Jaguar Land Rover confirms the entry for its Jaguar brand into the Formula E Championship with an aim to test its electric technologies for the development of future “green” cars.
Recent reports were showing Jaguar plans to return to motorsport and the British brand has just confirmed the rumours. In the autumn of 2016, Jaguar will enter the third season of the FIA Formula E Championship as a manufacturer with its own team, the world’s first global single-seater championship for electric powered cars. Formula E will offer a unique opportunity for Jaguar Land Rover to further develop future EV powertrain including motor and battery technology, the company said in a statement. “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,” James Barclay, Jaguar Team Director, said. “The championship will enable us to engineer and test our advanced technologies under extreme performance conditions,” JLR Group Engineering Director Nick Rogers added.
Williams Advanced Engineering will be Technical Partner to the Jaguar Formula E Team and provide motorsport know-how and performance EV Systems. Jaguar Land Rover has a long term relationship with Williams, who partnered with Jaguar on the development of the Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept car. The team entry has been granted by Formula E and approved by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Some recent rumours already indicate that after pulling the wraps off its first ever SUV, the F-Pace, earlier this year, the British based brand is looking to offer an all-electric version of the vehicle as well, a vehicle that will be called the E-Pace.