The 2016-17 season of the FIA Formula E Championship will mark Jaguar’s return to motorsport racing as a manufacturer team. Entry into the third season of the world’s first global single-seater championship for electric powered cars is a unique opportunity for the brand to progress electric vehicle powertrain.
Group Engineering Director for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Nick Rogers, stated: ‘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 test our advanced technologies under extreme performance conditions.’
As the UK’s leading research and development investor, JLR’s Formula E entry strengthens its commitment to British engineering, with the Championship able to provide a real-world performance test bed for future advancements, including motor and battery technology.
Jaguar is yet to pick its full team, with several potential drivers lined up for its inaugural season of the all-electric series, but vehicle progress is certainly being made alongside Technical Partner Williams Advanced Engineering, with a homologated powertrain being shown to the FIA at the end of May before submission for final sign-off in June.
CEO for Formula E, Alejandro Agag, commented on the news: ‘We are 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 within 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 motorsport.’
View Jaguar’s launch film here to get revved up for the start of the brand’s first Formula E season, starting this autumn, where you’ll be able to see first-hand how JLR can push the boundaries of electric technology in a performance environment.