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In this issue we return to top level motorsport but not in a conventional way, and by doing so accelerate the development of our electric powertrains. In tandem, we introduce our Jaguar I-PACE Concept vehicle - a revolutionary new model available to reserve now for delivery in 2018.


FORMULA E Jaguar returned to international motor racing on the streets of Hong Kong last year (opposite), driver Adam Carroll (bottom right) brought the I-TYPE home safely on its debut. Author Nicki Shields (bottom left) was there to report on all the action It was in September 2014 that Formula E arrived – with a bang. It was on the very last corner of the very first race when the sport first made international headlines. Fighting for the win, ex-F1 driver Nick Heidfeld and Nico Prost, son of the four time F1 world champion Alain, made contact. Heidfeild first pirouetted then somersaulted across the track landing – unharmed – upside down in the barriers. Since that inaugural race, the FIA Formula E Championship has circled the globe several times, racing on the streets of some of the world’s greatest, most exotic and most forward-thinking cities. But what exactly is Formula E? And why after a 12-year hiatus from racing, has Jaguar decided to jump aboard this alternative, technology-focused, all-electric championship which throws out the traditional motorsport rule book? Can racing with climate change at its core really change the world? it ranks among the most competitive wheel-to-wheel, noseto-tail racing series, thanks to the cars’ relatively low levels of aerodynamic grip, the antithesis of F1 where super-high levels of aero grip actually prevent close racing. And if that goes over your head, take notice: in both the first and second seasons of Formula E the championships were won by two points by, respectively Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr. and by Sébastien Buemi from Switzerland. In Season One following that dramatic first race in China, Buenos Aires was a further demonstration of Formula E’s power to entertain. Buemi had started on pole but retired after suspension failure, leaving Brazilian Lucas di Grassi to take the lead, only to suffer the same fate. That left a pack of three drivers to fight it for the lead, but following time penalties and with energy saving playing its role yet another driver, Antonio Felix Da Costa – the fourth race leader in just ten In the summer of 2014 when I headed to France for the first Formula E test nobody INTRODUCING #FANBOOST laps – went on to claim his first win in the Formula instead. Later in the year Piquet Jr. In the 12 days leading up to knew what to expect. On paper it looked won the Long Beach race, 35 years after and six minutes in to each promising; ten teams with twenty fast, his father had done exactly the same in F1. race, Formula E fans can vote powerful, impressive-looking electric racing cars and driven by some of racing’s best drivers. To add to the drama and intensity a for their favorite driver online or via Twitter (#FanBoost). The three drivers It was a special moment in history for motor sport and for the Piquet family. It was special to share Piquet’s joy and with the most votes get Formula E race ‘weekend’ would in fact all elation during the post-race interview on five seconds extra power to take place on just one day. That meant two the podium. use in the second part of the practice sessions, one qualifying session and the 50-minute race, with a virtual race on simulators thrown in over lunch. As a self-confessed science geek with a passion for sustainability and technology, but who also grew up in a household of gearheads, Formula E sounded like the race. To find out how to vote for Jaguar drivers Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans search ‘Jaguar Racing Get Involved’ Formula E’s genesis was in 2012 when former banker, politician and environmental trailblazer, Alejandro Agag first proposed an all-electric racing series that would promote electricity as an exciting and viable alternative to gasoline and diesel and accelerate the development of battery perfect hybrid for me. But could it really impress? The initial problems are always the parts that you remember best: In Punta Del Este, Uruguay in Season One with the track running along the beach unexpected storms turned the pit lane into a river – interesting with live cars charging 28kWh batteries. Later in the year in Moscow there were lamp posts in the middle of every garage – not so easy to maneuver a race car around. And in Paris roads weren’t closed until the night before the race. The pit lane was a public road, so buses, cars and bikes shared asphalt with racing cars. But two and half years on and now in Season Three, Formula E has delivered everything it promised and much more. If you’ve followed it, it would be hard not to agree that electric vehicles. With little more than a hastily, albeit excellently designed car sketched on a napkin he quickly found approval from FIA President Jean Todt for a championship that would put reducing carbon emissions at its core. Frédéric Vasseur (now the Director of Renault’s F1 team) was employed to bring together the best in the industry to build the first electric single seater race car via the Spark Racing Technology consortium. The electric motor was supplied by McLaren (from its P1 Supercar), Dallara (which supplies the Haas F1 team) the chassis, UK competition specialists Hewland the five speed gearbox and F1 legend Williams designed the 150 lithium ion battery cells to power the car – equivalent to 300 laptops or 4,000 mobile phone batteries. PHOTOGRAPHY: SPACESUIT, LAT 32 THE JAGUAR

SEASON 3 RACE CALENDAR Race 1: October 9, 2016 Hong Kong Race 2: November 12, 2016 Marrakech Race 3: February 18, 2017 Buenos Aires Race 5: May 13, 2017 Monaco Race 6: May 20, 2017 Paris Race 7: June 10, 2017 Berlin Races 9 and 10: July 15-16, 2017 New York Races 11 and 12: July 29-30, 2017 Montreal Race 4: April 1, 2017 Mexico City Race 8: July 1, 2017 Brussels THE JAGUAR 33

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