Mitch Evans and Sam Bird go on to join the third season with Jaguar TCS Racing.
Jaguar TCS Racing has unveiled the I-Type 6 – its race car for the upcoming Formula E Season 9 – with an all-new black, white and gold paint job. The new season will mark the debut of Gen3 electric cars, billed as Formula E’s most powerful, most efficient and fastest cars.
- New cars with front and rear drive systems
- Produces 476 hp; has a maximum speed of 320kph
- Pre-season testing in Valencia on December 13-16
Jaguar I-Type 6 sports new paint color
The Gen3 E . Formula racer were the first formula cars with front and rear drive systems. As a result, they also eliminated the rear hydraulic brake. A 250kW motor up front works together with a 350kW motor at the rear to deliver a total power output of 600kW – which is twice the regenerative power of Gen2 cars.
They are 50kg lighter than their predecessors and 100 kW more powerful, delivering 350 kW (476 hp) and a top speed of 320 km/h. With a narrower car and a shorter wheelbase, the new cars have also been engineered to deliver better racing.
To save costs, carbon fiber frames and batteries are shared by all 11 teams. Manufacturers can design their own powertrains (including motor, transmission, inverter and rear suspension). Jaguar’s 2023 racers also get new carbon black and satin white paintwork, complete with gold accents. The asymmetrical design will be unique to both cars.
2023 will also be the first season Jaguar offers its powertrain technology to another racing team – Envision Racing. This means there will be four Jaguar-powered cars on the grid next year.
Jaguar uses Formula E to develop JLR EVs
Jaguar has emphasized that its Formula E efforts will continue to be the real-world testbed for Jaguar Land Rover’s electric vehicles – for electric powertrains, sustainability and software engineering. This is consistent with JLR’s transform into an all-electric luxury car company by 2025.
Following the recent exits of BMW, Audi and Mercedes, Formula E has pushed Gen3 cars to be more in line with brands when it comes to technology transfer to road cars. For example, the new battery is much smaller and lighter than any comparable battery.
Wolfspeed also participates as the group’s Official Power Semiconductor Partner. The partnership also extends to the broader JLR brand, with Wolfspeed set to supply silicon carbide semiconductors for JLR’s next generation of EV inverters.
“As we entered our seventh season in Formula E, I was thinking about how far we have come as a team. The Jaguar TCS Racing team has an important role to play beyond the track’s success, and we are honored to help support Jaguar’s transformation into an all-electric brand by 2025. ,” said James Barclay, Jaguar TCS Racing Team Leader.
Formula E Jaguar Drivers Lineup 2023
Entering a season of major changes, Jaguar has opted for consistency in its driver team with Mitch Evans and Sam Bird continuing for a third season. Evans finished second in the 2022 championship, continuing to compete for the title until the end of the season. Together, he and Bird helped the team score its biggest score to date in Formula E, en route to a fourth-place finish in the teams’ championship.
“The new Jaguar I-TYPE 6 gives us more to play with, with more power and speed, and the team and I have worked tirelessly to ensure that we maximize that,” said Evans. This is an effective way to use it to your advantage.
Bird was sidelined until the end of the 2022 season due to injury, but he made good use of his recovery time. “I’ve taken the whole season off to reset, come back stronger, and I’m more hungry than ever to do well for the team,” Bird said.
Formula E 2023: new sports calendar and regulations
Season 9 of Formula E is considered the longest season to date with a record 17 races. Three new streets joining the calendar with Hyderabad, Cape Town and Sao Paulo have been confirmed. Held on February 11, Hyderabad E-Prix will see the championship host the first race in India. Adding to existing teams, maserati and McLaren also competed for the championship for Gen3.
Formula E has also adjusted its sporting regulations ahead of Season 9. Races will now run on laps instead of the previous format of 45 minutes plus a lap. Fanboost has also been discontinued.
The new ‘Attack’ stop will be tested at select races later next year. Gen3 cars have batteries capable of receiving 4 kWh of energy in 30 seconds. At the test races of this format, drivers will have to stop the mandatory 30-second quick charge during the pre-determined time of the race. This will unlock two Attack Mode powerups (up from 300kW to 350kW) to be implemented later.
The existing Attack Mode format will continue in the remaining races. Additionally, every team is now required to introduce a rookie driver in at least two Free Practice 1 sessions during the season.