British automaker Jaguar has announced its planned return to car racing for the upcoming 2016/2017 Formula E season using their concept electric racing car, the Jaguar I-TYPE 1. This is Jaguar Racing’s first ever all-electric racer.
British racer driver Adam Carroll and New Zealand’s Mitch Evans are set to line up behind the wheel for the I-TYPES 1 first race on 9th October in Hong Kong. Chinese national Ho Pin Tung will be the Jaguar team’s reserve driver during the upcoming race.
Jaguar's entry into its first ever Formula E tournament is the clearest indication yet that the British car manufacturer is more than serious with its new electric automobile program, with Japan’s electronics giant Panasonic being named as Jaguar Racing’s title sponsor for the racing team heading to Hong Kong.
During the launch of the new Jaguar racer at the company’s new Collections Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, the racing team’s chairman Gerd Mäuser termed their entry into electric vehicle racing as marking a brand new chapter in the history of the British automaker’s racing segment. He added that their move represents an unstoppable momentum toward the world of electric cars, and that Jaguar Racing expects that more rivals will join Formula E soon.
While German auto giant Audi recently announced that they’re committed to future factory support for their ABT Schaeffler team, French automobile manufacturer Renault, as well as DS, have already established their names among racer teams expected to be competing in the Hong Kong version of the all-electric racer tournament, which is only the 3rd edition of the race series.
Jaguar is coming back to motorsport after more than a decade away from auto racing, and has a lot of hope for this all-electric racer series.
The engineering boss at Jaguar Land Rover, Nick Rogers, believes that Jaguar Racing’s team is going to impact a lot on the future of the firm’s road vehicles due to the fact that the race team is a major component of Jaguar’s product development. With the racing cars’ design technology and control systems being pushed to their absolute limits in order to build the most effective racer on the track, Rogers believes that this knowledge and experience is going to be well utilized even in the building of Jaguar’s other automobile products.