► Jaguar I-type electric race car unveiled
► Formula E racer underpins EV push
► Full details, pictures of the e-Jag
Jaguar’s much-trumpeted return to competitive motorsport is complete with the unveiling of its new Formula E racer, wearing the somewhat inevitable tag of I-type 1.
Shown in public for the first time following Formula E testing at Donington Park, the I-type 1 was driven by reserve team driver Ho Pin Tung alongside former A1GP champion Adam Carroll and New Zealander Mitch Evans. The event also announced the lead sponsor as electronics giant Panasonic with the team to run under the name Panasonic Jaguar Racing.
James Barclay, team director, held back from making bullish predictions for Jaguar’s first season in motorsport since 2004. 'We know that the challenge will be strong – our competitors have a two-year head start,' he told assembled reporters.
'We will be keeping our expectations in check in our first season. Ultimately we’re here to win but we’re here to innovate too.'
Why is Jaguar entering Formula E?
Jaguar will use its Formula E endeavours to push its EV road car strategy, starting with its planned electric crossover in 2018. JLR’s executive director of product engineering Nick Rogers is clear about the I-type’s role in future Jaguar electric road cars.
'Will the Formula E car carry hardware that appears in road cars?' he said. 'Of course no, but so many of the factors are directly relevant; thermal management, the bushings and magnet location in the electric motors. It’s all about transferring power to the road as efficiently as possible.'
When can I see the Jaguar I-type in (silent) action?
The I-Type will make its race debut on 8 October 2016 in Hong Kong, the opening round of the 2016 season.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing were seventh fastest on the opening day of the Donington with Carroll behind the wheel.