The Jaguar Formula E Racer will debut in October
The last time that one can remember Jaguar celebrating at motorsport was in 1991 when the Jaguar XJR-14 went on to win the World Supercar Championship. Tom Walkinshaw’s TWR (the same company responsible to develop the engine for the Jaguar XJ220) team partnering with Jaguar was their last successful attempt in racing in international events during the 80s and early 90s; after which a few unsuccessful seasons in Formula 1 saw the end of Jaguar’s relation with motorsport in 2004. Now in 2016, 12-years after the company’s last footprint in racing, Jaguar will return to motorsport, but with the oddest of twists. The British automaker has partnered with Panasonic to compete in the all-electric Formula E Championship.
The Jaguar Formula E all-electric racing car – the I-Type 1 would be make its racing debut in Honk Kong at the opening race of the third Formula E season on October 9, 2015, while the team has already successfully completed 21-days of testing at the Donington Park Circuit. Behind the wheel of the I-Type 1 would be drivers Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans, while having Ho-Pin Tung as the reserve driver. Panasonic would play a crucial role in the Jaguar Formula E team as they will provide their engineering knowhow in electronics.
This might be the start of great things to come for the British manufacturer, as based on their learnings from Formula E racing, the company would eventually get on to develop technologies for their road-going cars. The knowledge from racing an all-electric vehicle would enable Jaguar to develop hybrid powertrains for their next generation of road cars.