Porsche has confirmed more of its plans ahead of its works entry to Formula E in 2019.
Porsche announced in July it would be ending its three-time Le Mans-winning LMP1 program at the end of the 2017 season in order to focus its efforts on Formula E, with an arrival in the all-electric series planned for its sixth season.
At its annual Night of Champions event in Germany on Saturday, Porsche confirmed its racing plans through 2018, as well as announcing further details about its Formula E preparations.
“The Porsche LMP Team will spend 2018 concentrating on its new mission: its successful entry into Formula E. The start takes place in season six, beginning at the end of 2019,” a release from Porsche reads.
“Until then, the team will design, develop and test a complete powertrain. The first steps were already taken in 2017, with the concrete implementation of the concept taking place next year.
“The first test drives with the finished Formula E race car from Porsche are scheduled for early 2019.”
Porsche factory drivers Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani have already been placed in Formula E, making their debuts in Hong Kong last weekend.
Besides Formula E, the remnants of the Porsche LMP team will also be involved in a farewell tour for the Porsche 919 Hybrid car that raced between 2014 and 2017.
“Outside the events of the FIA World Endurance Championship and thus outside the regulations of usable energy amounts, the innovative race car will be campaigned at many individual events throughout the year,” Porsche confirmed.
“A precise program will be announced early in 2018. At the end of 2018, the era of the ca. 900 hp hybrid prototype will come to a close. The 919 will then make its last trip to the Porsche Museum.”