British car manufacturer Jaguar is poised to enter the FIA Formula E championship from the beginning of season three according to a report from Sky News.
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.