Longtime Porsche factory driver Neel Jani has been drafted in to drive the new Porsche Formula E car ahead of its inaugural season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Jani has been a Porsche works driver since 2013, taking outright victory at Le Mans in 2016, before going on to become FIA World Endurance Champion that same year. Earlier this year, Jani smashed the track record at Spa, where he broke the Formula One lap record driving the 919 Hybrid Evo.
Speaking about the announcement, Jani said, “I’m very much looking forward to the new task.
“Being part of an entirely new Porsche Motorsport programme for the second time, right from the beginning, means a lot to me. The technical and driving challenges are huge, and our strong Formula E opponents have a significant advantage in experience. There is a lot of work ahead of us, and I can’t wait for the roll-out.”
Fritz Enzinger, the new boss at Porsche Motorsport, added, “Without a doubt, Neel is the right man for our new technologically trendsetting programme.
“Not only does he bring his pace, but he has a huge amount of single-seater experience. He has already driven in Formula E and is well established in Weissach as a development driver.”
The 2019 Formula E Championship kicks off in Saudi Arabia this weekend (15th of December 2018).