Panasonic Jaguar Racing ready for Attack

24 Sep 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

Panasonic Jaguar has unveiled its second-generation Formula E car, the Jaguar I-TYPE 3, as the series prepares to introduce a new ‘Attack Mode’ this season.

Attack Mode is a new, higher power-level mode that all teams will be able to activate in marked areas on the racetrack for a specific length of time. 

It will see drivers’ power increase from 200kW to 225kW over a short period that will vary from track to track, with details only shared with teams on the day of the race.

When drivers use attack mode, their LED Halos (a new safety feature mandated by the FIA) will be illuminated in another colour for fans and spectators to identify who is using the higher power level.

In line Formula E’s advancements, Panasonics Jaguar I-TYPE 3 has 800 new parts and has been developed entirely in-house, a rarity in the racing industry and reinforcing the team’s mission – ‘Race to Innovate’. 

The I-TYPE 3 revs in excess of 30,000 RPM, more than double the rate of a 2018 Formula 1 car, enabling the car to accelerate from 0-100 KPH in 2.8 seconds. The new powertrain is 25 per cent more powerful and produces up to 250kW (335PS). 

Improved battery technology allows Panasonic Jaguar, and all other teams in ABB FIA Formula E to drop the mandatory mid-race car swap. 

James Barclay, team director Panasonic Jaguar Racing, explained: “We expect that the introduction of the new Generation 2 Formula E racecar and revised sporting regulations will result in a very close season of racing.

“It effectively means that all teams started from the same point and at the same time. 

“The technology is moving at an incredibly fast rate, and the new Generation 2 car will be an important test bed to help develop and drive performance of our future battery electric vehicles.

Nelson Piquet Jr, Panasonic Jaguar racing driver, said: “Having been in the championship since day one I’ve developed as a driver with the technology and evolution of the Formula, and it’s amazing to see how fast things have changed. 

“The Jaguar I-TYPE 3 is a new animal, with its own challenges and intricacies. 

“The new chassis is larger and faster than our previous racecars so it will be very interesting to see how that impacts racing around the tight street circuits.”

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship consists of thirteen rounds, starting in Ad Diriyah in Saudi Arabia in December 2018 and finishing in New York in July 2019. Sanya in China is a new addition and Monaco returns to the series in May.

In a new race format, each team will race for 45 minutes + 1 lap. Energy management will take on new importance, since drivers won’t know in advance exactly how many laps they’ll be required to complete.