Formula E Race Car From Jaguar Begins Testing

When Formula E begins its third season this fall, Jaguar will be one of the ten teams in the field. It has taken over the defunct Trulli Racing and forged a working alliance with Williams Advanced Engineering to help it get started in the electric car racing series.

Jaguar Formula E

Williams supplies the batteries for the series. The arrangement raised some eyebrows at first, as some thought that Jaguar was just a front for Williams. But the sport’s board of governors in March issued new guidelines that limit Williams’ ability to collect data from Jaguar to further is own racing interests.

If the Jaguar Formula E car looks a lot like all the other Formula E cars, that’s because it is. All the race cars are built to the same specification. Only the motors, rear suspension, gearbox, and transmission are allowed to be different. Since those items are internal, the cars all look the same on the outside. The car was photographed at Mallory Park Racing Circuit in England.

The test car is matte grey with the phrase “#JaguarElectrifies” in bright lettering on its flanks. There are rumors that the car will be displayed in its full race livery at the Formula E season two finale in London at the beginning of next month.

Formula E is the right series at the right time. Cities around the world are clamoring to host a race and many manufacturers are anxious to join the series to showcase their electric car building skills.

Jaguar will join Citroën DS, Mahindra, Audi, Renault, and McLaren, all of which now have deep ties in the series. BMW and Nissan are rumored to be in talks to join the young racing series as well.

Formula E is only in its second full season, but already it is nearly as popular as Formula One. The technology in the senior racing series no longer has any connection to road cars and is beginning to be seen by many fans as simply irrelevant. Formula E, on the other hand, is highly relevant to the emerging world of automobiles with electric powertrains.

Source: The Verge  Photo credit: Autosport

Steve Hanley

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