Panasonic Jaguar Racing develops its own powertrain for next season’s Formula E


The development is part of the team’s mission – Race to Innovate – to improve the technologies that will be brought to Jaguar’s electric production cars
Panasonic Jaguar Racing today introduced the second-generation Jaguar I-TYPE 3, its Formula E racing car, at the Design Museum in London. The bold new design expands the boundaries of innovation and technology, representing the future of electric car racing.
Today, the British team confirmed that Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr and New Zealander Mitch Evans will again represent Panasonic Jaguar Racing in the fifth season of the ABB FIA Formula E championship. Last season, Piquet Jr and Evans contributed to Panasonic’s most successful season Jaguar Racing, as they more than quadrupled the team’s points in relation to the third season. The competition is at a higher level than before, with the eleventh team joining the grid in the opening race in Saudi Arabia on 15 December. This season, Jaguar intends to compete as a leading team with regular podiums.
The Panasonic Jaguar Racing has developed all of its powertrain internally, reinforcing the mission of the Race to Innovate team. These custom Jaguar components consist of engine generation unit (MGU), silicon carbide module inverter, transmission, cooling system, suspension, engine control unit (MCU) and new powertrain control software. Advanced MGU shoots more than 30,000 RPM, more than double the rate of a 2018 Formula 1 car, allowing the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.2 seconds.
With greater efficiency and weight comparable to the I-TYPE 2, the new powertrain is 25% more efficient and produces up to 250kW (335 hp). Jaguar I-TYPE 3 has more than 800 new parts compared to I-TYPE 2. Over the last two seasons, I-TYPE 2 and I-TYPE 3 have added more than 1,000 new parts, demonstrating the consistent development program which is making the team more competitive.
The improved battery technology allows Jaguar and all other ABB FIA Formula E teams to override the mandatory replacement of race cars. This season, Formula E will feature a hyperboost for all teams, which will allow riders to compete for a period of time at a higher power level (225 kW), activated while driving through a clearly marked activation zone. When drivers use hyperboost, their LED Halos (a new safety feature required by the FIA) will be illuminated in another color for fans and spectators to identify which competitors are using the highest power level.
James Barclay, director of the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team, said: “The Panasonic Jaguar Racing made great progress during our short time in Formula E. We expect the introduction of the race cars’ generation 2 and the review of sports regulations to result in a very close race season. This effectively means that all teams started from the same point and at the same time. We believe we are the first team to develop all of our powertrain internally, which gives us ultimate control in terms of design and development and we hope this puts us in a competitive advantage. Technology is moving at an incredibly fast pace, and the new I-TYPE 3 will be an important testing platform to help develop and drive the performance of our future battery-powered electric vehicles.
“It’s great to have Nelson and Mitch on board again and to ensure consistency in our driver training. The combination of knowledge, experience and speed of both riders will help us achieve our goal of scoring in all races and fighting for podiums. ”
Nelson Piquet Jr, a Panasonic Jaguar Racing rider, said: “Having been in the championship from day one, I developed as a driver with the technology and evolution of Formula E, and it’s amazing to see how fast things have changed. The Jaguar I-TYPE 3 is a new beast, with its own challenges and complexities. The new chassis is bigger and faster than our previous race cars, so it will be very interesting to see how this will impact the races around the challenging street circuits. ”
Mitch Evans, a Panasonic Jaguar Racing rider, said: “Last season was the best so far and I set some personal records, including our first podium in Hong Kong and pole position in Zurich. The team worked hard to make sure the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 is competitive. We want to fight in front of the grid in every race. We showed signs of this season and we have higher expectations for season 5. ”
The fifth season marks the next chapter of Jaguar Racing’s electrification journey as it prepares for the premiere of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY championship later this year. The first racing series based on fully electric production cars will be the official competition to support the ABB FIA Formula E championship and will consist of up to twenty Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racing cars lined up on the grid in the various global cities that receive the stages of Formula E.

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