Jaguar Land Rover is expected to announce its entry into Formula E next week according to a new report by Sky News.
The new move is part of the company’s plan to manufacture electric cars in future. A new partnership with Williams Group will oversee their entry into mainstream motorsport for the first time since 2004. Williams already enjoys huge presence in Formula 1, their relationship with JLR can be traced back to the Jaguar C-X75 supercar which they helped build.
Jaguar has had a fair share of motorsport success in the past, most notably in Sports car racing where they won Le Mans 24 Hours in 1951, 1953 and 1955 to 1957 with the C-Type and D-Type. Their presence in Formula 1 began in 2000 backed by Ford and lasted till 2004 when Ford decided to pull out due to expenses and low performance.
Jaguar plans to introduce a number of electric cars to rival Tesla Motors especially the Model X. Formula E will act as their proving ground for new technologies which will also be shared with their mother company – Tata.
Introduced back in 2012, the Formula E championship held its first season in 2014 where teams raced with one type of car provided by Spark Racing Technologies in conjunction with Renault. For the second season, rules allowed different manufacturers to make their own powertrains including Venturi, Renault, Citroen, Mahindra and Abt.