Jaguar returns to motorsport with team entry in Formula E; Williams Advanced Engineering technical partner
Jaguar is returning to global motorsport with a team entry in the FIA Formula E Championship in the autumn of 2016. The company said that FIA Formula E—the first global single-seater championship for electric-powered cars—offers a unique opportunity for Jaguar Land Rover to further the development of future EV powertrain including motor and battery technology.
Williams Advanced Engineering will be Technical Partner to the Jaguar Formula E Team and provide extensive motorsport knowledge, combined with high performance EV Systems experience and success. Jaguar Land Rover has a long term relationship with Williams, who partnered with Jaguar on the development of the Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept car. (Earlier post.)
The team entry has been granted by Formula E and approved by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Williams Advanced Engineering will be responsible for the operational running of the Jaguar Formula E race team. Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, will take on the role of Race Director for the team.
Williams has extensive Formula E experience as the sole supplier of the batteries that power the cars in the Championship. This has included on event technical support to each team—a role that will now transfer to Spark Racing Technologies for season 3 onwards.
I am proud to announce Jaguar’s return to racing with an entry into the innovative FIA Formula E championship. 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.—Nick Rogers, Group Engineering Director for Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar said it will provide more details on its return to racing including team presentation, drivers and partners in the run-up to season three.