Jaguar returns to racing with Formula E
For many the name Jaguar is synonymous with motorsports, but there hasn't been an official Jaguar race car in over a decade. That's all about to change.
Jaguar has announced that it will return to world motorsports with the FIA Formula E series. This series races open-wheeled, open cockpit electric cars around city centres across the world. Now in its third season, Formula E races, each dubbed an 'ePrix', have taken place in Beijing, Miami, Paris, London and Moscow.
Each Formula E car weighs 880kg and is powered by a 200kW motor - roughly equivalent to 270hp - with sufficient charge from the 230kg battery pack to run for around half an hour. As the races are in the region of 50 minutes in length, each driver must make a pitstop during the race and change cars! A 'fanboost' system awards extra battery power to the driver voted as the fan's favourite for that race - 100kJ that the driver can use in the second half of the race at their discretion.
FIA Formula E gives Jaguar Land Rover the opportunity to research and develop EV powertrains further, with its partner Williams Advanced Engineering. Jaguar and Williams have previously worked together on the Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept car.
Jaguar is no stranger to racing success of course. Through the C-Type and D-Type sports cars of the 1950s and the V12 Group C prototypes in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Jaguar brand has won the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times and the XJ saloons were hugely successful in touring car racing in the 1980s. The last factory racing effort was in the fastest circuit racing motorsport in the world, when Jaguar ran its own Formula One team from 2000-2004 - achieving 59 top ten finishes in its 85 races.
The Jaguar Formula E car will bring the famous leaper back to the race track when it debuts in September at the first round of the 2016-17 FIA Formula E season.