Jaguar has announced its returns to the global motorsport. Jaguar will be participating in the third season of the FIA Formula E Championship as a manufacturer with its own team. The drivers and the partners are yet to be announced. The Formula E Championship is the first ever global single-seater racing event for electric powered cars.
Nick Rogers, Group Engineering Director for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “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.”
Jaguar E Team will be drawing the technical support from the Williams Advanced Engineering. These two players had already partnered in the development of the Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept car.
James Barclay, Jaguar Team Director, said: “We looked in detail at alternative ways of returning to motorsport. This was such an important decision for Jaguar and we wanted to get it right. With our future EV plans, Formula E was the obvious choice and we believe that the benefits are enormous.”