Porsche have tested their new Formula E Gen2 car for the first time at the German marque’s testing ground in Weissach.
The test passed “without incident” with the new Porsche powertrain.
The team will enter Formula E in Season 6 of the all-electric championship.
Neel Jani, who was confirmed as the first driver for the Porsche outfit, completed the rollout and first test of the new car.
“I am very proud to have been behind the wheel the first time our Formula E racing car was driven,” said Jani.
“Being allowed to drive the rollout is not only a great honour, it is also very exciting. We’re breaking new ground.
“It was a fantastic feeling for me. Everyone in the team feels it: The project is really gaining momentum now.
“We didn’t push it to the limit during the rollout, but the powertrain and the car made a very good first impression overall. I can’t wait to get back to testing.”
Porsche competed in the World Endurance Championship in the LMP1 class from 2014 to 2017 and claimed three consecutive drivers’ championships with the 919 Hybrid.
Jani won the WEC title in 2016 with Porsche, alongside Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas.
Other Porsche WEC champions include Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley, who recently announced he was part of the Porsche development programme.
“The newly developed Porsche powertrain for Formula E completed its baptism of fire. It is an important day for everyone involved in this project,” said Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport.
“Many thanks to everyone who has poured their heart and soul into the construction of the powertrain and car in recent months and made this successful rollout possible.
“We still have a lot of work to do on the road to our works entry in Formula E, but an important initial step has been taken. Now we will be fully focussed as we continue to work on familiarising ourselves with the particular challenges of Formula E,” he added.
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