Meet the 99X Electric.
Porsche previously announced its next motorsport venture will be the fledgling Formula E series. Given its long and extremely successful racing history, it should be no surprise the German automaker wants to break into what could very likely be the future of motorsport. After all, innovations and insights come directly from racing. Win on Sunday, sell on Monday, right? Only now automakers are gearing up to sell EVs on Monday. Porsche is no exception.
Meet the 991X Electric, Porsche's inaugural Formula E race car, and it looks wild with plenty of fighter jet styling. It's also Porsche's first single-seat racer in over 30 years. Porsche goes on to say engineers utilized their LMP1 experiences when developing the 99X Electric's powertrain. Remember, the 919 Hybrid? That was just the testbed, as it turns out. Hybrid technology laid the foundations for electric mobility.
Formula E regulations also stipulate a standardized chassis and battery, but manufacturers develop the drive technologies on their own. The 99X electric drivetrain actually shares some design elements with the drivetrain found in the about to be unveiled Porsche Taycan road car.
"Today is an important day. With the premiere of the Porsche 99X Electric, we are taking a big step toward the Porsche works entry in Formula E," Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport and Group Motorsport Volkswagen, said. "I am really proud of our team, which has shown a high level of commitment to the Formula E project. Now I am looking forward to seeing the Porsche 99X Electric on the racetrack."
Undoubtedly Porsche, like all participating manufacturers, stands to gain a lot of insight and knowledge from Formula E. Question is, does the 99X Electric serve as a testbed for a new hypercar, such as a 918 Spyder successor? The answer is likely 'yes.'
But what about an all-electric 911? Although a hybrid 911 is due to arrive in a few years' time, the current 992 911 platform was not engineered for pure EV duties. This is likely to change for its eventual successor.