Skip to main content

Jaguar’s I-Type 1 electric race car is ready for the Formula E grid

Jaguar announced last year that it would join the Formula E electric car race series, and now with the new season of Formula E set to kick off next month, the British automaker is unveiling its electric race car.

Called the I-Type 1, it marks Jaguar’s return to top-tier racing. Jag has an illustrious racing past, with multiple 24 Hours of Le Mans victories to its credit, but it’s probably never raced anything quite like the electric I Type. The car will be campaigned by the newly branded Jaguar Panasonic Racing.

Spiffy name aside, the I-Type won’t be that different from the other cars on the Formula E grid. That’s because rules require all teams to use the same Spark-Renault SRT_01e chassis, at least for now. Teams are allowed to design their own powertrains, and it’s expected that the rules will eventually loosen up to allow free reign when it comes to the design of chassis as well.

Read more: Roborace unleashes “DevBot” autonomous car prototype

Jaguar’s driver lineup includes 33-year-old Adam Carroll, from Northern Ireland and 22-year-old Kiwi Mitch Evans. Both drivers bring experience racing in other series, with Evans having competed at Le Mans. Jaguar also signed 33-year-old Ho-Pin Tung from China, but since teams only field two cars in Formula E races, he’ll act primarily as a backup.

Formula E may seem like an odd move for Jaguar, which doesn’t offer any electric cars or even hybrids at the moment, but it probably lines up with the carmaker’s future plans. Jaguar is rumored to be developing an electric car for production. Partner Panasonic is already involved in the electric car business, supplying batteries to Tesla and helping out with the company’s massive “gigafactory” in Nevada.

In addition to the debut of Jaguar, Faraday Future will join Formula E for the upcoming season, while Audi will increase its involvement in the series. The 2016-17 season kicks off October 9 in Hong Kong.

Editors' Recommendations

Stephen Edelstein
Stephen is a freelance automotive journalist covering all things cars. He likes anything with four wheels, from classic cars…
2019 Audi E-Tron is the first electric car to earn top IIHS safety rating
2019 audi e tron earns iihs top safety pick

2019 Audi e-tron moderate overlap IIHS crash test

The 2019 Audi E-Tron electric SUV has earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) -- the organization's highest safety rating. The E-Tron is the first electric car to earn that distinction, although the IIHS hasn't tested the Audi's two main rivals yet.

Read more
Acronis helps Formula E teams protect potentially race-winning data
The Formula E Swiss E-Prix with a car racing in the street.

Like everyday road cars, race cars rely on software. The storied bond between driver and machine has been augmented with quite a lot of code. Race teams also log massive amounts of data in order to monitor the health of their cars and improve performance. All of that data needs to be protected, which is where Acronis comes in.

It's a hot July day in New York City's Brooklyn borough. Formula E electric race cars are being prepped to go out on track for a practice session. When they come back, it'll be time to pull data from them. Acronis provides different services, such as security, data backup, ransomware protection, and disaster recovery to businesses. But it was also in the garages of three of the teams racing in the Big Apple -- Nio, Venturi, and DS Techeetah. Acronis claims its software helps Formula E teams protect their data, as well as analyze it.

Read more
I used to be a die-hard petrol-head, but Jaguar’s electric SUV converted me
the 2019 jaguar i pace shows ev driving can be fun jaguaripaceoped  3

The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is a very important vehicle to Jaguar. While obviously no automaker can afford to launch a flop, smaller automakers like Jaguar are always walking a tightrope of profitability and loss. Every new model can potentially torpedo the yearly margin for the whole company. As Jaguar’s first fully electric vehicle, the pressure on the I-Pace is doubled because it is also pioneering new technology for Jaguar. It’s not like they have a lot of experience releasing all-wheel drive vehicles with two electric motors powered by a 90kWh battery.

Every manufacturer is jumping in the EV game right now, with the leaders launching models and the laggards beginning their planning phases. So it’s no surprise that Jag is jumping into electron propulsion. Nor should it be a surprise that their first EV is an SUV and not a sedan or sports car. SUVs are ruling the sales market right now, and center of profitability for most automakers. Making their first electric car an SUV is basically placing the safe bet.

Read more