Porsche, meet Formula E.
The iconic German manufacturer and motorsport go hand in hand. Porsche has over 60 years of racing history and graced the podium over 30,000 times. Then came all-electric racing.
In 2017, Porsche stepped into the unknown. It said it would move away from the LMP1-Hybrid Class of the FIA World Endurance Championship and focus on entering the FIA Formula E Championship. After four seasons at sportscar racing’s premier level, it was time to do something new. After three successive WEC world titles, it was time to do something incredible. It was time for all-electric racing.
Porsche entering Formula E was all part of the plan. It has since launched the stunning Taycan, the first model of its all-electric sportscar range derived from its ‘Mission E’ concept. The Taycan has double the amount of voltage as a standard electric car and has already broken track records at the Nurburgring. Recently, it inspired a Porsche-Lucasfilm collaborated Starfighter in celebration for the recent launch of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Porsche has conquered almost all forms of autoracing across the galaxy but now comes a different challenge. This 26-minute video was produced by a film crew over several months and documents the incredible journey of the Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. From concept and development to its successful debut at the 2019/20 Formula E season opener in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
“Porsche has enjoyed countless successes at racetracks around the world, not least at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. As such, we have high expectations of ourselves,” said Amiel Lindesay, Head of Operations for Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.
Regular driver André Lotterer added: “Following intense preparations, we have now arrived in the first fully electric racing series and are also playing a significant role in shaping the future of motorsport in this environment.”
Success through sustainability isn’t just important to motorsport. Porsche takes inspiration from the racetrack and its findings often influence how future sports cars are made. With Porsche entering Formula E, it hopes to learn and create.
“Porsche sees itself as a pioneer in sustainable sporty mobility,” said Malte Huneke, Technical Project Leader with the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. “Battery-powered cars are currently the central issue in the automobile industry, with the goal being to reduce CO2 emissions. We are already on our way to achieving that goal.”
You can watch the full Porsche documentary here.