Jaguar is returning to the world of motorsport — entering an electric car into the Formula E championship from next season.
The British firm hopes competing from fall 2016 will help them develop and test new technology to use in their road-going cars.
Jaguar Land Rover’s production car engineers will be allowed to work alongside the company’s Formula E team, meaning it will allow them to extract valuable data about new electrification technology.
No details have been given about the car’s performance but the firm has revealed images and a video of the car they plan to use in competition — which will be the first all-electric car they’ve ever made.
Taking part in Formula E’s third season will be the first time the manufacturer has competed in motorsport since its Jaguar Racing arm was sold to Red Bull in 2004.
Engineering boss Nick Rogers said:
It is my belief that over the next five years we will see more changes in the automotive world than in the last three decades. The future is about being more connected and more sustainable. Formula E has recognised and reacted to these trends and the championship’s exciting and pioneering approach is the perfect fit for our brand.
The move paves the way for greater use of electric technology in Jaguar’s road-going cars. Rogers added:
Electric vehicles will absolutely play a role in Jaguar Land Rover’s future.