New Porsche Gen3 racing car on the test track for the first time
Important step into the future of Formula E: The all-electric Gen3 racing car from Porsche experienced its eagerly awaited rollout on Wednesday in Weissach.
On the test track in the Porsche development center, works driver Pascal Wehrlein completed the first laps in the vehicle, which will be used by the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team from season 9 (2022/2023) in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. With its third generation of vehicles, Formula E is entering a new era.
Florian Modlinger, General Project Manager Formula E: “With the successful rollout on our test track in the development center, we took the first step towards Gen3 today. My thanks go to the entire team, which made this possible with a tremendous effort. It was hard work, both technically and operationally, to get our new season 9 car out on track and to cover the first kilometres. Now we are looking forward to the next few days and weeks and to working with the car and making further progress. We will coordinate the systems even better and then work on the performance of the car in a timely manner.”
Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche works driver: “It was a very interesting day and a great experience driving our new Gen3 car for the first time. It feels great and I’m looking forward to testing it at full power very soon. In any case, the first impressions today were very good and whet the appetite for more.”
Gen3 race cars are the fastest, lightest, most powerful and most efficient electric race cars ever built. Specially developed for the Formula E street circuits, they also take a big step forward in terms of sustainability. More than 40 percent of the energy used in the race is recovered via regenerative braking, and the recycled carbon fiber used to construct the body comes in part from this season’s Gen2 cars.
The Gen3 sets technical milestones in Formula E
In addition, the Gen3 cars are the first single-seater cars to feature a powertrain on both the front and rear axles. The new front powertrain increases the 350kW of the rear by a further 250kW, allowing for energy recovery with an output of up to 600kW — more than double that of the Gen2 cars. The charging times are also greatly reduced: With the new ultra-high-speed chargers, with an output of 600 kW, recharging is almost twice as fast as with the most advanced commercial chargers currently on the market.
Porsche and Formula E
Formula E is the first all-electric racing series in the world and has been bringing exciting motorsport to people in the big cities since 2014. As an accelerator for innovative and sustainable mobility technologies, it also promotes the worldwide acceptance of electric vehicles with the aim of counteracting climate change. The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is contesting its third season with the Porsche 99X Electric. The team from Weissach celebrated its greatest success to date with a double victory by Pascal Wehrlein and André Lotterer in the Porsche 99X Electric on February 12, 2022 in Mexico. With the all-electric Taycan Turbo S, Porsche is providing the official safety car this season, underscoring the importance of Formula E for Porsche Motorsport.