After current partner BMW put Formula E on hold, Andretti looked for a new party. The Munich-based manufacturer has already stopped being a works team in the electric racing class, but will continue to supply Andretti with the drive train in the current season. However, for the next season and with it the new Gen3 regulations, this fun also happened. BMW is also ceasing as an engine supplier, so Andretti had to look outside.
That search is now complete and has resulted in a deal with Porsche. The Weissach brand has its own team in Formula E and, with this deal, is making an FE drive train available to a customer team for the first time. “Our Formula E story began in season one and we are pleased that we can look forward to the new generation of vehicles with confidence. We are fighting for victory and we strongly believe that with the support of Porsche we can continue to grow.” A new source of energy was crucial for the new regulations and that’s exactly what we achieved with this Porsche deal,” says Andretti FE Team Principal Roger Griffiths.
The deal with Porsche has a term of at least two years up to and including the 2023/2024 season. This is also the term for which the Porsche works team has committed to staying in Formula E. It remains to be seen whether the brand will remain in Formula E afterwards and if so, in what form. Porsche has indicated several times that it is considering Formula E approval. It is partly related to plans in other racing classes such as Formula 1. VW boss Herbert Diess recently announced that Porsche wants to concentrate fully on the premier class of motorsport and that the brand is discontinuing other racing activities. “Because if you do motorsport, then F1 is the right place for you.”
For the time being, Porsche is still very satisfied with the deal with Andretti. “Porsche and Andretti share a long tradition that all started when Mario and Michael made their Le Mans debut in a Porsche 956 in 1983 just as well. will be successful.” Porsche adds that there are no plans to provide power sources to other teams besides Andretti.