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Porsche to join Formula E electric racing championship, 2019-2020 calendar announced

The Formula E electric racing championship has announced its calendar for the 2019-2020 season: 14 races in 12 cities on 4 continents, beginning in November in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia and winding up in July 2020 in London.

However, the big news is that Porsche will be fielding an electric racing team. The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team recently unveiled its Gen2 99X Electric racer. The 99X Electric has a standardized Formula E-approved chassis and battery, along with a Porsche E-Performance Powertrain. It employs the same 800-volt technology used in the Porsche Taycan. The race car will serve as a development platform for future electric production models.

“In hindsight, we laid the foundations for Porsche’s future involvement in Formula E during the LMP1 project,” said Malte Huneke, Technical Project Leader Formula E. “We used the insights gained during that time in the development of the Porsche Formula E powertrain. We focused on building a highly effective powertrain with the highest level of efficiency.”

The Porsche 99X Electric will make its first official appearance in mid-October at the Formula E test in Valencia, Spain.

Source: Formula E

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