The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team has taken the covers off the car it will campaign in its debut 2019-20 season campaign in the all-electric championship.
Dubbed the ’99X Electric’, the new car was revealed via a unique video game launch at the Porsche Digital GmbH premises in Ludwigsburg. Drivers André Lotterer and Neel Jani were guided through the premises via an online gaming community to find a reveal the new car.
The car is decked out in Porsche’s traditional racing colours, with title sponsorship from TAG Heuer and the likes of Mobil, Hugo Boss and Vodafone featuring prominently as major partners.
“Today sees the Porsche 99X Electric join the list of historic Porsche motorsport cars,” said Pascal Zurlinden, Porsche’s Director of Factory Motorsport.
“The naming and the design give the car its initial character and bring it to life. It is a special day for everyone who has put a lot of work into the Porsche Formula E project in recent months.”
While the car will be the same standardised chassis and battery run by all teams, the 99X is powered by a ‘Porsche E-Performance Powertrain’ developed with the manufacturer’s hybrid platform technology from its recent success in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“In hindsight, we laid the foundations for Porsche’s future involvement in Formula E during the LMP1 project,” said Malte Huneke, the team’s Technical Project Leader.
“We used the insights gained during that time in the development of the Porsche Formula E powertrain. We focussed on building a highly effective powertrain with the highest level of efficiency.”
The same powertrain technology used in the 99X will feature in the production of Porsche’s first fully-electric sports car, the Taycan, which will be released for sale later this year.
The 99X will have its open track debut at the official Formula E Championship pre-season test at Valencia in mid-October.
Images via TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
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