Panasonic Jaguar Racing has taken the covers off its second-generation challenger that it will use to contest the 2018-19 FIA Formula E Championship: the I-TYPE 3.
The I-TYPE 3 sports a completely new powertrain developed entirely in-house. While still restricted under the Formula E Championship’s tightly controlled regulations, the team’s designers and technicians developed over 800 new parts for the car that will go into a new motor generation unit, transmission, cooling system, suspension and powertrain control software.
The British team will run an unchanged driver pairing of Nelson Piquet Jr. and Mitch Evans. The duo helped the team finish sixth overall in the Teams’ Championship standings in the 2017-18 season, a marked improvement on the outfit’s rookie campaign.
The major regulations change and its decision to develop its powertrain entirely in-house could give Jaguar Racing a major advantage, believes team principal James Barclay.
“Panasonic Jaguar Racing have made great progress during our short time in Formula E,” he said.
“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 Generation 2 car will be an important test bed to help develop and drive performance of our future battery electric vehicles.
Speaking of the team’s driving line-up, he added: “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.”
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