Neel Jani has been named as Porsche’s first ABB FIA Formula E Championship driver as the German manufacturer gears up for its maiden campaign in the all-electric series next season.
Porsche confirmed last Friday that its first driver would be announced soon, ahead of an on-track debut for its car in March.
The Swiss driver has two Formula E starts to his name after he made a brief appearance with Dragon last season.
On that occasion Jani and Dragon decided to cease their collaboration together after a difficult first event at the Hong Kong E-Prix.
“I’m very much looking forward to the new task,” said Jani.
“Being part of an entirely new Porsche Motorsport program for the second time, right from the beginning, means a lot to me.
“The technical and driving challenges are huge and our strong Formula E opponents have a significant advantage in experience. There is a lot of work ahead of us and I can’t wait for the roll-out.”
Jani has been a Porsche-contracted driver since 2013 and was part of the development team of the Porsche 919 Hybrid that went on to win a trio of both Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship titles.
He has driven for Rebellion Racing since the end of Porsche’s LMP1 Hybrid program and has also been part of the marque’s valedictory campaign for the 919 Hybrid this year.
“Without doubt, Neel is the right man for our new technologically trendsetting program,” said Fritz Enzinger, Porsche Motorsport vice president.
“Not only does he contribute speed, but he has a huge amount of single seater experience. He has already driven in Formula E and is well established in Weissach as a development driver.”