The Jaguar I-TYPE 1 racing car has been revealed and serves as Jaguar’s first all-electric racer and marks the company’s return to global motorsport. Panasonic have been announced as the official title partner with the driver line-up mixing youth and experience with Adam Carroll, Mitch Evans and reserve driver Ho-Pin Tung leading Jaguar’s Formula E campaign.
At the launch event at the Jaguar Collection Centre, the new I-TYPE 1 made its debut and outlined the brands intent to ‘Race to Innovate’, wanting to change the perception of electric vehicles, create new technology and also inspire future generations in what is a very young motorsport.
Jaguar’s partnership with Panasonic will also see a leading electronics and technology company partner with the Formula E team in this high performance environment. Jaguar also announced Lear Corporation will join the team as an official partner.
“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.” Commented Gerd Mäuser, Chairman of Panasonic Jaguar Racing, “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.” He continued.
James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director said, “We want to be successful on and off the track. We know the challenge will be strong – our competitors have a two-year head start. We will be keeping our expectation in check for the first season.” Despite this realism, he also makes a point of saying, “we’re here to win.”
33 year-old British racer Adam Carroll spearheads Jaguar’s Formula E campaign with fellow racer 22 year-old Mitch Evans from New Zealand. 33 year-old Ho-Pin Tung from China finishes up the line-up as the official reserve driver. Carroll expressed his opinion on what it meant to him to be racing for Jaguar, “It’s a real privilege to be racing for Jaguar in Formula E. You only have to be looking at the calibre of the other drivers in the series to see the love of competitiveness and prestige that this championship now has. To drive for Jaguar is a dream come true.”
Panasonic Jaguar Racing is set to make its debut in Hong Kong in the opening race of the third FIA Formula E season on Sunday 9 October 2016.