Porsche has revealed its new car for the upcoming 2019-2020 Formula E season -the 99X electric.
The single-seater electric race car uses an electric motor developed in-house by Porsche. It will be driven by Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer. Both of the drivers have previously raced the marque's 919 Hybrid LMP1 car at Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship.
Jani and Lotterer both participated in a 'digital reveal' of the 99X on the online gaming community platform Twitch. During the event, the two racers took instructions from gamers, who directed them where to find the car, which had been hidden in the headquarters of Porsche Digital.
As per Driving Electric, Porsche says its engineers used the knowledge they had gained from the 919 programme for developing the 99X's drivetrain. The drivetrain which will use the same 800-volt technology as the forthcoming electric Porsche Taycan road car.
In a press release, Malte Huneke, Porsche's Formula E project leader, said, "in hindsight, we laid the foundations for Porsche’s future involvement in Formula E during the LMP1 project. We used the insights gained during that time in the development of the Porsche Formula E powertrain."
Amiel Lindesay, Porsche's Formula E head of operations, further explained: "We are very pleased and are optimistic going into the final preparations for the first race."
The 99X is set to make its first official appearance at pre-season Formula E testing in Valencia, Spain in October, where electric vehicle enthusiasts will be able to learn more about its full power.
The first race of the Formula E season kicks off in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, in November.