Porsche’s first all-electric sports car is the new safety car for the Formula E electric racing series this season. The vehicle will see its racetrack debut at the opening round of the Formula E season on 28 January in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Designed to be more than just the Formula E safety car, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S` paintwork features the colors of all eleven teams competing in the Championship, as well as the colors of the FIA and Formula E.
With a power output of up to 560 kW (761 PS), the high performance Taycan Turbo S is the ideal choice in the critical role of a safety car in the all-electric motorsport World Championship. The flagship model of the Taycan range accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 260 km/h.
The conversion of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S into a safety car required the installation of a roll cage and racing bucket seats with six-point seatbelts as well as wire harnesses for the safety car lighting and the Marelli Logger System. Flashing lights were integrated into the bumpers. The new workplace of Bruno Correia (Portugal), the long-standing FIA Formula E safety car driver, was also equipped with a fire extinguisher and a high-tech communication system. As a result, the safety vehicle meets all requirements for service for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
“We’re proud that Formula E has entrusted a Porsche with this task – one that is important for the safety of its drivers,” says Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport. “With the Taycan Turbo S as the official safety car, we’re making an important contribution to track safety and also underlining the importance of Formula E for Porsche Motorsport.