Panasonic Jaguar Racing launched the I-Type 3, its first Formula E car with a powertrain designed and constructed entirely in-house by the British manufacturer, in London on Wednesday.
The car sees Jaguar use its own technical capabilities rather than outside specialist suppliers, with the team aiming to consolidate the progress it made in the 2017-18 season.
Previous iterations of Jaguar Formula E cars are believed to have used key components from Hewland and U.S.-based MTS, although Jaguar is still working with Williams Advanced Engineering.
The I-Type 3 will debut in Riyadh for the start of the 2018-19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season in December.
The team says that all its components, which consist of the motor generator unit, silicon carbide module invertor, transmission, cooling system, suspension, motor control unit and new powertrain control software, have all been developed in house.
It says the new powertrain produces up to 250 kW, and has in excess of 800 new parts compared to the outgoing model.
“We expect that the introduction of the new Generation 2 Formula E race car and revised sporting regulations will result in a very close season of racing,” said team principal James Barclay.
“The technology is moving at an incredibly fast rate, and the new Generation 2 car will be an important test bed to help develop and drive performance of our future battery electric vehicles.”
Piquet, Evans Remain in Unchanged Lineup
As revealed by e-racing365 in June, the team will keep the same driver lineup as last season with Nelson Piquet Jr. and Mitch Evans in the cockpit.
The team is currently testing in Spain with Evans having flown in from running in the development car on Tuesday to attend the launch at the Design Museum in the British capital.
“The team have worked really hard in to make sure the Jaguar I-Type 3 will be competitive,” the Kiwi said. “We want to be fighting at the front of the grid in every race.
“We showed signs of this last season and have higher expectations for Season Five.”
His teammate Piquet will take over testing duties at Calafat next week.
“The Jaguar I-Type 3 is a new animal, with its own challenges and intricacies,” said Piquet.
“The new chassis is larger and faster than our previous racecars so it will be very interesting to see how that impacts racing around the tight street circuits.”
Season Five will see Jaguar increase its footprint in electric racing with the beginning of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series.
The first ever all-electric production-based race series will support the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and begin in Riyadh on Dec. 15.