Four Porsche 99X Electric contest the Formula E debut in Tokyo

– Preview: Tokyo E-Prix, 30 March 2024, Round 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
– The Japanese metropolis hosts a Formula E race for the first time on its technically demanding circuit.
– The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team fields two Porsche 99X Electric with drivers Pascal Wehrlein (GER) and António Félix da Costa (POR).
– The Porsche customer team Andretti Formula E competes in Tokyo with world champion Jake Dennis (GBR) and Norman Nato (FRA).

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship continues to expand and is now adding a new and exciting city to its world map: the innovative electric racing series visits Japan for the first time at the Tokyo E-Prix on 30 March. A total of four Porsche 99X Electric race cars will line up on the grid.

The first-ever race in Tokyo is just the beginning. After the event in the capital of Japan, two new venues follow on the 2024 Formula E calendar: two double-header events will be contested on 13 and 14 April in Misano, Italy and in the Chinese economic metropolis of Shanghai on 25 and 26 May.

A total of four Porsche 99X Electric will contest the Formula E premiere in the Land of the Rising Sun. The fully electric racing cars were developed at the net-carbon-neutral Weissach facility. The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team fields two Porsche 99X Electric for drivers Pascal Wehrlein and António Félix da Costa. The Porsche customer team Andretti Formula E will also tackle the race with two Porsche 99X Electric. The drivers for US motorsport legend Michael Andretti’s racing team are world champion Jake Dennis and Norman Nato.

Thanks to his second pole position this season and fourth place at the São Paulo race two weeks ago, Pascal Wehrlein is on the verge of taking the lead in the drivers’ classification of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The Porsche works driver, who finished in the points in Brazil for the 15th consecutive time, ranks second overall with 53 points, only four points behind the leader Nick Cassidy (NZL). Jake Dennis lies fifth with 38 points with Norman Nato following in 13th place with nine points. António Félix da Costa ranks 15th with eight points. In the team classification, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team has advanced to second place with 61 points behind Jaguar (96 points). Andretti Formula E is fifth with 47 points.

Comments on the Tokyo E-Prix
Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E: « Despite Pascal’s pole position and our good points haul in São Paulo, we weren’t able to do everything that would’ve been possible. We want to do better in Tokyo so that we can advance even further with both vehicles – and on a completely different circuit and at much lower temperatures. Competing in Tokyo will be a highlight for Formula E. Motor racing fans in Japan are particularly enthusiastic. With so many of them rooting for us, we definitely want to repay their incredible support with a strong performance. »

Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche works driver (#94): « The race in Tokyo promises to be a real highlight. We’re all excited about visiting the country and the city – and of course, seeing the absolutely brilliant Japanese racing fans. After the long break, São Paulo was a positive start to the season for us. We earned critical points for pole position and fourth place, which is very motivating for the busy weeks ahead. It means we spend a lot of time in the car and do a lot of racing – and that’s great. »

António Félix da Costa, Porsche works driver (#13): « At the race in São Paulo, it was good to see that we could match the pace of the front-runners. We now want to take this momentum with us to Tokyo. It’s always great to get to know new cities and circuits. Tokyo is certainly one of the coolest cities in the world. We look forward to bringing the excitement of Formula E to Japanese fans. »

The racetrack
The new 2.582-kilometre street circuit runs along the Tokyo waterfront. Featuring 20 turns, the track leads around the Big Sight Convention Centre, with the Tokyo Gate Bridge in the background. It is a typical Formula E street circuit with 90-degree corners and several long straights. It’ll be driven in an anti-clockwise direction.

Yannick Bizter,