In a bid to boost the profile of its upcoming electric car programme, Jaguar is set to confirm in a press conference on Tuesday that it will be entering Formula E from next fall.
Formula E has proven to be an effective way for manufacturers to raise interest in their electric road vehicles. Renault, Audi and Citroen all enjoy ties to the series through the e.dams, ABT and DS Virgin Racing teams respectively.
Jaguar also believes that Formula E will provide a platform upon which to develop new technologies that can be transferred into its road cars, with an insider telling Sky News: “It offers live testing for electrification technologies in areas such as batteries and drivetrains; that’s why it looks valuable to them.”
With the Formula E grid currently at its maximum capacity of ten teams, it is thought that Jaguar would take up the entry of the beleaguered Trulli team which is yet to start a race since the season one finale in June.
Entry to Formula E would also mark Jaguar’s works return to competitive motorsport some 12 years after its last race in Formula 1 before previous owner Ford sold the team to Red Bull ahead of the 2005 season.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”