Porsche has become the fourth Formula E manufacturer to sign up to the championship’s new Gen3 rules which will run until the end of the 2025-26 season.
The new regulations will start at the end of 2o22 ahead of Formula E’s ninth season. The German manufacture join Mahindra, DS, and Nissan in committing to the all-electric series until the end of 2026.
Fritz Enzinger, vice president of Porsche Motorsport and senior vice president of motorsport at the Volkswagen Group, said: “With our entry in 2019, we made a clear commitment to Formula E. “From our point of view, it offers the most competitive environment to advance the development of high-performance vehicles with a focus on eco-friendliness, energy efficiency and sustainability.
“The previous season confirmed this, despite the raft of pandemic-related restrictions. “It was important for us that the DNA of Formula E, which has made the championship so successful, was preserved. That’s happened [with Gen3].
“At the same time, we see potential to take Formula E to the next level from a sporting and technological point of view.”
This commitment to the electric championship comes despite the German sportscar firm recently placing a “huge investment” in the development of synthetic fuels.
The Gen3 rules will mark the start of in-race rapid charging pitstops of up to 600kW, as well as the cars running at a race power of 350kW. Other major increases to the cars’ technical capabilities include a large gain in regenerative braking capacity, up from the current 250kW per lap to 600kW.
FIA president Jean Todt, who recently appeared on the Porsche ‘Inside E’ podcast, added: “I’m glad that Porsche has committed to the next era. Lighter, more powerful, with faster charging, the Gen3 race car will further establish the discipline as the pinnacle of electric racing.
“It’s also the confirmation that Formula E is the right platform to promote manufacturers’ expertise.”
Manufacturers have until 31 March to register for the Gen3 regulations, although it is understood that this has evolved to become a soft deadline as Formula E works to maintain its current 12-team capacity.
Mercedes is expected to announce its participation for Gen3 ahead of a major logistical restructure that will consolidate its Formula E operations in Brackley.
McLaren Racing, meanwhile, has signed an option that guarantees it a place on the grid following the winter announcements from Audi and BMW that they would quit at the close of the current 2021 campaign.