JAGUAR TCS RACING MOVES INTO STATE-OF-THE-ART HEADQUARTERS
Jaguar TCS Racing has opened a new technical headquarters in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, as the team prepares for the upcoming 2024 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
The British race team has relocated to the state-of-the-art innovation centre at the recently opened new Fortescue WAE facility.
From here, the race-winning team will continue to design, develop and manufacture the powertrains in the four Jaguar-powered racecars, as the successful customer-relationship with Envision Racing continues for a second season.
The new facility features a HV Lab, where the team assemble MGUs and invertors, two core components of their powertrain hardware; a workshop with car work bays, which act as dedicated stations for working on the Jaguar’s Formula E race cars; a sub assembly room, where the main cases, gearboxes, suspension and cooling systems are assembled; amongst many other purpose-built rooms.
It also becomes home to the team’s driver-in-the-loop simulator, where drivers Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy will test and prepare for the 2024 races, including both the new and existing circuits in some of the most exciting cities across the globe.
During the 2024 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Jaguar TCS Racing’s remote operations room will be based at the Kidlington HQ, where engineers will provide vital set up and strategy support to their trackside colleagues, who will be working at the new E-Prix in Tokyo or the iconic Monaco circuit, for example.
Formula E continues to be a real-world test bed for Electric Vehicle hardware and software in a high-performance environment. Jaguar TCS Racing, along with their portfolio of world-class partners, develop and innovate new cutting-edge technology to compete for World Championship success, whilst discovering race-to-road insights for electric powertrain, sustainability and software technology improvements. Innovation and technology transfer from Jaguar’s Formula E race cars support the reimagination of Jaguar as an all-electric, modern luxury brand from 2025.
To celebrate the launch of the new facility, Jaguar TCS Racing hosted an exclusive immersion event to open the doors to the new team base and showcase some of their technical innovations and pioneering materials through bespoke art installations.
The event, opened by James Barclay, Managing Director of JLR Motorsport and Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal, and Judith Judson, CEO of Fortescue WAE, offered an insight into the facilities, technology and committed team that are integral to a World Championship winning car.
James Barclay, Managing Director of JLR Motorsport and Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal, said: “Moving into our new technical headquarters is a significant milestone for Jaguar TCS Racing and it’s come at the perfect time. We are soon heading into the 2024 season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship where we will continue our pursuit of points, podiums and race wins.
“With our technical partner Fortescue WAE, this new facility provides a world-class platform for our talented team to thrive and engineer our future success in the pinnacle of electric motorsport. Innovations and technology that we will develop here in Kidlington for the race track will continue our race to road philosophy as we share the latest in electric vehicle breakthroughs with JLR to support our future production vehicles.”
Judith Judson, Fortescue WAE, CEO said: “We are delighted to be part of the new facility opening today and our continued partnership with the Jaguar TCS Racing team. Following the success of last year, we are looking forward to the new season, working from our all new, dedicated base in Kidlington with state-of-the-art equipment and a team committed to delivering on the track.”
The 2024 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship commences on 13 January 2024 in Mexico City, for the first round of many thrilling all-electric wheel-to-wheel races.