Porsche rumoured to be interested in Formula E battery supply

Porsche are the latest name to be linked with a bid to become the battery supplier for Formula E.

The German car giant would join Panasonic, Mahindra, McLaren and DS along with current supplier Williams Advanced Engineering in bidding to becoming the sole battery supplier for the series.

A team of independent experts has been selected by the FIA to decide who should supply teams from 2018 onwards.

Motorsport.com are reporting that the deal could include ‘significant ‘ marketing rights, which are believed to have peaked Porche’s interests.

They were recently given responsibility for developing battery technology for the whole VW group, and combined with their experience in running the 919 hybrid LMP1 car in WEC it makes them a strong candidate for the contract.

While Motorsport.com reports that Porsche are not considering entering a team at present, they have recently explored technical partnerships with two current teams on the grid.

It adds another major name to the list of manufacturers looking to increase their involvement with the championship, with BMW, Audi, Renault, Citroen and Jaguar already working in the series.

The announcement on who will be awarded the contract is expected to be made before the opening round of the 2016/17 championship in Hong Kong at the beginning of next month.