21 September, Whitley: Panasonic Jaguar Racing today announced inaugural FIA Formula E Champion Nelson Piquet Jr as the newest member of the team at an exclusive live show hosted at Jaguar’s UK Design headquarters.
Piquet will join Panasonic Jaguar Racing drivers Mitch Evans and Ho-Pin Tung this month for the team’s second season in Formula E. The addition of the defending champion to the driver line-up will put the team in a strong position for the start of season four when official testing gets under way in Valencia next month.
The announcement was made at Jaguar’s live RE:CHARGE event alongside the reveal of the team’s new racecar. Official reserve driver and Le Mans LMP2 Winner, Ho-Pin Tung, joined hosts Amanda Stretton and George Lamb to unveil the Jaguar I-TYPE 2. With a dynamic new livery design and a significant number of technical upgrades, the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 begins the next evolutionary cycle in Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s #RaceToInnovate.
The reveal of the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 comes nine days after Jaguar Racing announced it will launch the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the world’s first all-electric international race series for production-based cars. The history-making championship will support Formula E, starting in late 2018. These latest developments reinforce Jaguar’s long-term commitment to and development of premium battery electric vehicles.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing will return to the streets in the first race of season four of the Formula E street racing series in Hong Kong on December 2 and 3.
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