In 2016 Panasonic Jaguar Racing announced its return to global motorsport as the first premium manufacturer in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, confirming its electric future. In the two years since, they have become one of the leading teams both on and off the track. The 2018/19 season will see Jaguar’s commitment to electrification and the series grow as the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY - the world’s first production battery electric vehicle race series – debuts.
Jaguar has an enviable motorsport history, winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours seven times – more than any other British manufacturer. Through competition, Jaguar has developed new technologies, including pioneering the use of the disc brake in racing.
Jaguar Land Rover has made a commitment that from 2020 all new model lines will be electrified, with either hybrid or battery technology, with the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE in 2018 the first phase of this project. Formula E provides Jaguar with a real-world performance test bed for Jaguar Land Rover to develop its future EV powertrains, pushing the boundaries of electric technology in an intensely competitive, high performance environment.
"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; electrification and lightweight technologies are becoming more important than ever as urbanisation continues to increase. Formula E has recognised and reacted to these trends and the championship's exciting and pioneering approach is the perfect fit for our brand."
After entering Formula E in 2016, Jaguar created the world’s first electric touring car race series for a production battery electric car. The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is the support series for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, taking place on the same weekends at the same city circuits.
Exclusively featuring Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars, the all-electric series established racers a chance to showcase their talent, competing on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport. After making history in the inaugural season, the groundbreaking championship will see up to 20 identical Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars on the grid in 10 races, across eight global cities commencing in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia in November.
"Jaguar returned to the top step of the podium in April 2019. Season six of Formula E is going to be the most competitive yet with nine manufacturer teams. As we head into the second season of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY we have clearly strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, international motorsport and Formula E. As a British team, we are proud of the world’s first electric touring car championship using the 2019 World Car of The Year to electrify the grid."
Our world-class drivers, engineers and designers share a hunger for success, matched only by their talent, tenacity and style.
MITCH EVANS - DRIVER
Mitch started karting at the age of 6 and won the New Zealand Grand Prix at 16. He made his ABB FIA Formula E debut with Panasonic Jaguar Racing in 2016 when the British team returned to racing. In 2019 his hard work paid off with his first Formula E victory in Rome. This was followed up by two further podiums in Bern and New York which led to a top five finish in the driver standings.
JAMES CALADO - DRIVER
James’s career began in karting in 1999 and has progressed to competing against the biggest names in motorsport including Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne and F1 driver Valtteri Bottas. He became the 2017 WEC GTE Pro champion and in 2019 took victory in the GTE Pro class at the Le Mans 24 hours. James’s single-seater experience has seen him score points, podiums and wins in GP3, GP2, British F3 and F1- something he’s keen to replicate in Formula E.
JAMES BARCLAY - TEAM DIRECTOR
James was appointed Team Director for Jaguar's Formula E programme in November 2015 and has been responsible for managing the exciting return to motorsport in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the British brand. Over the last three seasons James has overseen the growth of Panasonic Jaguar Racing into a leading team both on and off track.