Want to have a very early glimpse of Porsche’s next-generation sports cars? Well, you should probably look at their current Formula E challenger because the company is looking at borrowing some lessons from it.
Yep, you read that right. The Porsche 99X Electric Formula E challenger and the team’s experience in the electric open-wheel series will serve as the basis of the brand’s future sports cars according to Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development at Porsche.
Porsche has always used motorsports as a means of developing the brand’s up and coming models – including the 911. In fact, the automaker even went as far as saying that motorsport has been the “driving force” behind series production models at the company. Furthermore, they add that the “history of Porsche has been continuously shaped by their countless motorsports successes”.
With electrification being the future direction at Porsche, it makes sense then that they would use their experience in Formula E to build upcoming electric models. Currently, the only all-electric vehicle in Porsche’s lineup is the Taycan, which was features technology from the brand’s WEC LMP1 challenger.
“The experience gained in the LMP1 project had a significant influence on the development of the Porsche Taycan. We expect similar synergies from the Formula E project, as well as inspiration for future sports cars,” said Steiner.
So what does this mean for future Porsche sports cars? Well, expect to see more electric vehicles to come from the German automaker. In fact, it is possible that we could see an all-electric 911 be revealed sometime in the future. However, don’t expect this to happen anytime soon. Porsche only made their Formula E debut in the 2019-2020 season, which is currently on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will likely take years of experience in the sport before the lessons learned are applied to their model lineup.