06 Mar 19

Neel Jani completes maiden run of Porsche Formula E challenger

Porsche works driver Neel Jani completed the first kilometres in the marque's new Gen2 Formula E car at Porsche‘s testing ground in Weissach yesterday. The run was the first drive of the outfit's new car ahead of its entry into the sixth season (2019/20) of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. 

“I am very proud to have been behind the wheel the first time our Formula E racing car was driven," said Jani. 

"Being allowed to drive the rollout is not only a great honour, it is also very exciting. We’re breaking new ground. 

"It was a fantastic feeling for me. Everyone in the team feels it: The project is really gaining momentum now. 

"We didn’t push it to the limit during the rollout, but the powertrain and the car made a very good first impression overall. I can’t wait to get back to testing.”

After announcing its entry into Formula E, the team has been busy preparing for the new challenge. With a proven pedigree in world-class motorsport, all eyes will be on the marque as it challenges for the Formula E championship title in 2019/20 against fellow German factory teams BMW, Audi and Mercedes. The news follows the first glimpse of the Mercedes EQ Formula E Team car, which was revealed only a few days ago at the Geneva motor show. 

“The newly developed Porsche powertrain for Formula E completed its baptism of fire. It is an important day for everyone involved in this project," said Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport. 

"Many thanks to everyone who has poured their heart and soul into the construction of the powertrain and car in recent months and made this successful rollout possible.

"We still have a lot of work to do on the road to our works entry in Formula E, but an important initial step has been taken. Now we will be fully focussed as we continue to work on familiarising ourselves with the particular challenges of Formula E,” he added.