Jaguar has officially marked its return to motorsport with the unveiling of the I-TYPE 1.
2012 GP3 Champion Mitch Evans will compete for the new team alongside Brit Adam Carroll.
“Formula E is a real drivers’ championship with some of the most competitive racing in the world,” said Evans.
“Any of the drivers will tell you how challenging it is to find the limit in a Formula E car and gain those extra tenths and I’m looking forward to the season ahead. Some of history’s most iconic cars have been developed by Jaguar, and I’m thrilled to be part of Jaguar’s electric future and our return to motorsport.”
Carroll has undertaken the majority of Jaguar’s preseason testing and brings a wealth of experience from his career in F3, GP2, A1GP, IndyCar and WEC, to name a few.
“It’s a real privilege to be racing for Jaguar in Formula E,” said Carroll, “You only have to look at the calibre of the other drivers in the series to see the level of competitiveness and prestige that this championship now has. To drive for Jaguar is also a dream come true. They are the biggest brand to come into the series and one of the most evocative names in racing.”
Team Principal James Barclay said, “Today is a proud moment for myself and the entire Panasonic Jaguar Racing team at our official launch. Everyone has worked very hard over the last nine months to prepare for our debut in the Championship. I am delighted to welcome Adam, Mitch and Ho-Pin, Panasonic, Lear and all of our new fans into the Jaguar family.
“We want to be successful on and off the track. We know that the challenge will be strong – our competitors have a two-year head start. We will be keeping our expectations in check in our first season. Ultimately we’re here to win but we’re here to innovate too. I would like to thank Jean Todt and his team at the FIA and Alejandro Agag and his team at Formula E for their vision in building this innovative series and for their help and support over the last 12 months with Jaguar’s entry.”
The third season – Jaguar’s first in Formula E – begins on 9th October in Hong Kong.