The Avalanche Andretti team announces the signing of a multi-year contract with Porsche for the supply of a power unit from next season, which will see the entry into force of the Gen3 regulations in Formula E. The American team was in search of a new partner while still using the engine supplied by BMW this year, which however withdrew from the championship. It therefore had to turn to one of the seven manufacturers entered for the next regulatory cycle. The contract will include technical support from Porsche directly within Andretti, as part of a first customer supply.
“Our Formula E adventure began in Season 1 and we are very proud to now look to the next generation of this discipline”underlines Michael Andretti, CEO of the team. « Avalanche Andretti FE has the ambition to win, and with the support of Porsche, we have full confidence in our performance and our growth. The agreement is an important step for the future and for our commitment to the discipline, from our partners and fans. Our history with Porsche, with two historic entities in competition, seemed natural and we look forward to opening a new chapter in 2023. »
Porsche is currently committed to Formula E until the end of the 2023-2024 season, which guarantees Andretti a supply for at least two seasons, but the German manufacturer is considering extending its involvement in the discipline.
« It was vital that we made a strong choice for our engine supply in order to prepare for this new chapter with this exciting generation of single-seaters, and we are doing this with Porsche »rejoices Roger Griffith, director of the Andretti team. « We are looking forward to starting Gen3 as a formidable competitor. We remain focused on the rest of the season, we continue our relationship with BMW, who have been a valuable partner and who will support us until the end. We have had many successes together over the years and we thank them for that. »
Andretti and Porsche, not a first
History will remember that this is not the first collaboration between Porsche and the Andretti family, since Mario and Michael, father and son, finished third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the wheel of a 956 Group C in 1983 In 1988, they took sixth place in a 962C. For its part, Porsche welcomes this first customer partnership in Formula E but does not plan to extend it to other formations on the grid, while some teams, such as Abt, have not yet found a supplier.
“It is important for us to support a client team that demonstrates the same passion and professionalism as we do in Formula E”explains Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President of Porsche Motorsport. “Avalanche Andretti has been racing in Formula E since the inaugural season in 2014. For us, it is a huge sign of confidence that one of the most experienced teams chooses to work with Porsche from Season 9 by entering two Porsche 99X Electric.Porsche and Andretti have a long tradition, and it all started when Mario and Michael made their debut at Le Mans in a Porsche 956 in 1983. We are happy to carry on the tradition in Formula E and we hope that our partnership will be just as successful. »