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Jaguar debuts in Formula E with three-car lineup

JAGUAR has unwrapped its Formula E contender to reveal its Formula E team’s official name, vision, title sponsor, driver line-up and electric racing livery.

From next October, Panasonic Jaguar Racing will compete in the third FIA Formula E season with the first all-electric Jaguar racing car in history: the I-TYPE 1.

The team drivers will be Northern Irishman Adam Carroll, 33, who carried out the bulk of Panasonic Jaguar’s Formula E testing duties; talented New Zealander Mitch Evans, 22, who competed in the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 2nd in class in 2015. In 2016 he has competed in the GP2 Series for Campos Racing; and China’s Ho Pin Tung, 33, who brings real-world Formula E experience to the team, having competed in three races in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship.

Jaguar detailed its partnership with Panasonic that will see the leading electronics and automotive technology company partner with the Jaguar Racing Formula E team to develop a future that promises to push the boundaries of electric technology in a performance environment. In addition, Jaguar was pleased to announce Lear Corporation will join the team as an Official Team Partner.

Gerd Mäuser, Chairman of Panasonic Jaguar Racing said: “Today marks a new chapter in the history of Jaguar Racing. As the first premium car manufacturer in Formula E we are proud to be back in top-level motorsport. The future is changing and we’re part of that change. We can’t wait to begin racing competitively in inner city locations inspiring a whole new generation of @JaguarRacing fans to join us on this exciting journey. Formula E is the perfect platform to inspire the next generation.”

Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, underlined the important role Formula E will play in developing next generation electric vehicle technology and the importance of electric vehicles in Jaguar Land Rover’s future product portfolio.

Rogers said: “Over the next five years we will see more changes in the automotive world than in the last three decades. The championship will enable us to engineer and test our advanced technologies under extreme performance conditions. We will apply this vital knowledge as part of our real world development. At Jaguar Land Rover we employ 9,000 engineers and the team will draw on these engineers to extract data and push the boundaries of electric technology in a race environment.”

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team has successfully completed 21 days of testing, up to and including the last Formula E public test, which finished at Donington Park Circuit yesterday.

Pushing out up to 200kw (270bhp) through a bespoke electric powertrain, bolted to a super-light carbon-fibre honeycomb chassis, the I-TYPE delivers precision handling and eye-watering acceleration to take on the cut-throat city-centre-circuits of Formula E.

The I-TYPE is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds. Optimised for the ultimate balance of power and efficiency its 200kw (270bhp) motor delivers instant torque, and is also used to regenerate energy during braking, returning it to the battery and extending the car’s range.