The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team is fielding two Porsche 99X Electric racers at the London E-Prix with Porsche employee drivers André Lotterer (GER/No. 36) and Pascal Wehrlein (GER/No. 94). While the two-week pace poses a major challenge, Florian Modlinger, Formula E Motorsport Factory Director, says: “As always, we are working in a systematic and meticulous manner. Although the schedule is tight, our preparations are going according to plan.”
In the all-electric series drivers’ standings, Pascal Wehrlein, winner of the E-Prix in Mexico City, is ninth with 63 points. André Lotterer is tied for points in tenth place. With 126 points in the team standings, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team sits sixth.
Florian Modlinger, Formula E Motorsport Factory Director
What knowledge do you take with you from New York to London? What are your goals?
“The positives we are taking away from New York are that we were competitive in both qualifying and the race and that we have the pace to fight for the top positions. Of course, it’s disappointing that due to some problems, we didn’t get one of our cars into the qualifying duels and that André wasn’t able to turn his starting position into a podium finish or a win in the second race. Our goals are the same as in any other event: We want to fight for places on the podium.”
With the remaining Season 8 races in London and Seoul, have you already been able to gather insights into Season 9?
“On the operational side, we are constantly developing, and the last races are also considered in relation to Season 9. Of course, we have to consider any changes to the weekend format in Season 9 quite early.”
André Lotterer, Porsche works driver (#36)
In New York City you gave a strong and impressive qualifying performance. What positives are you getting in London from the Big Apple?
“I qualified very well with P3. Unfortunately, I was unable to convert my excellent starting position into a better race result. Our race pace was also good, which makes us very confident for London. Basically, after the race weekend, we analyze everything and try to learn from it.”
Last year, you narrowly missed out on the podium with a fourth-place finish in London. What is possible this time?
“We had a good pace in London and I hope we can fight for a high result again this time. In any case, we will work hard to achieve this. We have a good car and we are very motivated. It’s definitely going to be a tough weekend though.”
Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche works driver (#94)
One of the most unusual tracks in Formula E awaits you in London. What is it like for you to compete in an indoor and outdoor competition?
“London really is one of the most interesting circuits on the calendar. It gets really exciting in the rain, when it’s dry inside and wet outside. It’s generally a slower circuit with lots of tight corners. You need a slightly different car setup. But we are ready for anything and we hope to have a successful weekend.”
In New York City you were in the lead in the first race, but didn’t finish in the points in the second. What makes you confident about London?
“The fact that we performed very well in the qualifications and that we had the pace in the race. After all, I managed to take nine positions in the second race from P20. All in all, it was a weekend where I could learn something.”
The 2,141 kilometer ExCeL circuit is unique with 22 bends and weaves its way in and out of East London’s Thames Exhibition Centre. The hall’s concrete floor was treated with a special substance to improve grip and protect the soil. The difference in height between the indoor and outdoor areas was solved with ramps. For season 8, chicanes have been added between turns 10 and 13.
Live television and online coverage
The worldwide broadcast schedule of the Formula E event in London is available at: https://www.fiaformulae.com/watch/ways-to-watch.
The first photos from London will be available in Porsche’s press database on July 29. Race reports will follow on July 30 (race 13) and July 31 (race 14). Further information about the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team will be posted live on the Twitter feed @PorscheFormulaE published. All relevant information about the team, drivers and race series can be found in the updated Porsche Formula E Media Guide. The content will be updated regularly throughout the season and expanded with additional interactive materials.
Porsche 99X Electric
With the Porsche 99X Electric, Porsche returned to open-wheel single-seater racing in 2019 after more than 30 years. The all-electric race car that features the Weissach-developed Porsche E Performance Powertrain also serves as a development platform for the sports car manufacturer’s all-electric production models. Energy management and efficiency are important factors for success in Formula E and in the development of production cars. For the 2021/2022 season, the 99X Electric has a maximum power of 250 kW in qualifying mode and 220 kW in normal race mode. Attack mode increases power to 250 kW. Maximum recovery is 250 kW; usable battery capacity is 52 kilowatt-hours.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S as the new safety car
Porsche is committed to safety in Formula E: With the all-electric Taycan Turbo S, the sports car manufacturer supplies the official safety car this season and underlines the importance of Formula E to Porsche Motorsport. Thanks to its driveability and safety, as well as power of up to 560 kW (761 PS; Taycan Turbo S: Electricity consumption* combined (WLTP) 23.4 – 21.9 kWh/100 km, CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 0 g/ km, Electric range* combined (WLTP) 440 – 468 km, Electric range* city (WLTP) 524 – 573 km, Electric energy consumption* combined (NEDC) 26.0 kWh/100 km, combined CO₂* emissions (NEDC) 0 g/km), Porsche’s first all-electric sports car is the ideal choice as a safety car in the world’s first electric racing series. With Launch Control, the range-topping Taycan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 260 km/h. The striking livery includes the colors of all eleven competing teams, as well as the colors of the FIA and Formula E. The design symbolizes the shared commitment to the future of all-electric motor racing, as well as social values such as diversity and community.
Formula E is the world’s first all-electric racing series bringing exciting motorsport to people living in big cities since 2014. As an accelerator for innovative and sustainable mobility technologies, it promotes the worldwide acceptance of electric vehicles with the aim of countering climate change. The format is compact: practice, qualifying and racing all take place in one day. Each race usually lasts over 45 minutes plus one lap. Eleven teams tackle the 2021/2022 season with 22 drivers. This makes for interesting and controversial contests. This marks the third season for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team campaigning the Porsche 99X Electric.
Sixteen races in ten of the world’s biggest cities make up the provisional 2021/2022 calendar of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Race 1 and 2
28. / 29. January – Diriyah (Saudi Arabia)
February 12 – Mexico City (Mexico)
Race 4 and 5
April 9 / 10 – Rome (Italy)
April 30 – Monaco (Monaco)
Race 7 and 8
May 14 / 15 – Berlin (Germany)
June 4 – Jakarta (Indonesia)
July 2 – Marrakesh (Morocco)
Race 11 and 12
16. / 17. July – New York City (USA)
Race 13 and 14
30. / 31. July – London (Great Britain)
Race 15 and 16
13. / 14. August – Seoul (South Korea)