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Jaguar Breaks Electric Hill Climb Record

Evans, Jaguar break a long-standing electric hill climb record with Formula E car…

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing broke the electric vehicle record with its I-Type 2 Formula E car at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in England on Sunday.

Mitch Evans posted a record-setting time of 30.46 seconds at the car’s first public run in the UK.

The event was held on a damp track but his time still eclipsed the previous electric record, set in 2011, by almost seven seconds.

Jaguar completed multiple runs on the 113-year-old venue as part of a special initiative conceived by its technology partner GKN Driveline.

“I honestly didn’t expect it to be as tricky and as much of a challenge as it really was,” Evans told e-racing365.

“It’s not that I underestimated it, but the only thing like it I have experienced is the Goodwood climb which is interesting but here it is narrower and you have grass banks at the side.

“In the damp it was tricky but good fun. If it was bone dray I could have taken a few seconds off definitely but I was fairly happy with how it went.”

Evans believes that the event, which was streamed live on YouTube, provided an interesting platform for enthusiasts to understand more about electric engineering in motorsport.

“It was a great showcase for the technology in Formula E and how Jaguar is applying it,” he said.

“To come to a place like Shelsley Walsh with so much heritage is pretty cool and I think it has been really well received.

“It’s a bit of an honour actually to come here and be involved in this project and to inform people about this new technology and a new way of racing.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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