Porsche commits to continue in Formula E until 2030

Porsche commits to continue in Formula E until 2030
Porsche commits to continue in Formula E until 2030

The German manufacturer has been involved in Formula E since the 2019-20 season, and in the last five seasons has achieved seven victories in Gen2 and Gen3.

While the most they have achieved at team level is a fourth-place finish during that time, the Porsche powertrain guided Jake Dennis to the drivers’ title this season with his client team Andretti.

Ahead of this weekend’s Shanghai doubleheader, Porsche announced the decision to remain in the championship for what will be another six seasons.

“We are on a kind of journey together, all together, but of course before signing you have some conversations, you want to clarify some things, you talk about the conditions, you talk about everything before establishing a signature,” he said Thomas Laudenbachvice president of Porsche, to Motorsport.com.

“But it doesn’t mean that it was something very difficult [de decidir], it was simply taking the time to do it properly. For us it has always been a long-term commitment.”

He added: “We want to be a fundamental part of this championship. We are not known for coming and going, we have never done that in the past and for us it is based on growing with the championship.”

Porsche’s commitment is a win-win

porsche It becomes the third manufacturer to commit to the Gen4 regulation, after Nissan and Jaguar committed to continue competing in Formula E earlier in the year.

Porsche’s involvement is great news for Formula E as organizers look to retain existing manufacturers as well as attract new ones for the next era of rules.

With a history spanning decades across multiple disciplines, the heritage Porsche brings cannot be understated as Formula E looks to expand beyond its first decade.

“What we can’t develop quickly is the lifelong heritage and legacy that someone like Porsche brings with them,” said Formula E CEO Jeff Dodds.

“So when Porsche commits to a championship like ours it sends a message to everyone that this is a serious motor sport, so for us they are a foundational partner.”

The next major change to the regulations will be introduced in the 2026-27 seasonwith a Gen3 Evo that the teams will be able to use in the next two campaigns and which is an improved single-seater of the current car.

For Porsche, being able to push the limits of electric technology is a key element to staying in the championship: “It’s about developing the technology, the process and the functions,” adds Laudenbach.

“In the next few years we will see some solutions in street cars that come purely from racing. Of course, not the same parts, but the principle, the technology, and that is something important for us.”

“I can guarantee you that there is a very close relationship between street cars and racing, and that there is an intense exchange. If there was no benefit, we would not do it, it is very clear. There has to be a benefit on the technical side,” he concluded.

 
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