Jaguar unveils new Formula E challenger for 2020-21 campaign

The Jaguar Racing team has revealed its new Formula E car for the 2020-21 campaign as it aims to bounce back from a late fall down the championship table last season

Jaguar unveils new Formula E challenger for 2020-21 campaign

After the Marrakech E-Prix, the team sat third in the constructors' standings - on course for its best-ever finish in FE - behind only eventual champion DS Techeetah and BMW Andretti.

But when the season resumed following the initial COVID outbreak, a dip in form at Berlin - attributed to a loss of car balance - meant Jaguar fell to an eventual seventh.

It has now launched its I-Type 5, which features a new powertrain developed in-house and revised suspension, and that has been homologated for the next two seasons.

Jaguar Racing team director James Barclay told Autosport: "There's over 1000 new components. There's some really cool technology in the car - we actually use 24-karat gold in the invertors.

"We looked at all the areas not only to improve efficiency, but to reduce weight and lower the centre of gravity.

"We've not only looked at the marginal gains, every area we can find an opportunity, but also, where possible, if there are any bigger steps to achieve, we're looking to try and find those as well."

The global health crisis has pushed back some teams' development path, meaning they will delay the entry of an all-new car until April under revised regulations aimed at cutting costs.

Barclay added that Jaguar had always planned to start the new season with a fresh package.

"The championship is getting more competitive every season," he told Autosport.

"We do feel that, although we had a competitive car early on last season, no one is going to stand still.

"Our view was to introduce a new car and that's what we've worked towards."

Dominant Mexico City E-Prix winner Mitch Evans and new signing Sam Bird have extensively tested the I-Type 5 at the Abingdon airfield during the off-season.

Bird, who joined from Audi customer team Envision Virgin Racing, said: "It does feel like a bigger team. No disrespect to my previous team, who were very solid.

"The first day walking into Jaguar, the resources that they have on tap are far greater than what I've experienced previously. We do utilise many of those.

"We've got the tools capable of potentially producing some really great results."

Bird, who previously held talks with Jaguar but deferred joining until the seventh season of the all-electric championship, said he had not waited too long to switch.

"The timing is actually perfect," he said, "every single year they've improved and now is the right time to be joining."

shares
comments
New ZF-designed Mahindra FE powertrain a "significant improvement"

Previous article

New ZF-designed Mahindra FE powertrain a "significant improvement"

Next article

Venturi reveals new Formula E livery for 2020-21

Venturi reveals new Formula E livery for 2020-21
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula E
Teams Jaguar Racing
Author Matt Kew
How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome Plus

How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome

Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow

Formula E
Apr 12, 2021
What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future Plus

What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future

Formula E's Gen3 era grid continues to take shape, after Nissan opted to commit to the series for another four years. Nissan's global chief operating officer explains why it has thrown its lot in with FE while other high-profile marques have decided to call it quits

Formula E
Mar 24, 2021
Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start Plus

Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start

With the new Formula E season belatedly getting underway in Saudi Arabia, the championship appeared to try to make up for lost time with an overspill of action and controversy on and off the track. While some talking points could have serious repercussions, it was an explosive opener for many reasons

Formula E
Mar 1, 2021
How Andretti is planning for life after BMW Plus

How Andretti is planning for life after BMW

Michael Andretti's team is a Formula E ever-present and that's not about to change despite BMW's forthcoming exit. But, with both its drivers contracted to the German giant and McLaren weighing up a possible entry, some key decisions lie ahead

Formula E
Feb 26, 2021
The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021 Plus

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021

The delayed 2020-21 Formula E season gets underway this week with a double-header in Saudi Arabia. The testing times were too close to call a favourite, but that's not the only area of interest to follow as the championship enters a crucial year

Formula E
Feb 25, 2021
Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test Plus

Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test

As off-track politics threatens to overshadow events on it, the upcoming Formula E season is perhaps its most important since the championship's inception. And that's a shame, given that the focus should be on what promises to be its closest title fight yet

Formula E
Feb 24, 2021
How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album Plus

How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album

DS Techeetah remains FE's benchmark outfit, but it can expect a stiff challenge this year from two German automotive giants in their second seasons as full manufacturer entries. Here's how Mercedes and Porsche are doubling down to bridge the gap

Formula E
Feb 17, 2021
The magnificent seven Brits fighting for FE bragging rights Plus

The magnificent seven Brits fighting for FE bragging rights

A record seven British drivers will contest Formula E this season, including two squads with all-British lineups. But before they can consider challenging DS Techeetah for the crown, each must lead their teams' recovery to the top

Formula E
Feb 15, 2021