Porsche celebrates its most successful season in Formula E
In its most successful season to date, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team took home four victories with the Porsche 99X Electric. The squad from Weissach was fighting for the world championship title until the last race of the season, which took place in London. “We’ve become stronger as a team,” says Florian Modlinger, Director of Factory Motorsport Formula E. “Compared to last season, we’ve made a huge step forward and established ourselves among the top teams.”
The ninth season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship was gripping from start to finish, with the battle for top honours going down to the wire at the season finale in London. Porsche had reason to celebrate in the capital: with the Weissach-developed 99X Electric, Jake Dennis, who races for the Porsche customer team, Avalanche Andretti, was crowned world champion after an outstanding season.
“It was a successful season for Porsche because, with the 99X Electric, we developed a car capable of winning,” Modlinger reflects. “With four victories, we have established ourselves firmly at the top. Nevertheless, in the end, the factory team didn’t achieve what we set out to do and what was within our reach. We’ll analyse the season carefully and try to make another step forward for the championship’s tenth season.”
By his own admission, Porsche’s qualifying performance was decisive, especially during the last two race weekends (Rome and London). “Our race performance was very good, which we saw in London, when António Félix da Costa drove a sensational race, starting from seventeenth on the grid and finishing in P2. To have only finished fourth in the teams’ and drivers’ championships is hugely disappointing, especially when you consider we led the teams’ championship for the majority of the year and only occasionally dropped back to second place. Clearly, more was possible for us this season.”
After a superior performance in the first races of the season, the new 99X Electric simply wasn’t able to maintain the lead it built up. “Superiority wasn’t really there,” Modlinger asserts. “In terms of performance, Jaguar and Envision Racing were on par with us, but they dropped a lot of points in the opening races. We didn’t make any mistakes and banked the spoils. The situation flipped as the season progressed. Punctures and collisions set us back, and we went to tracks where we couldn’t turn our qualifying performance into a decent result. Rivals were simply stronger. I acknowledge this, but our package was competitive all season, as Jake Dennis showed by winning the world title in a customer 99X.”
Avalanche Andretti’s participation with the all-electric Porsche marked the first time Porsche has supported a customer team in Formula E. The team is owned by motor racing legend, Michael Andretti. With the Taycan Turbo S, Porsche again supplied Formula E’s official safety car, thus underlining the importance of the series for Porsche Motorsport. “The off-season is full-throttle,” Modlinger reveals. “The cars are back in Weissach, where they are disassembled, reassembled and prepared for a return to racing.” Here’s to victory in the 2024/2025 season.
THE FIRST TIME PORSCHE HAS SUPPORTED A CUSTOMER TEAM IN FORMULA E