Porsche outlines plans for early 2019 FE test
11 December 2017 – Porsche has revealed that it intends to give its Formula E package its first on-track test in early 2019, ahead of its entry into the electric single-seater championship in the 2019/20 campaign.
Porsche has withdrawn from the LMP1 division of the World Endurance Championship, having wrapped up three straight titles, along with successive Le Mans triumphs, in order to focus on Formula E.
Engineers who previously worked on Porsche's LMP1 project will spend 2018 onboard its Formula E programme in order to "design, develop and test a complete powertrain".
"The first steps were already taken in 2017, with the concrete implementation of the concept taking place next year," Porsche confirmed.
"The first test drives with the finished Formula E race car from Porsche are scheduled for early 2019."
Porsche will enter the championship for its sixth season, in 2019/20, when the series intends to abandon its mid-race car changes.
Mercedes is also set to join Formula E in 2019/20, while Nissan is to replace sister brand Renault in the series in 2018/19.
Porsche already has two of its 2017 LMP1 drivers competing in this season's Formula E championship, with André Lotterer at Techeetah and Neel Jani at Dragon.