Jaguar today announced its return to global motorsport. Starting from season 3, the the car manufacturer will enter a team in the FIA Formula E Championship and is likely to replace the withdrawn Trulli Team. Williams Advanced Engineering will be Technical Partner to the Jaguar Formula E Team.
“I am proud to announce Jaguar’s return to racing with an entry into the innovative FIA Formula E championship,” said Nick Rogers, Group Engineering Director for Jaguar Land Rover. “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.
“It is my belief that over the next five years we will see more changes in the automotive world than in the last three decades. The future is about being more connected and more sustainable; electrification and lightweight technologies are becoming more important than ever as urbanisation continues to increase. Formula E has recognised and reacted to these trends and the championship’s exciting and pioneering approach is the perfect fit for our brand.”
James Barclay, Jaguar Team Director, added: “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. The FIA and the promoter have exciting plans for the future of the championship and we are proud to be one of the first vehicle manufacturers to commit to the series with our own team. We have a lot of work to do ahead of the first race but it is a challenge we relish. We hope that we can welcome a new generation of fans to Jaguar through this exciting programme.”
After failing scrutineering in Beijing and Putrajaya, the Trulli Formula E Team announced that it will withdrawn from the series. The team, co-owned by former Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli, struggled with its new technology already since the pre-season tests. The exit of the team opens up the opportunity for a new manufacturer.