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Porsche Readies for Early 2019 Test Program

Porsche to begin testing, development next January ahead of Formula E entry…

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Porsche is set to begin a testing and development phase in early 2019 as it gets into a state of readiness for its first ABB FIA Formula E Championship campaign.

Andreas Seidl, Porsche’s Director of Race Operations for its Formula E project, has said that the German manufacturer will begin testing shortly after it takes delivery of its new kit in January 2019.

“We are all excited about it here at Porsche and can hardly wait for receiving our first Formula E car at the beginning of 2019 for our first tests with the Porsche Team,” Seidl told e-racing365.

“I personally really like it, and I will like it even more once the full Porsche livery is on and the Porsche powertrain is installed.”

Manufacturers are granted 21 private testing days between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1 of the year in which they officially enter the championship.

This total includes six ‘filming days’ of which three can be a maximum of three days on track.

Seidl, who is using 2018 to form the Porsche Formula E team, says that the new Formula E car to be used for the fifth, sixth and seventh Formula E seasons is a “big step forward in terms of technology.”

“I really like the look,” explained Seidl. “Big congratulations to Alejandro Agag, Jean Todt and their teams on the fantastic new car.

“I have to admit I liked it straight away once Alejandro was showing me this new car first time on his mobile phone and now seeing it live in Geneva I like it even more. It is a big step forward in terms of technology which is installed.

“It is clearly different from any other formula car which is around and at the same time it looks quite futuristic which is what Formula E stands for.”

Porsche is set to keep many of the staff that worked on the manufacturer’s ultra-successful FIA World Endurance Championship program from 2014-17.

Former LMP1 team manager Amiel Lindesay has already visited a Formula E race this season at Santiago, while other key staff are expected to be on-site at other races this season.

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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