Porsche Reveals Formula E Car

Porsche has revealed its first ever electric racing car, the 99X Electric, before the sixth Formula E season starts in just under three months time.

The car will compete in the Formula E championship with drivers Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani, both Le Mans winners and experienced racing drivers.

As is the norm with Formula E cars, the chassis is supplied to the team by Spark, a racing car constructor, along with the battery, supplied by McLaren Applied Technologies. Porsche has developed the car’s powertrain – the motor, transmission and the inverter. The German automaker says its experience with hybrid racing cars, in particular the LMP1 919 Hybrid which won Le Mans three times in four attempts, helped its engineers develop the 99X Electric’s powertrain.

The car will output 250kW in qualifying mode, and 200kW in race mode, powering it to a top speed of 174mph, and 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds. It remains to be seen how this will stack up against the competition, which includes Nissan, Audi, champions DS Techeetah, BMW and fellow newcomers Mercedes. However, given its previous success in motorsport, winning Le Mans a record 19 times overall, Porsche is clearly hopeful of doing well right off the bat. The season begins in Saudi Arabia on November 22.

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