Jaguar will return to global racing next year with a works Formula E program. The British car manufacturer will compete in the third season of the FIA Formula E Championship 2016. Jaguar will take over the entry vacated by the outgoing Trulli racing team for the 2016-17 seasons. FIA Formula One is the world's first global single-seater championship for electric-powered vehicles. The prestigious event offers a great opportunity for Jaguar company to further the development of its future EV powertrain including battery technology and electric motors.
Leading up to the prestigious race event, the company is readying an all-electric race car that will help further its EV technology for future vehicles. Jaguar is teaming up with Williams Advanced Engineering (sister company of William F1 team) for the Jaguar Formula E program. The two companies have already collaborated on the iconic Jaguar C-X75 supercar.
Nick Rogers, Engineering Director of Jaguar Land Rover, said in a press release, "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.”
Rogers also said that the experience gained alongside Williams on Jaguar C-X75 concept car would aid the racing team in the development of the motor, gearbox, inverter and cooling system.
Jaguar has not been involved in any top-level motorsports since withdrawing from Formula One at the end of the 2004 season. Today, Jaguar announced that it will return to the Formula One racetrack with a full factory effort, competing in FIA Formula E Championship next season.
The Jaguar Racing Team was a Formula 1 constructor that competed in the FIA Formula One World Championships from 2000 to 2004. The team was formed when Ford acquired Jackie Stewart’s Stewart Grand Prix Formula One team in June 1999. Ford renamed the team Jaguar Racing as part of its global marketing effort to promote the Jaguar brand. The Jaguar Racing team in 2000 was managed by Wolfgang Reitzle, a former head of Ford Premier Automotive Group.
Things looked good under Ford’s ownership for a while. The team received extra funding and media publicity. They also hired 1999 world championship runner-up Eddie Irvine to join former Stewart driver Johnny Herbert. But the results that season did not match the results that Stewart Formula One team had been able to achieve in 1999. And after failing to win a race, the Jaguar Racing team was sold to Red Bull, which went to win four Formula One Championships.
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