Porsche will test its first ever all-electric race car in March and will announce the first driver for its long-awaited ABB FIA Formula E Championship campaign soon.
Fritz Enzinger, the acting head of Porsche’s Formula E program, also confirmed that the car’s powertrain has been dyno testing since October, during the Night of Champions at Weissach on Saturday evening.
E-racing365 revealed in April that Porsche was planning to begin its development program away from the race track this fall.
Since then, the team has undergone a shake-up with the departure of Andreas Seidl, who was set to lead the program and is now expected to take up a senior position in a Formula 1 team early next year.
“Our first driver will be announced shortly, it is already decided,” Enzinger revealed at the Night of Champions.
Candidates for a drive with Porsche are known to be recently-replaced Toro Rosso F1 driver Brendon Hartley and 2016 FIA World Endurance Champion Neel Jani.
Fred Makowiecki remains another option for Porsche, possibly for testing purposes, with the Frenchman having played a testing role with the initial Spark Gen 1 Formula E car and tire development on the Gen 2 model.
Makowiecki, Jani and Hartley all continue to be contracted to Porsche, as does Gianmaria Bruni who has sampled a Venturi Formula E car.
Porsche also displayed its show car during Saturday’s event, having received the car from Spark Technologies last month.
It will receive its official development and test car next month, when it can begin its allocated allowance of 15 track testing days.
“We’ll receive the first car in January and we are looking forward to start testing with it [in March],” said Michael Steiner, vice president of development and special advisory board member.
Rene de Boer contributed to this report.