Andre Lotterer has been confirmed as a Porsche Formula E driver, switching from DS Techeetah and joining Neel Jani at the German manufacturer for its debut season.
The three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner already held a motorsport contract with Porsche dating back to 2016 when he joined its now-defunct LMP1 program.
The announcement brings to an end the protracted discussions and decisions made for Lotterer to join Jani in the Porsche team after two seasons with 2018-19 teams’ champion Techeetah.
“I have been part of the Porsche family since 2017 and have lots of great memories of joint successes – particularly when working with Neel,” said Lotterer.
“We drove together in the Porsche LMP1 Team in 2017, and drove for Rebellion Racing in the WEC these past two years. It’s great that we will now be the driver pairing for the Porsche Formula E Team.”
E-racing365 understands that Lotterer decided to accept Porsche’s offer the week after the Bern E-Prix while the extrication from his DS Techeetah 2019-20 deal was concluded a short time after.
Lotterer, who finished eighth in the Formula E points in both seasons with his former team, is expected to get his first track experience of the Porsche Gen 2 car later this month.
Jani has already conducted testing and development of the car, having signed on for the 2019-20 season in December last year.
“Signing Andre for the second Porsche Formula E cockpit is definitely the right choice,” said Head of Porsche Motorsport Fritz Enzinger.
“He has been a Porsche works driver for three years and knows the team and Neel really well. And we can only benefit from the experience that Andre will bring from the past two Formula E seasons.”
Porsche is also expected to utilize a third driver for its Formula E program in a reserve and development role.
Brendon Hartley, who has tested the Porsche FE car in recent months, is one option, although the Kiwi will need to secure a new factory contract as his current deal expires at the end of this year.