E plans and come to the championship a year ahead of schedule with a customer Audi powertrain was deemed “not realistic” by Gass.

“This discussion would need to happen very, very quickly,” he said. “If it was to happen, and we haven’t had any communication on this, then it would have to take place very soon.

“But it is not really realistic to think about this really as you need to have it signed and agreed at the end of January.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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