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Hartley Involved in Porsche Formula E Development

Brendon Hartley confirms he’s working on new Porsche Formula E car development…

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Brendon Hartley has revealed he will be part of Porsche’s development work for its first ABB FIA Formula E Championship car.

The Kiwi confirmed on Twitter that he is “still together with Porsche and part of FE development”, alongside other commitments with Ferrari and SMP Racing.

Porsche is currently developing its first all-electric race car ahead of its Formula E debut in Season Six, which is expected to get underway in December this year.

Hartley will balance his development work with his role as sim driver for Ferrari in Formula 1, as well as competing in the next two FIA World Endurance Championship races with SMP Racing in place of Jenson Button.

He has been a Porsche-contracted driver for several seasons and was part of its successful LMP1 program, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017 and the WEC title in 2015 and 2017.

He is understood to be in contention for the second Porsche Formula E seat, along with Mitch Evans and Andre Lotterer.

However, as reported by e-racing365 earlier this week, it’s expected that Porsche would prefer a driver with Gen 2 Formula E experience in its second car, which could rule Hartley out.

His teammate will be Neel Jani, who was announced in December and will undertake the lion’s share of development work.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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