Panasonic Jaguar Racing unveiled their season five challenger in London today, named the I-TYPE 3, which will contest season five of the ABB Formula E Championship and will be piloted by continuing drivers Nelson Piquet Jr and Mitch Evans, while Ho-Pin Tung also stays on as the reserve driver.
Jaguar, who is entering its third season in the all-electric series, took the covers off the I-TYPE 3 at a VIP launch in Kensington, London, and boasts an in-house built powertrain and a power output of 250kW. The British team is hoping to continue their success story in the all-electric series.
Team Principal James Barclay acknowledged the progress that the team made in season four but hopes to put “missed opportunities” behind him as they aim to achieve better results in season five.
“Clearly there were some missed opportunities last season, but also some real highlights,” said Barclay. “Now it’s all good progress – more to come!
“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. 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.
“It’s fantastic to have Nelson and Mitch on board again and ensure consistency in our driver line-up. The combined knowledge, experience and speed of both drivers will help us achieve our goal to be in the points in every race and fighting for podiums.”
The team will field an unchanged line up consisting of Piquet and Evans, with the former amazed at the progression at not only Jaguar, but the series itself.
“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, who took the team’s first podium and pole position last season, added: “Last season was our best to date and I scored some personal records including our first podium in Hong Kong and pole position in Zürich.
“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.”
The Jaguar I-TYPE 3 in facts and figures
Over 1000 new parts
Advanced MGU rpm: 30,000 (double that of a Formula 1 car)
New powertrain 25% more efficient and produces up to 250kW
The Jaguar I-TYPE 3 in pictures