Jaguar enters 2016 FIA Formula E with own team
16 December 2015
Jaguar has announced its return to global motorsport. In the autumn of 2016, the company will enter the third season of the FIA Formula E Championship as a manufacturer with its own team.
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Formula E is the world's first global single-seater championship for electric powered cars.
"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," says Nick Rogers, group engineering director for Jaguar Land Rover. "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."
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. The team entry has been granted by Formula E and approved by the FIA.