Porsche has presented its Formula E challenger, the 99X, as it embarks on its first Formula E season in 2019/2020. The Porsche 99X was presented live in a video game, entitled Formula E Unlocked. TAG Heuer is the title sponsors for the Porsche Formula E Team.
Porsche 99X in the flesh
In terms of the design, the traditional Porsche motorsport colors were chosen for the Formula E racing car. From a bird’s-eye perspective, the Porsche emblem is clearly visible around the Halo system. As usual, the naming format is three digits which represent Porsche racing cars and two-door sports cars. The highest number, nine, was used twice, to re-emphasize the importance of the Formula E project for Porsche, while the X stands for the forward-looking approach and prototype racing. The Porsche 99X Electric also serves as a development platform for future fully electric production models.
Conforming to Formula E regulations, the Porsche 99X powertrain comprises the hybrid technology. The 800-volt technology used in Formula E is also used in the series production of the fully electric Porsche sports car, the Taycan. In addition, energy management and efficiency are the keys to success in both Formula E and series production.
In the coming weeks, Porsche will focus on the performance of the 99X Electric. Thereafter, the Porsche Formula E team will make its first official appearance in mid-October at the Formula E test at Valencia (Spain).
The two 99X will piloted by Neel Jani and André Lotterer. The 2019/20 season starts in November.
The Porsche Formula E squad has as many as 12 partners, including ANSYS, Vodafone, ExxonMobil, Metzingen, Hugo Boss, Lighting manufacturer TRILUX, C. & A. Veltins brewery, Puma, Michelin, Tool supplier Hazet, Red Bull and Stilo Helmet.
Porsche in Formula E
Although debuting in Formula E, Porsche as a motorsport squad have been involved in single-seater racing for more than 30 years. Entering Formula E and the accompanying restructuring of the motorsport involvement can be derived from the 2025 Porsche strategy. In addition to traditional GT road-going sports cars, fully electric sports cars are also firmly anchored in the strategy. Both should be reflected in the Porsche world of motorsport in the future. A large part of the corporation’s ‘Mission E’ is also the presence and success in motorsport with race cars with electric drive.
In terms of hybrid technology and thus e-drive technology, racing and production have been enriching each other at Porsche for around a decade: the first hybrid race car, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid of 2010, went into the development of the 918 Spyder. In part, the 918 was the basis for the 919 Hybrid, which in turn influenced the development of the Porsche Formula E powertrain and the Porsche Taycan.