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Dragon/Porsche Engineering Plans Dropped

The Dragon Racing team will not utilize Porsche engineers for the forthcoming Formula E season which gets underway at the Hong Kong E-Prix next month….

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Dragon Racing will not utilize Porsche engineers for the forthcoming Formula E season.

A group of engineers from the German manufacturer attended the official Valencia test last month as guests of the Jay Penske led team, with a view to agreeing a deal for Porsche employees to attend races in Season Four.

However, the deal is now known to have recently collapsed and no Porsche personnel will be on the ground with Dragon in Hong Kong next month.

“No, definitely not,” Porsche’s Andreas Seidl said in question to whether Porsche engineers would be with Dragon.

“There was a one-off possibility we had with Dragon at Valencia, and with Neel [Jani] driving there for the first time we had a look to understand a bit what Formula E means. But that’s it.”

However, Siedl confirmed that personnel from Porsche are likely to attend some races in Season Four in an independent capacity.

“I’m sure we will come by from time to time just to understand [Formula E],” he said. “But we will not be embedded in one or the other team.

“It’s more to have a global understanding, looking at the infrastructure, the facilities and so on, similar to what we did in 2013 in WEC, watching the Audi garages, what they do, to learn from it.”

It is understood that the collapse of a plan to utilize Porsche engineers for races ultimately came down to a decision taken by Dragon boss Jay Penske.

The outcome of that decision is known to have been met with some incredulity from elements within both parties.

E-racing365 understands that Dragon is considering a move to Los Angeles where Penske bases his media business PMC.

The reason for a potential move is believed to be in order for the operation to tap in to local software and EV resources associated with tech giants like Tesla and Apple.

Dragon is known to have been looking at a relocation to Silverstone, but then decided to stay at Donington Park. Plans to expand its Donington base was put on hold earlier this year.

Dragon’s Chief Technical Officer Nicolas Mauduit is known to be in the process of moving out to California in readiness for a possible transition.

The team has now completely split with the Faraday Future EV automotive concern and has recruited experienced former F1, IRL and IndyCar engineer Andy Brown to engineer Jani this season.

John Dagys contributed to this report

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 Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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