Porsche hires ex-Audi to lead Formula E team

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A former technical director of the ABT Sportsline organization will lead Porsche’s Formula E team as they aim for a first victory in the all-electric class this season.

A source has confirmed to The Race that Florian Modlinger will take up his new role next week, leading the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team as it enters its third season in the World Championship.

Official confirmation is expected ahead of the opening races in Riyadh later this month.

The 40-year-old effectively replaces Pascal Zurlinden, although the structure of Porsche’s management of its racing programs has recently changed.

Zurlinden left the post last November shortly after Porsche’s new vice president of motorsport, Thomas Laudenbach, joined the company to replace recently retired Fritz Enzinger.

Modlinger is expected to take overall responsibility for the management of the Formula E project, with Amiel Lindesay and Carlo Wiggers retaining their roles as chief operating officer and director of team and business management respectively.

Porsche will divide the old responsibilities that Zurlinden previously had into individual roles in the company’s main factory programs in Formula E, LMDh and GTE.

Porsche Formula E Valencia test drive

Former Sauber engineer Urs Kuratle was announced in December as the new program manager for the upcoming LMDh project, which will make its public debut in 2023. Alexander Stehlig will continue to lead the 911 RSR business with the two-car entry into FIA WEC, albeit now as overall project manager. rather than chief operating officer.

Modlinger’s transfer, which is Laudenbach’s first major appointment since taking over last October, comes as Porsche seeks a first Formula E win, and will be seen as a significant appointment, especially in circles. German motorsport.

Prior to leading ABT’s technical programs from 2017, Modlinger held various positions for Audi, including engineering Mathias Ekstrom for the DTM and World Rallycross titles.

Florian Modlinger Mattias Ekstrom Audi DTM

As technical director of ABT, he worked for several seasons in Formula E, joining Audi Sport when it officially entered the championship in 2017 and winning the team title that season.

“There is no doubt that we have what it takes to win races, the highlights of the past season have shown that very clearly,” Laudenbach said last month.

“Over the past few months, our development team in Weissach has made all the changes allowed by the regulations and we are firmly convinced that the Porsche 99X Electric will be able to lead the pack in the coming season.”

The TAG-Heuer Porsche Formula E team was unable to confirm Modlinger’s appointment when approached by The Race this week.

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