Jaguar launch Formula E challenger for 2017 season
British manufacturer Jaguar revealed its first all-electric racing car, which is to compete in the 2016/17 Formula E world championship.
The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team unveiled the I-TYPE 1 at the Jaguar Collections Centre and this is Jaguar's first racing car since 2004, when the team competed in Formula One.
British driver Adam Carroll and Australia's Mitch Evans will be the team's driver for the upcoming season, with Chinese driver Ho-Pin Tung appointed official reserve driver.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing's chairman Gerd Mäuser 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 Jaguar Racing fans to join us on this exciting journey. Formula E is the perfect platform to inspire the next generation."
Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover was excited for what the future holds for Jaguar Racing and thinks this will help to develop electric-powered vehicles for JLR.
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 team has completed 21 days of testing before the new season, including the final public Formula E test that was hosted at Donington Park Circuit.
Written by Jack Healy