Jaguar is getting back into racing next fall, but don't expect to hear the scream of a Coventry engine when it happens. The British automaker just its entry into FIA Formula E, the all-electric open-wheel racing series.
The Jaguar Formula E team will be partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering, the same chassis and drivetrain experts that helped create the original C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept car.
"Electric vehicles will absolutely play a role in Jaguar Land Rover's future product portfolio and Formula E will give us a unique opportunity to further our development of electrification technologies," said Nick Rogers, Group Engineering Director for Jaguar Land Rover. "The Championship will enable us to engineer and test our advanced technologies under extreme performance conditions."
And just check out the TRON-style hype video Jaguar put out with the announcement:
Formula E has been a little slow to get off the ground in its first two seasons, but the series seems to be gaining some ground. Organizers have launched an autonomous racing support series called ROBORACE (seriously) to warm up the crowds ahead of Formula E races, and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been named chairman of the Formula E Sustainability Committee. Hell, even Switzerland has lifted its ban on motorsports to allow the all-electric racing series, put in place after the tragic 1955 Le Mans accident that killed more than 80 spectators.
Jaguar's first appearance on the FIA Formula E grid will take place at the start of the 2016 season next fall.