The second season of the FIA Formula E championship has begun with the teams heading to Hong Kong for the season opener.
This season New Zealander Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr., season one champion, line up on the grid together in the new British team.
At the Hong Kong E-Prix drivers will complete 45 laps of the 1.86km street race circuit in the new Jaguar I- TYPE 2 on the city’s iconic Harbour front.
With more than 200 new parts, the new Jaguar I-TYPE 2 racecar is a more efficient package using high strength lightweight materials. Furthermore, this season the race power level increases to 180kwh making the cars even faster.
“We are very excited to kick off our second season in Formula E and it’s great to be back on the grid in such an iconic city,” said James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director.
“As we race to innovate, we have taken a great deal of learnings from our first season and the team have worked extremely hard to make sure that we have the most competitive powertrain possible for the season ahead. Alongside the improvements on the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, we welcome Nelson to our new driver line-up – all of which, we hope, will help us to be regularly competing for points.”
“Joining Panasonic Jaguar Racing is a great move for me, and it’s been fantastic learning how this new team operates. I’m working closely with everyone to draw on my experience in Formula E and push us to the next level.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s newest driver, Nelson Piquet Jr, said “As the series becomes more competitive, I wanted to join Jaguar to give myself the best chance of success. We won’t know until we are on the grid how much the other teams have progressed and what the true capabilities of the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 are, so I’m looking forward to getting started and giving it my very best.”
Mitch Evans, who has been confirmed for a second season with Panasonic Jaguar Racing, said: “The competition this season will be stronger than ever, but the work that the team have put in will help push us further up the grid.
“I had a really good first season as a rookie in the championship so I’m very excited for my second season with Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Nelson and I are already working together to grow as a team so bring on Hong Kong.”
From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover model lines will be electrified – with either hybrid or battery technology.
Hong Kong harbour