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Jaguar expresses GEN4 commitment in Formula E

JAGUAR TCS Racing has confirmed a long-term commitment to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship by signing to participate in the GEN4 era, set to commence in 2026 and running through seasons 13-16.

Jaguar is one of Formula E’s most successful teams, boasting many race wins including with its current drivers in the 2023/24 season, New Zealanders Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy. Cassidy is currently the leader of the 2023/24 drivers standings in the FE championship series.

Jaguar TCS Team principal James Barclay (left), Nick Cassidy, race winner Mitch Evans (centre), and DS Penske’s Stoffel Vandoorne (right) at the 2024 Monaco E-Prix. Picture: Formula E

The racing outfit celebrated its 100th race in Formula E in 2024, celebrating not only their successes and innovations in their partnership with Formula E, but also served as a reminder of its place in the remainder of the GEN3 era and through the GEN4 era.

Formula E said that the upcoming touted GEN4 technology will witness a revolutionary leap in electric racing, promising significant breakthroughs in energy efficiency, race performance, and safety standards. 

The current GEN3 cars go from 0-100 km/h in around two seconds, a full one-second faster than the GEN1 cars created when the series was born back in 2014. 

This next-gen platform, the GEN4, will introduce features such as regeneration capacity reaching up to 700kW and a power output surge up to 600kW. 

Jaguar TCS Racing team principal James Barclay said that he was proud to be part of  “what the team has achieved to date in what is the pinnacle of electric racing”, and looked forward to the future for both Jaguar racing and Jaguar road cars.

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“From its beginnings as a start-up ten years ago, FIA Formula E has grown into a true World Championship that is not only producing incredibly exciting and professional sport of the highest calibre, but is also pioneering zero emission battery electric vehicle technologies. 

Jaguar TCS Racing will continue to drive the rapid development of EV technology on the track, for the benefit of our future clients on the road,” Barclay said. 

Businessman and former CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag (left), FIA President Mohamed Ben-Sulayem (centre), Jaguar TCS Racing team principal James Barclay, and Formula E CEO Jeff Dodds (right). Picture: FIA

Jaguar TCS Racing is a testbed for future electric vehicle technology. Their race car, the Jaguar I-TYPE 6, uses advanced materials like Silicon Carbide, a super-efficient semiconductor, and a special transmission fluid developed with Castrol that’s made from recycled oil. 

These innovations will be in future Jaguar electric cars we can drive! Jaguar’s role in Formula E has had a ground breaking effect in the road cars created and sold by Jaguar’s parent, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). One of these models is their first all-electric Jaguar I-PACE model.

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE. Picture: Jaguar

JLR Chief of Staff and Chairman, Chris Thorp, said that the continued work between Jaguar TCS Racing, FE and JLR confirms the importance of JLR’s Reimagine strategy – which includes Jaguar becoming a modern-luxury, pure electric brand from 2025 – and the vital role Jaguar TCS Racing plays in race-to-road EV technology transfer.

“Jaguar is being reimagined as a pure-electric, modern luxury brand – so the announcement of JLR’s commitment to the GEN4 era of Formula E with Jaguar TCS Racing couldn’t come at a more exciting time,” Thorp said in a statement. 

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“The inspiration, passion and engagement that the team engenders among our 40,000 employees is driving the reimagining of Jaguar and delivering material innovation to the next generation of Jaguar electric vehicles for the direct benefit of our clients.” 

Formula E CEO Jeff Dodds expressed his excitement about Jaguar TCS Racing’s commitment to the GEN4 era. He praised Jaguar’s dedication to innovation and sustainability, which aligns perfectly with Formula E’s mission to revolutionise the future of racing. 

“ As we look forward to the exciting advancements that the GEN4 era promises, Jaguar’s continued partnership underscores the significant impact that Formula E has had on the development of electric vehicle technology, and on setting the pace for greener, more exhilarating motorsport,” Dodds said. 

By Mpho Rantao

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