Porsche reaffirms Formula E commitment after Audi, BMW exit

Porsche has reaffirmed its commitment to Formula E for the foreseeable future following the high-profile exits of fellow German brands Audi and BMW this week.

Porsche reaffirms Formula E commitment after Audi, BMW exit

Both Audi and BMW have announced that they will leave Formula E at the end of the 2020/21 season, questioning the relevance of the championship for manufacturers and leaving it facing what Mercedes boss Toto Wolff described as a “wake-up call”.

The two marques offered a similar reasoning for their withdrawal, with BMW saying it has “essentially exhausted the opportunities” to develop its technologies in Formula E, and Audi stating that it already served its purpose for the manufacturer as electric cars are nearing the point of mass adoption.

However, in a statement, Porsche Motorsport’s Vice President Fritz Enzinger confirmed that the marque will remain in Formula E, saying it "is convinced of the unique concept and outstanding stage" that the series provides and will continue to use it to "expand our outstanding competencies in the field of electric powertrains."

Enzinger supported the view of Mercedes motorsport boss Wolff, who called for changes in Formula E, including a reduction in cost of competing in the series.

“We are pleased to make a statement about our continued participation in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship,” said Enzinger. 

“Porsche is convinced of the unique concept and outstanding stage in order to strengthen electric mobility and to reach another audience. Formula E is the stage to develop and expand our outstanding competencies in the field of electric powertrains - bringing them from the racetrack into series production.

“We echo Mercedes, we should take the current situation as a chance to sit down, evaluate and understand further potentials to make this young championship even stronger in the near future.”

Porsche is a relative latecomer to Formula E, joining the series during the 2019/20 season along with Mercedes - although the latter already had an affiliation with HWA during the previous campaign.

The Weissach brand is also evaluating an entry into the LMDh class ahead of its introduction in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022 and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship the following year.

When Audi announced its exit from Formula E on Monday, it revealed that it is doing so to “intensively prepare” for an LMDh programme that would include the Le Mans and Daytona 24-hour races, and a Dakar Rally entry from 2022.

However, Porsche has since confirmed that Audi’s ambitions to compete in the LMDh class will not affect its own bid to race in the top-flight of sportscar racing.

shares
comments

Related video

Bentley evaluating FE, Hypercar after ending GT3 programme

Previous article

Bentley evaluating FE, Hypercar after ending GT3 programme

Next article

Venturi Formula E team sold to investor group

Venturi Formula E team sold to investor group
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula E
Teams Porsche Team
Author Rachit Thukral
How Formula E stood up to F1 comparisons in Monaco Prime

How Formula E stood up to F1 comparisons in Monaco

OPINION: It was no surprise to anybody that the laptimes achieved by Formula E cars on the full Monaco circuit were much slower than Formula 1. But perhaps the more relevant comparison was in the racing spectacle, where FE delivered in spades.

How Monaco dealt Formula E a winning hand to cure its hangover Prime

How Monaco dealt Formula E a winning hand to cure its hangover

Formula E faced much criticism in the wake of its maligned Valencia event. In need of a turnaround, the series' first use of Monaco's iconic Formula 1 layout provided it with the injection of thrills required to clear the fog that had enveloped the paddock.

Formula E
May 11, 2021
Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent Prime

Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent

FIA president Jean Todt wanted more Formula E coverage in the media, and got his wish when the opening Valencia E-Prix proved farcical. Despite attempts to spin the race as teams failing to get their sums right, Formula E and its governing body cannot escape blame - especially when trying to get teams to commit long-term.

Formula E
Apr 27, 2021
How Valencia E-Prix farce gave Formula E an image problem Prime

How Valencia E-Prix farce gave Formula E an image problem

Formula E was under the microscope at Valencia, on its first visit to a permanent circuit. But after a mere nine drivers were left classified following Saturday's Valencia E-Prix, the electric championship once more faced criticism after rising energy deductions and miscalculations produced a farcical affair.

Formula E
Apr 25, 2021
How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome Prime

How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome

Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow

Formula E
Apr 12, 2021
What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future Prime

What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future

Formula E's Gen3 era grid continues to take shape, after Nissan opted to commit to the series for another four years. Nissan's global chief operating officer explains why it has thrown its lot in with FE while other high-profile marques have decided to call it quits.

Formula E
Mar 24, 2021
Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start Prime

Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start

With the new Formula E season belatedly getting underway in Saudi Arabia, the championship appeared to try to make up for lost time with an overspill of action and controversy on and off the track. While some talking points could have serious repercussions, it was an explosive opener for many reasons.

Formula E
Mar 1, 2021
The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021 Prime

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021

The delayed 2020-21 Formula E season gets underway this week with a double-header in Saudi Arabia. The testing times were too close to call a favourite, but that's not the only area of interest to follow as the championship enters a crucial year

Formula E
Feb 25, 2021