Jaguar launches Gen2 FE car with fully in-house developed powertrain
|By Alex Kalinauckas||Wednesday, September 19th 2018, 11:20 GMT|
Jaguar has revealed its I-TYPE 3 Gen2 Formula E car, which features a new powertrain fully developed in-house for the first time.
The British manufacturer has added over 800 new parts, from the areas it is allowed to work on under FE's tightly-controlled regulations, to the car, which was unveiled in public for the first time at an event at the Design Museum in London on Wednesday.
The custom-made parts make up the motor generator unit, silicon carbide module inverter, transmission, cooling system, suspension, motor control unit and powertrain control software.
Jaguar also confirmed that Nelson Piquet Jr and Mitch Evans will continue as the team's race drivers for a second consecutive seasons, although it is understood that both were already on long-term contracts.
"Panasonic Jaguar Racing have made great progress during our short time in Formula E," said Jaguar team boss James Barclay.
"We expect that the introduction of the new Gen2 Formula E racecar and revised sporting regulations will result in a very close season of racing.
"It effectively means that all teams started from the same point and at the same time.
"We believe we are the first team to develop our powertrain entirely in-house, this gives us ultimate control in terms of design and development and hope this will put us at a competitive advantage.
"The technology is moving at an incredibly fast rate, and the new Gen2 car will be an important test bed to help develop and drive performance of our future battery electric vehicles.
"It's fantastic to have Nelson and Mitch on board again and ensure consistency in our driver line-up.
"The combined knowledge, experience and speed of both drivers will help us achieve our goal to be in the points in every race and fighting for podiums."
Jaguar finished sixth in FE's season four constructors' championship, four places higher and with 92 more points than it scored in its debut campaign in 2016/17.
The manufacturer will also launch FE's first support series - the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy - at the first race of the electric championship's fifth season, which gets underway in Riyadh on December 15.