Porsche has stated that its test program has made “major progress” since beginning its concentrated pre-homologation development phase for its Formula E program at the beginning of the year.
The German manufacturer received its hardware from Spark Technologies in January and immediately began the assembly and simulation testing phase ahead of hitting the test track.
Its first track shakedown occurred in March at the Weissach test facility before the team moved on to Calafat in Spain between the Rome and Paris E-Prixs in April when both Neel Jani and Brendon Hartley tested the car.
Porsche continued its pre-homologation testing in Mallorca earlier this month where Jani put additional miles on the car.
The team has now completed around half of its allocated 15 days of private manufacturer testing but it does have three filming days and the three pre-season days at Valencia in October to also utilize.
“Since building the Porsche Formula E car in January, we have made major progress in both development and testing,” said Malte Huneke, technical project leader of Porsche’s first all-electric race program.
“We can continue to optimize its components up until the homologation to ensure that we are perfectly prepared for our maiden Formula E season.
“The simulation work is particularly helpful in, say, optimising energy management. However, the actual conditions only prevail at a racetrack.
“For example, it is not possible to simulate driving over curbs completely accurately in the simulator or on the test bench.
“Tire management and braking behaviour are also best researched at the racetrack. We are right on schedule: with extensive test drives at the racetracks, continuous work in the simulator and tests on the test bench.
“We gain important data and insights for the development of the Porsche powertrain with the combination of all these available sources.”
Jani told e-racing365 last week in Bern that, despite the positive test program so far, that the team will not get an accurate gauge of its competitiveness until October’s official pre-season test in Valencia.
“We are going in to the stage of performance testing to improve things but the difficult thing for us is that we have no reference because we cannot go on a track where we have lap times from another race weekend,” he said.
“Even at Valencia there is not a really accurate representation because as we know the track has a big difference to Formula E circuits.
“Probably not until Riyadh will we see a true understanding of things, so it is quite an exciting time.”
The second part of Porsche’s ‘Road to Formula E’ infographic series is below. Click here to view the previous release.