Jaguar leaps back with 2016 Formula E entry

Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:23am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Jaguar will leap back on to the world motorsport stage next year with the British luxury car brand announcing on Tuesday it was entering the Formula E electric racing series.

"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, JLR's Group Engineering Director.

"In the next decade we will see more changes in the automotive world than in the last 30," he added at a news conference in London's Shard tower.

"We believe electrification is the future."

Williams Advanced Engineering, part of the group that includes former Formula One world champions Williams, will be technical partners to the Indian-owned company and much of the team's work will be done at their Grove factory.

Williams chief executive Mike O'Driscoll is a former managing director of Jaguar, leading the company through the sale to Tata Motors in 2008.

Jaguar also partnered with Williams on the development of their C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept car.

The decision to enter Formula E, facilitated by the Italian Trulli team already giving up one of the 10 slots, will be Jaguar's biggest motorsport involvement since the then Ford-owned brand departed Formula One at the end of 2004.   Continued...

A 2015 F-Type Jaguar V8 S convertible is seen during preparations for the 2014 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson