Jaguar Land Rover officially announces the long-term continuation of its Formula E commitment. When the technologically refreshed Generation 3 cars make their debut at the start of the 2022/23 season, Jaguar Racing will once again be represented by two electric racers.
Jaguar Land Rover is now the sixth manufacturer to make a long-term commitment to Formula E, following Porsche, Nissan, Mahindra, DS Automobiles and Nio. Going forward, the Jaguar Racing team will continue to rely on the support of Williams Advanced Engineering, with the racing team describing Formula E as "a real-world test lab to make progress on the future of electrification."
After Audi and BMW each announced their withdrawal from Formula E after Season 7, citing limited and, in their view, insufficient development work, JLR takes a different view, saying that as Formula E's official manufacturing team, Jaguar Racing can develop its own powertrain, which includes the engine, transmission and inverter. The ongoing commitment will help Jaguar Land Rover develop new sustainable technologies (...) and support the "Jaguar Renaissance" as an all-electric luxury brand from 2025, it says in an accompanying statement.
Briefly for context, Formula E and the FIA are currently working together to shape the Gen3 era, with a focus on bringing a new generation of technology to the grid - both "in sporting terms and with a view to the future of electric mobility". The third generation of Formula E racing cars is expected to bring performance and efficiency benefits, including more powerful and lighter cars. There will be 350kW available in qualifying mode, up from 250kW, and 300kW in normal race mode (up from 200kW). The race cars will also get an electric all-wheel braking system to recover energy even more efficiently - up to 600kW at all wheels. Work is also underway on fast-charging technology, with Gen3 cars able to recharge with up to 600kW during pit stops.
"The Generation 3 era of Formula E is an exciting new chapter for the all-electric world championship," expressed Thierry Bolloré, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, adding that Formula E already represents the perfect environment to develop and test new sustainable technologies in a very short period of time. "Jaguar Racing will not only play an important role in Jaguar's renaissance as an all-electric luxury brand, but will also help across the entire electrified Jaguar Land Rover ecosystem in our sustainable future and digital transformation. "
Incidentally, the Jaguar Racing driver is the current world championship leader, with Jaguar Racing's electric I-TYPE monoposti having claimed four wins and twelve podium finishes in 59 outings to date.