TODAY is a very special day for Jaguar as it announces its return return to global motor sport, and what a return it will be.
In the spring of 2016 (in time for the 2016/17 Championship), Jaguar will enter the third season of the exciting FIA Formula E Championship as a manufacturer with its own team.
FIA Formula E is the world’s first global single-seater championship for electric powered cars, and offers a unique opportunity for Jaguar Land Rover to further the development of future EV powertrain including motor and battery technology.
“I am proud to announce Jaguar’s return to racing with an entry into the innovative FIA Formula E championship. Electric vehicles will absolutely play a role in Jaguar Land Rover’s future product portfolio and Formula E will give us a unique opportunity to further our development of electrification technologies. The Championship will enable us to engineer and test our advanced technologies under extreme performance conditions,” Nick Rogers (Group Engineering Director for Jaguar Land Rover) said.
“It is my belief that over the next five years we will see more changes in the automotive world than in the last three decades. The future is about being more connected and more sustainable; electrification and lightweight technologies are becoming more important than ever as urbanisation continues to increase. Formula E has recognised and reacted to these trends and the championship’s exciting and pioneering approach is the perfect fit for our brand.”
Williams Advanced Engineering will be Technical Partner to the Jaguar Formula E Team and provide extensive motor sport knowledge, combined with high performance EV Systems experience and success. Jaguar Land Rover has a long term relationship with Williams, who partnered with Jaguar on the development of the Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept car. The team entry has been granted by Formula E and approved by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
Alejandro Agag, Chief Executive Officer for Formula E, said the series was delighted to welcome Jaguar into Formula E.
“Jaguar is a brand with a rich sporting heritage and the fact that it is returning to global motorsport with Formula E is a huge endorsement of the championship and its ability to influence the development of electric cars. Jaguar brings with it a passionate fan base that will drive the popularity of the championship across the world and once again shows that Formula E is the future of motor sport.”