Jaguar Racing has verified a long-term partnership renewal with GKN Automotive within the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
James Barclay, Jaguar Racing Team Director said “We are extremely pleased that GKN Automotive will continue the valued partnership with Jaguar Racing. As a key technical partner, their expertise and facilities will play a key role in supporting the performance of the team and the I-TYPE 5. The partnership goes beyond the race team as GKN Automotive also plays an important part in developing automotive products across a variety of Jaguar Land Rover models. Together we’ve had a very successful partnership over the last three years, and we look forward to continued success in the future.”
Liam Butterworth, CEO, GKN Automotives said “Renewing our partnership with Jaguar Racing is a testament to the strength of our relationship. As a global leader in eDrive systems for electrified vehicles, GKN Automotive is proud of its long relationship with Jaguar Racing and Formula E.Pushing our technologies to the limits on the race track will speed up innovations, further advancing know-how. Therefore, I’m delighted that our expert eDrive engineers will be working in the Jaguar Racing team.”
As Official eDrive Partner, GKN Automotive will work closely with Jaguar Racing’s Technical Partners to apply its design, manufacturing and software development expertise to the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 – the team’s new all-electric Formula E race car.
GKN Automotive will play an important role in electric power train development.
Software engineers will be integrated into Jaguar Racing’s headquarters, providing extensive knowledge. The British team will utilize GKN Automotive’s expertise to develop advanced power train cooling technologies for both the inverter and the electric motor in pursuit of enhanced system efficiencies. The partnership with Jaguar Racing will also feed into the development of GKN Automotive’s world-leading eDrive technologies for electrified road vehicles.
As a long-term team partner, the GKN Automotive logo will feature on the livery of the 2020/2021 I-TYPE 5. A camouflage development race car made its debut with Sam Bird behind the wheel at a Jaguar Racing test in the UK earlier this week.