Jaguar Racng unveils its 2018/19 Formula E challenger
Panasonic Jaguar Racing has launched its Season Five challenger for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on the eve of the all-electric single seater series’ next generation of racing.
Joining Formula E for the start of Season Three, Jaguar Racing heads into the 2018/19 campaign following two full seasons of experience, which has seen it steadily rise up the standings.
With its first season marking a difficult campaign, Jaguar began to mature as a unit last season, finishing in sixth place in the Teams’ Standings after taking its maiden podium finish in Hong Kong and securing its first pole position starting spot at the inaugural Zurich E-Prix.
Team boss James Barclay is hopeful that the effective reset to zero for every team means Jaguar start on an equal footing and head into the new season full of confidence.
"Panasonic Jaguar Racing have made great progress during our short time in Formula E. We expect that the introduction of the new Generation 2 Formula E racecar and revised sporting regulations will result in a very close season of racing," he said.
"It effectively means that all teams started from the same point and at the same time.
"We believe we are the first team to develop our powertrain entirely in-house, this gives us ultimate control in terms of design and development and hope this will put us at a competitive advantage.
"The technology is moving at an incredibly fast rate, and the new Generation 2 car will be an important test bed to help develop and drive performance of our future battery electric vehicles."
For Season Five, the team will maintain the same driver lineup, with Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr partnering one another for the coming championship.
Piquet Jr: "Having been in the championship since day one I’ve developed as a driver with the technology and evolution of the Formula, and it’s amazing to see how fast things have changed. The Jaguar I-TYPE 3 is a new animal, with its own challenges and intricacies. The new chassis is larger and faster than our previous racecars so it will be very interesting to see how that impacts racing around the tight street circuits."
Evans: "Last season was our best to date and I scored some personal records including our first podium in Hong Kong and pole position in Zurich. The team have worked really hard in to make sure the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 will be competitive. We want to be fighting at the front of the grid in every race. We showed signs of this last season and have higher expectations for Season 5."
Pre-season testing for the 2018/19 campaign will commence on October 16 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain, while the first race of the 13-round season will be held on December 15 at Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.