Neel Jani completed the first rollout of Porsche’s Formula E car at the manufacturer’s Weissach base on Tuesday, continuing the electric car’s development process.
It was the first run for Porsche’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship contender which will debut in the 2019-20 season, expected to get underway in December.
Jani is currently the only driver confirmed for the program, and is therefore undertaking the majority of development work while Porsche chooses its second driver.
“I am very proud to have been behind the wheel the first time our Formula E racing car was driven,” commented Jani.
“Being allowed to drive the rollout is not only a great honor, it is also very exciting. We’re breaking new ground. It was a fantastic feeling for me.
“Everyone in the team feels it: The project is really gaining momentum now.
“We didn’t push it to the limit during the rollout, but the powertrain and the car made a very good first impression overall. I can’t wait to get back to testing.”
Porsche Motorsport Vice President Fritz Enzinger added: “Many thanks to everyone who has poured their heart and soul into the construction of the powertrain and car in recent months and made this successful rollout possible.
“We still have a lot of work to do on the road to our works entry in Formula E, but an important initial step has been taken.
“Now we will be fully focussed as we continue to work on familiarising ourselves with the particular challenges of Formula E.”