The Taycan, Porsche’s first all-electric sports car, is Formula E’s new safety car this season.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is intended to be more than just the safety vehicle of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Its eye-catching livery, which features the colors of all eleven teams as well as the FIA and Formula E, symbolizes the commitment of all involved to Formula E and the shared path to the all-electric future of motorsport. The number 22 honors the achievements of the 22 drivers competing this season.
“We are proud that Formula E is entrusting a Porsche with this task, which is important for the safety of its drivers,” says Thomas Laudenbach, Head of Porsche Motorsport. “With the Taycan Turbo S as the official safety car, we are making an important contribution to track safety and also underlining the importance of Formula E for Porsche Motorsport. (…) In addition, we hope to appeal in this way to younger target groups who are not yet motorsport fans.”
With its drivability and safety, as well as its power output of up to 560 kW (761 hp), the Taycan Turbo S high-performance sports car has pretty good prerequisites for the use as a safety car in Formula E. The only all-electric world championship in motorsport holds its races in metropolises such as London, Berlin, Mexico City, New York, Monaco and Seoul. The top model in the Taycan range accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds with Launch Control and reaches a top speed of 260 km/h.
When the Porsche Taycan Turbo S was converted into a safety car, roll bars and racing bucket seats with six-point harnesses were fitted, along with wiring 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-time FIA Formula E safety car driver, was also equipped with a fire extinguisher as well as a high-tech communications system. As a result, the safety car meets all the requirements for use in such a highly competitive racing series as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Safety Car will celebrate its premiere on the race track at the Formula E season opener on January 28/29 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.