Porsche sent a small delegation of senior motorsport staff to get a feel for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Berlin last weekend.
Mark Webber, former LMP1 team principal Andreas Seidl and Head of Group Motorsport Fritz Enzinger were all on hand to get a taste of the all-electric series at the Berlin E-Prix on Saturday.
The manufacturer will join the championship in Season Six, which will begin in Dec. 2019.
Nevertheless, its preparations for the program are already well underway.
Porsche will receive its Gen 2 car in January and must have it ready for homologation by the end of spring ahead of the first race at the end of the year.
Its Weissach-based team has already started work on the drivetrain, using the same high-voltage laboratory built for its LMP1 program.
“Our components are tried out on the same test benches as those of the Mission E,” explains Seidl.
“In this scenario, motorsport and road car engineers work closely together. After all, we share a common interest in aspects of efficiency and in making an electric powertrain as light as possible.”
— Porsche Newsroom (@PorscheNewsroom) May 19, 2018