Jaguar launched it’s official name, title sponsor, driver line-up and car livery at the Jaguar Collections Centre on Thursday.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing presented its season three challenger the “I-TYPE 1” as well as their driver line-up with Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans. Ho-Pin Tung becomes the official reserve driver. Carroll brings speed and experience to Jaguar in a career that spans from karting, to F3, GP2, A1GP, IndyCar and WEC. “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,” the 33-year-old said.
Young gun Evans has multiple karting and open-wheel championship titles to his name including the 2012 GP3 Championship. “Formula E is a real drivers’ championship with some of the most competitive racing in the world. 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,” he commented.
The official reserve driver Tung is bringing F3, A1GP, GP2, WEC, IndyCar and F1 testing experience and on top of that also competed in three races in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship. “I have direct experience of racing in this series and have seen how effectively Formula E brings a thrilling showcase of next generation technologies right to the cities of fans around the world. I am looking forward to making a meaningful contribution to this future of electric mobility and to Jaguar’s significant racing legacy,” said the Chinese.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing has completed 21 days of testing, up to and including the last Formula E public test, which finished at Donington Park Circuit on Wednesday this week. Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director James Barclay added: “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.”