Jaguar unveils I-Type 3 Formula E car

Jaguar Racing unveiled its third Formula E car, the I-Type 3, which will compete in the 2018/19 season in London on Wednesday.

It is the second Gen2 car to be unveiled ahead of the new season, with BMW Andretti having pulled the wraps off its iFE.18 on Friday.

For its third incarnation, the car has a bespoke powertrain that for the first time has been built fully ‘in-house’ as opposed to using technical partners to supply parts.

“Panasonic Jaguar Racing have made great progress during our short time in Formula E,” said Team Principal James Barclay.

“We expect that the introduction of the new Generation 2 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 Generation 2 car will be an important test bed to help develop and drive performance of our future battery electric vehicles.”

The I-Type 3 has 800 new parts compared to its predecessor and features silicon carbide inverters, previously used by Andretti and Venturi, which are 10% lighter than the ones used in the previous car.

The motor is capable of spinning in excess of 30,000rpm as the useable power has increased by 25% to 250kW for the 2018/19 season. Jaguar has also developed its own twin-wishbone rear suspension.

Jaguar confirmed its driver line-up will remain unchanged. Mitch Evans, who has raced with the team since it entered Formula E in 2016, alongside inaugural series champion Nelson Piquet Jr who starts his second year with the team. Both drivers have conducted the vast majority of the team’s 15 days of private testing allocated by the regulations.

“Having been in the championship since day one I’ve developed as a driver with the technology and evolution of the formula, and it’s amazing to see how fast things have changed,” Piquet said.

“The Jaguar I-TYPE 3 is a new animal, with its own challenges and intricacies. The new chassis is larger and faster than our previous racecars so it will be very interesting to see how that impacts racing around the tight street circuits.”

Last season Evans scored Jaguar’s maiden podium at the second race in Hong Kong, and its first pole position in Zurich.

Ho-Pin Tung remains the test and reserve driver for the team.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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