The new TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team has unveiled its first ever all-electric racing car, named Porsche 99X Electric.
The previously announced pairing of Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer will race the car in the upcoming 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.
The Porsche 99X Electric was unveiled on Wednesday as part of an interactive game featuring Jani and Lotterer on the gaming live-streaming platform Twitch.
Porsche initially confirmed its Formula E entry back in 2017 and has since been forming the team. It began testing of its test and development car in March after receiving it in January.
As yet the team does not have a designated team principal but will be centered around a team that comprises technical project leader Malte Huneke and team manager Amiel Lindesay, as well as director of GT factory motorsport Pascal Zurlinden, who adds a role in the Formula E program to his remit.
Longtime Porsche employee Carlo Wiggers will also attend races in his capacity as director of team management and business relations.
“Today is an important day,” commented Porsche Motorsport vice president Fritz Enzinger.
“With the premiere of the Porsche 99X Electric, we are taking a big step towards the Porsche works entry in Formula E.
“I am really proud of our team, which has shown a high level of commitment to the Formula E project. Now I am looking forward to seeing the Porsche 99X Electric on the racetrack.”
Both Lindesay and Lotterer say that the team is targeting a podium position in its first Formula E season, which will begin at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in November.
“It was definitely a good thing that I already have two years under my belt in Formula E,” said Lotterer.
“I’ve got some good experience and hopefully I can bring this to the team and have a good fusion to be at the first race already be fighting for the podium.”
In addition to the already announced title partner sponsorship from TAG Heuer, Porsche also communicated deals with Vodafone and Ansys.
Lotterer Completes First Test Miles for Porsche
Recent signing Andre Lotterer has already experienced the test and development version of the Porsche 99X Electric at a recent test run.
Lotterer signed for the team last month and was able to get experience of the car before it went through its official homologation process recently.
“Straight from New York I came to Porsche for the announcement but also to learn about the systems of the car and what has been done so far,” Lotterer told e-racing365.
“I did a few simulator sessions before we did a test on the track.
“It’s well established already and there are a lot of interesting systems and software architecture being worked on.”
Lotterer would not be drawn on where he believes Porsche will fit into the competitive order of Formula E as it prepares to embark on its first season.
“It’s hard to say where we are,” he said.
“I can judge things like a difference in balance and with some of the tools we use but it is hard to say exactly where we are competitively and we probably won’t really know until we get to Riyadh.”