Recently, Porsche entered the open-wheel motorsport scene, but Using Formula E Rather than Formula One.
They confessed that F1 was on the cards, particularly in the 2021 season.
Unfortunately, they elected to pull from the bid and concentrate on F1‘s electric cousin.
Lately, Porsche entered the open-wheel motorsport scene, but with Formula E Rather than Formula One.
They admitted that F1 was about the cards, particularly in the 2021 year .
Regrettably, they chose to pull out of the bid and focus on the electric cousin of F1.
Porsche boss Fritz Enzinger revealed they were close to committing as an engine supplier instead of a team.
Further supporting their attention was the fact that the German giants developed a 1.6-liter hybrid power unit that was capable of Grand Prix racing.
From the build-up into the regulation reform announcement before their US Grand Prix 2019 of F1, Porsche attended meetings involving Formula 1 and producers, the F1 teams and the FIA.
Initially, 2021 regulations would’ve excluded the hybrid component, which was an appealing prospect of Porsche.
The game decided to keep the element so that was one nail in the coffin.
However they had been tight-lipped on its use Subsequently in 2017, Porsche started working on a six-cylinder engine that was highly effective.
Then, the parent firm, the VW group of Porsche, elected to approach Formula 1 for a entry.
How Did the Porsche–F1 Link-up Play Out?
“It was very close,” Enzinger told Speedweek in an interview.
“Since when the Group Executive Board commissioned a highly efficient racing engine in 2017, Porsche hadn’t only already designed it was built!
He divulged the German giant has been included from the talks with the FIA and F1 promoter Liberty Media.
However, it soon became evident they wanted to go in a different direction, particularly in the sector.
One thing led to another and Formula E became the obvious choice.
Talking about the opening two Formula E races, Enzinger confessed he was surprised to find one Porsche car on the podium at the first race.
What made this a big accomplishment to them is that, unlike Mercedes and BMW, they didn’t have the luxury of linking up with an existing team.
While Mercedes fielded last season to HWA Racelabs before entering fulltime BMW have their partnership with Andretti.
Porsche wanted someone with Formula E expertise and that came in the shape of former DS Techeetah driver Andre Lotterer.