Porsche unveils Gen3 Formula E car
Porsche has unveiled its Formula E all-electric Gen3 racecar at its Weissach test track.
The eagerly-awaited car, driven by Pascal Wehrlein, will enter the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from season 9 (2022/2023).
The Gen3 racecars are thought to be the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race cars ever built. Designed specifically for Formula E street circuits, they also make a big step forward in sustainability. More than 40% of the energy used during a race is produced via regenerative braking. The recycled carbon fibre used in the bodywork construction comes in part from this season’s Gen2 cars.
Moreover, the Gen3 vehicle is the first formula race car with a front and rear powertrain. The new front powertrain adds 250 kW to the 350 kW at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capability of the current Gen2 car to a total of 600 kW.
The charging time has also decreased significantly. The new ultra-high-speed charging capacity of 600 kW represents almost double the power of the world’s most advanced commercial chargers.
Porsche takes on the role of a supplier in the series for the first time next season. It will provide the powertrain for the Andretti squad, which previously used BMW power. The deal means four Porsche 99X Electric racers will line up on the grid, two factory cars and two from the Avalanche Andretti customer team.
“We took the first step towards Gen3 today,” said Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E. “It was a lot of work technologically and operationally to get our new car out on the track for season 9 and to drive the first kilometres. We’re now looking forward to the next few days and weeks and to making further progress with the car. We’ll work on better aligning the systems and then the car’s performance.”