The big news in Formula E today was the announcement that an all-new Jaguar team would be joining the field next season, marking the brand’s first foray into major international motorsports since a more-or-less failed effort in F1. What may be interesting to more seasoned motorsports fans, however, is who is actually behind the newly announced team: Williams.
That’s right- the same Williams Formula 1 team that took Renault engines to dominance in the 1990s and were the brains behind the stunning Jaguar C-X75 concept car from a few years ago. Williams was also instrumental in the development of Porsche and even other carmakers’ hybrids.
Here’s the report, from GrandPrix.com:
F1 team Williams will run a new Formula E outfit for Jaguar Land Rover, the Indian-owned British carmaker. Williams “will be responsible for the operational running of the Jaguar Formula E race team”, the Oxfordshire based team announced on Tuesday.
“We are delighted that they have chosen Williams Advanced Engineering as their technical partner in this new and high profile chapter in Jaguar’s racing history,” said Williams’ Craig Wilson.
Williams already supplies the all-important batteries to Formula E, the FIA’s electric single seater series.
Jaguar Formula E Race Car
Source | Images: Jaguar, via GrandPrix.com.