Porsche is aiming to get its first electric single-seater car on-track for testing in early 2019 ahead of its entry to Formula E for its sixth season.

Porsche announced back in July it would be closing its successful LMP1 programme at the end of the year in order to turn its focus to Formula E, becoming the latest manufacturer to sign up for the all-electric series.

The German marque bid farewell to the premier class of sports car racing at the FIA World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain last month, with the Porsche 919 Hybrid turning its final competitive laps.

The bulk of the LMP team will remain intact for now, turning its focus to the Formula E entry, as confirmed at Porsche's Night of Champions over the weekend.

"The Porsche LMP Team will spend 2018 concentrating on its new mission: its successful entry into Formula E. The start takes place in season six, beginning at the end of 2019," a statement from Porsche reads.

"Until then, the team will design, develop and test a complete powertrain. The first steps were already taken in 2017, with the concrete implementation of the concept taking place next year.

"The first test drives with the finished Formula E race car from Porsche are scheduled for early 2019."

Porsche is poised to make its Formula E race debut in the winter of 2019 at the start of the series' sixth season, coinciding with Mercedes' entry to the championship.

Two Porsche factory drivers are already racing in the series, with Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani both making their race debuts in Hong Kong at the beginning of December.


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