Jaguar's lightweight car hits track

Jaguar has finally decided to press its modified lightweight R5B into action at the Chinese Grand Prix as it continues its focus on future developments, despite the team being put up for sale by parent company Ford last week

Jaguar's lightweight car hits track

The new car, which is lighter, stiffer and has a lower centre of gravity than the standard R5, was used by Christian Klien as Mark Webber preferred to stick with his usual chassis. And although Klien ended the day 20th overall, four places behind Webber and three behind third driver Bjorn Wirdheim, the car's full potential should be more evident on Saturday.

Jaguar's head of vehicle performance, Dr Mark Gillan, said: "We have enjoyed a productive and extremely busy day here. The R5 has been reliable allowing us to tally up over 100 laps between our three drivers.

"Christian has been using our revised chassis the R5B-06, which has been designed using new layout technology. All three drivers got up to speed with the track very quickly and I am also very pleased with the way the team worked through what was a very demanding programme."

Jaguar had hoped to use the R5B as its early 2005 contender but those plans were scuppered with new technical regulations planned for next year meaning it will have to design a completely new chassis. The R5B had originally been taken to the Italian Grand Prix but was not used.

The team plans to test a version of the R5B with its 2005 gearbox and transmission at Jerez in Spain next week.

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