Andre Lotterer will make his Formula E debut with the Techeetah Formula E squad for the 2017-18 campaign alongside the retained Jean-Eric Vergne.

Porsche factory driver and three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Lotterer is gearing up for his maiden season in the all-electric series and will race for the Chinese squad with Vergne who joined the team last season from DS Virgin Racing – with the French driver taking his maiden win in the championship at the 2016-17 season finale in Montreal.

Lotterer is relishing his Formula E debut in Hong Kong in December and is eager to get up to speed despite having just three pre-season test days to prepare.

“I’m honoured and proud to join TECHEETAH to make my Formula E debut,” Lotterer said. “Formula E has been the most exciting motor racing series in recent years.

“TECHEETAH made a very big impression last season beating a number of manufacturer teams, and I’m looking forward to working with Jean-Eric Vergne and everyone in TECHEETAH to start this new chapter in my racing career.”

Ivan Yim, managing director of Techeetah, is keen to maintain the team’s momentum from the end of last season – having secured five rostrums including Vergne’s win across the final four races – in order to climb the teams’ championship in 2017-18.

“Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer will form one of the strongest driver line-ups in Formula E,” Yim said. “I'm sure our two drivers will push each other to new levels of performance. Andre’s track record and experience with some of motorsport’s most significant factory teams brings immense value as we push our own development in both the medium and long-term.

“With only three test days available to us as a private team, we'll be looking to Andre to adapt quickly to the format and car. The intent is clear; we're putting a quick driver together with the team's proven Renault Sport powertrain.

“With the all-new season five car on the horizon, we’re confident that season four will assist Andre in being well-prepared along with Jean-Eric to mount a solid challenge for the championship.

“TECHEETAH scored the most points of any team in the last four races in season three. We hope to continue this upward trajectory in the coming season with Andre and Jean-Eric. That's the plan.”