It was joined by the Taycan 4S for a spectacular photo shoot in Times Square.
While BMW and Audi have pulled out of Formula E racing to focus on expanding their production electric car lineups at a crucial time for the auto industry, Porsche still competes in the electric race car championship. This weekend, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team will race in New York for the first time, which returns to the Formula E racing calendar for the first time since 2019.
To celebrate, Porsche brought a Taycan 4S and 99X Electric to Times Square for a spectacular photoshoot. It's a fitting location, as New York City has a public transport fleet of 1,750 electric vehicles - the largest in the country. By the end of 2025, this number will increase to 2,000.
The Porsche 99X Electric race car made its racing debut in 2019 and features a single electric motor producing up to 340 hp, powered by a 52-kWh battery pack. Technology from the Formula E race car also carries over to Porsche's electric production cars. The Taycan, for example, utilizes the 99X Electric's 800-volt technology. It's also no coincidence that the original Taycan prototype made its public debut in New York in 2019.
You can see the Porsche 99X Electric in action this weekend. The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team will pit two 99X Electric race cars in races 10 and 11, which take place on July 10 and 11 at the Red Hook Circuit on the streets of Brooklyn, with Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop.
Racing drivers Andre Lotterer and Pascal Wehrlein will tame the two electric Porsche race cars. Each race lasts 45 minutes plus one lap, which is around the same time it takes to charge the Porsche Taycan twice from 5 to 80 percent using a fast DC charger.
"The New York City E-Prix is new for the team, but Andre and Pascal have actually raced there before. Their experiences play a key role in our preparations. Although the track is new for us, we're very confident that we'll pick up in the US where we left off in Mexico," said Amiel Lindesay, head of operations for Porsche's Formula E team.