In 2016, Jaguar took the wraps off its new electric motorsport future, revealing its Formula E team’s official name, vision, title sponsor, driver line-up and electric racing livery. Starting that October, Panasonic Jaguar Racing joined the third FIA Formula E season with the first all-electric Jaguar racing car in history: the I-TYPE 1.
At the launch event at the Jaguar Collections Centre, the new I-TYPE 1 made a dramatic debut driven by the team’s official reserve driver Ho-Pin Tung and outlining the brands commitment to ‘Race To Innovate’ – a mission to change the perception of electric vehicles, to develop new electric technology and to inspire future generations.
Jaguar detailed its partnership with Panasonic that saw the leading electronics and automotive technology company partner with the Jaguar Racing Formula E team to develop a future that promises to push the boundaries of electric technology in a performance environment.
We are now entering Formula E season five and this page will keep you up-to-date with our racing progress.
Dateline Riyadh - December 15th 2018:
Panasonic Jaguar Racing started their third season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Riyadh and kicked off a season of firsts for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, with a new car and new support series also launching.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing drivers Nelson Piquet Jr and Mitch Evans raced in the all-new, faster Jaguar I-TYPE 3. This season, each E-Prix is a timed race, lasting 45 minutes plus one lap – making the team’s strategies more difficult and the races unpredictable. This season, Panasonic Jaguar Racing has developed and built a new powertrain entirely in-house. With improved efficiency and comparable weight to the I-TYPE 2, the new powertrain is 25 per cent more powerful and produces up to 250KwH (335PS). The state-of-the-art Motor Generator Unit runs in excess of 30 000rpm, more than double a 2018 F1 car. The all-new Jaguar I-TYPE 3 has more than 800 new parts compared to last season’s race car showcasing the development in electric vehicle technology.
They got off to an electric start with a double points finish for Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Kiwi Mitch Evans battled inclement weather, a challenging track and bad luck in qualifying to finish fourth, narrowly missing out on a podium position. His Brazilian team mate Nelson Piquet Jr. fought for a valuable point to finish tenth.
The new Ad Diriyah track provided a tricky challenge for all drivers. Rain disrupted the free practice sessions which placed further importance on qualifying. Both Jaguar drivers were adversely penalised by a practice crash and were unable to complete flat out 250kW qualifying laps. Despite this Mitch Evans, with the aid of the new Attack Mode power boost, was able to make up four places from eighth place on the grid.
Said Evans: “A busy race after limited time on track but it was good fun. It is a shame not to give the team the podium they deserved but we were hampered by some bad luck in qualifying, which is so key in Formula E. I enjoyed using the Attack Mode and it brings a unique element to the race.”
Dateline Marrakesh - January 12th 2019:
The second race of season five showed pace, performance but only delivered a couple of points for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Marrakesh. Mitch Evans started the day well with a fantastic drive in FP2, to set the fastest time. The Kiwi driver qualified into Super Pole with a P6 time and started the race in P5 due to a penalty for Antonio Felix da Costa. His team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr. also qualified in the top ten in P9.
With both drivers starting on the right side of the grid they were forced off the circuit to avoid a first corner incident and while they survived to remain in the race they lost ten places avoiding the melee. Mitch also incurred mechanical damage to his rear diffuser when the Mahindra of Pascal Wehrlein made contact with the back of his Jaguar I-TYPE3. The New Zealander showed great pace and competitive energy management to climb back up the order, despite a damaged car, to secure ninth place and two valuable points. Nelson also gained five places and eventually finished in 14th.