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Jaguar to Enter Formula E Racing Series in 2016

Electric race car will serve as test bed for future vehicles.

Electric race car will serve as test bed for future vehicles.

Jaguar will return to global racing next year by competing in the third season of the FIA Formula E Championship. Leading up to the event, Jaguar is preparing an electric race car that will help further its EV technology for future vehicles.

The automaker has named Williams Advanced Engineering as the official technical partner to its Formula E race team. The company has previously worked with Jaguar on the development of the C-X75 plug-in hybrid supercar concept.

In recent years, Jaguar has focused on the use of lightweight aluminum and new Ingenium four-cylinder gas and diesel engines to increase efficiency. But as stricter fuel economy standards go into effect, Jaguar will eventually start building more EVs.

“Electric vehicles will absolutely play a role in Jaguar Land Rover‘s future product portfolio and Formula E will give us a unique opportunity to further our development of electrification technologies,” said Nick Rogers, group engineering director for Jaguar Land Rover, in a statement. “The Championship willenable us to engineer and test our advanced technologies under extreme performance conditions.”

Jaguar will reveal more information about its upcoming Formula E run, including drivers and partners, at a later date. The next FIA Formula E Championship kicks off in fall 2016.

Source: Jaguar Land Rover