Porsche will begin dyno testing of its first ABB FIA Formula E Championship powertrain this fall as it continues to gear up for an entry into the all-electric championship in 2019.
The first-ever electric powertrain for a factory Porsche racing program has been underway as a concept project since last year after it was announced that the German manufacturer would join the series for Season Six in 2019-20.
A specific Formula E project group at Porsche has been actively researching the project since the end of last year, followed by a concept phase to build the first powertrain.
Porsche has since had to go through a waiting period until receiving confirmation of its homologation as a manufacturer was confirmed, which came last week.
As a result, the company can now be given specific Season Five car data and information in order to start the finalization and development of its first powertrain.
“Now we get the final date from the FIA to know exactly how the car will look like and this will now be used to finalize our first powertrain with the aim of putting it on the dynos in Weissach in September or October this year,” Porsche Formula E project leader Andreas Seidl told e-racing365.
“We aim to be ready for car testing next January as we will not receive parts before Jan. 1, 2019,
“We are approaching everything with a lot of respect and we are aware of the challenge that is ahead of us.
“We are going into competition with manufacturers who will have been in for five years when we enter so it will be tough but at the same time we have a good base.”
Seidl also described how the key elements of the ultra-successful Porsche LMP1 team will be utilized in the early stages of the program.
“We use now from the LMP1 program some guys that did systems, suspension and hybrid and so on, so I am optimistic that we will at least being competitive from the beginning which is obviously the target,” he said.
As well as Seidl, Fritz Enzinger, one of the significant driving forces of the LMP1 project, is also set to be an important part of the program albeit in a modified rule as the head of Volkswagen Group Motorsport.
“He is still overall looking at the entire motorsport program and my role is the same [as LMP1] and I will be in charge of running the team and plus at the moment also the technical stuff,” said Seidl.
Seidl emphasised that the Porsche Formula E program will be a bespoke factory effort.
“We will do the development and the racing from Weissach as a works team as it gives the best possible conditions to be successful in terms of making decisions and solving problems and so on,” he said.
Porsche is set to have a significant off-track presence at next month’s Berlin E-Prix.