Porsche LMP1 and Super Formula driver Andre Lotterer has signed to Techeetah to partner Jean-Eric Vergne in what team boss Ivan Yim calls “one of the series'” strongest pairings.
Speaking about his signing, Lotterer said “I am honoured and proud to join TECHEETAH to make my Formula-E debut. 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 am looking forward to working with JEV and everyone in TECHEETAH to start this new chapter in my racing career.”
This is a substantial change from the end of season two, when Lotterer called Formula E ‘more philosophy than sport’ after attending the London ePrix.
Speaking to Motorsport.com at the end of season two, Lotterer said “It’s not very impressive seeing the cars drive by, but that we all know.
“I don’t think it’s exciting to drive. It’s not a sport, it’s a political thing – and if you want to be involved in that sense…you cannot compare it to other racing. It’s a philosophy.’
Techeetah’s team boss Yim said “Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer will form one of the strongest driver line ups in Formula E. 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.”
The Renault-powered team are the only customer team in the Formula E championship, finally taking a win at race two in Montreal last year.