Capital Karts is excited that Jaguar is to return to motor racing with the launch of its own team in the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first single-seater event for electric-powered cars.
Jaguar has announced it will enter the FIA Formula E Championship’s third season in the autumn. The announcement pre-empts the arrival of its electric-powered Jaguar Land Rover production car.
Exciting Opportunity For Development
Directors at Jaguar believe Formula E offers an exciting opportunity to further the development of its motor and battery technology. Group engineering director for Jaguar Land Rover, Nick Rogers, said he was proud to announce Jaguar’s entry into the innovative championship.
“Electric vehicles will absolutely play a role in Jaguar Land Rover’s future product portfolio,” he said, describing Formula E as a “unique opportunity” to further the development of electrification technologies. The championship provides an opportunity to test Jaguar’s advanced technologies under extreme conditions.
Mr Rogers believes there will be more changes in the automotive world over the next five years than there have been during the past three decades.
He added that the future was about being “more connected and more sustainable”, with lightweight technologies and electrification becoming more important than ever before. He believes Formula E has recognised and reacted to this trend, with the championship’s pioneering approach being “the perfect fit” for the Jaguar brand.
Jaguar’s Return Proves Formula E’s Success
President of the FIA Jean Todt is delighted to welcome Jaguar to the FIA Formula E Championship as a new manufacturer. He said the series was launched to offer an alternative competition for manufacturers to enter the sport, developing road-relevant electric technologies.
“The choice of Jaguar to come back to motor racing with Formula E is a proof of success,” Mr Todt added, describing Jaguar as one of the most “prestigious and historical brands across the automotive industry. I wish them success ahead of their arrival.”
Formula E cars had to use common powertrain and chassis components during the first season. New powertrain providers were permitted for the second season. For Jaguar’s first year, in the 2016-17 season, battery capacities will increase from 28kWh to 32kWh and peak engine power will increase by 25% to 250kW.
The new season is expected to begin in September 2016 with a Montreal race and is tipped to include a new Hong Kong race.
Fans’ Passion Will Ensure Success
Jaguar team director James Barclay hailed it an important decision for Jaguar. He said that because of Jaguar’s future EV plans, Formula E was an obvious choice, offering enormous benefits.
Alejandro Agag, Formula E chief executive officer, described Jaguar as a brand with a “rich sporting heritage”. He said the fact that Jaguar was returning to global Motorsport through Formula E was a huge endorsement of the championship and its importance in influencing the development of electric cars.
Jaguar brought with it a “passionate” fan base that would spread the Formula E championship’s popularity across the world, added Mr Agag.
The announcement is viewed as a major boost to Formula E, with organisers firmly believing that the series is gaining increasing support.
Jaguar had not had a motor racing team since leaving Formula One in 2004 under previous owner Ford. Jaguar Land Rover now employs 8,000 engineers in the UK. It has become the largest investor in development and research in the country.