FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING: JAGUAR RACING CONFIRMS MITCH EVANS TO CONTINUE WITH THE BRITISH FORMULA E TEAM
- Jaguar Racing extend Mitch Evans’ future with the team with new multi-year deal
- The 27-year-old has been a part of the Jaguar Racing family since the team became the first premium manufacturer to join Formula E in 2016
- Ahead of his 62ndracewith Jaguar Racing, the Kiwi is determined to bring more points and podiums to the team
- Evans joins Sam Bird to continue one of the strongest line-ups on the Formula E grid
Dubai, United Arab Emirates,3 August2021 – Jaguar Racinghas officially confirmed long-standing Jaguar Racing Formula E driver, Mitch Evans, will continue withthe title-contending team, committing his future in the electric world championship on a new multi-year contract.
The British Formula E team has a race-winning pedigree with Evans – who has been with the British team since its inception in 2016 – seeing the partnership strengthening year on year. The news follows the confirmation that Jaguar Racing have committed to the Formula E Gen3 era as part of Jaguar’s journey to becoming an all-electric brand from 2025.
As Evans heads to Berlin to compete in his 62ndFormula E race, with Jaguar Racing the New Zealander has won two races, been on the podium 10 times and is keen to propel theteam to the top of the championship during the upcoming seasons. The 27-year-old currently sits eighthin the drivers’standings – only six points behind teammate Sam Bird who sits third – and is hungry to fight for more success.
James Barclay, Team Director Jaguar Racing, said: “We are very pleased to confirmthat Mitch will remain a key part of Jaguar Racing’s driver line-up, extending his long-standing and integral role inthe team. Mitch’s speed and on-track results in Formula E speak for themselves and we have continued to build a formidable partnership year on year since he joined our team in 2016. Mitch is one of the most exciting talents in Formula E and his experience and understanding of how we work is invaluable. We are stronger together and as a team we are all excited and highly motivated to achieve the most out of season seven and beyond.”
Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing driver #20, said: “I’m not going anywhere! Having spent over five years with the team, I know exactly what we plan to achieve in the forthcoming seasons and I am excited to continue to be a part of the team’s journey. I have been approached by other teams but my home continues to be with Jaguar. We are seeing strong results on track, the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 boasts excellent performance and we are ready to rival anyone on the grid. There is still everything to play for this season and going forward into the future with Jaguar Racing.”
Jaguar Racing Formula E team currently sit third in the ABB FIA Formula E Teams’ World Championship – only nine points behind Envision Virgin Racing who are top – with Mitch Evans eighth in the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship. The next double-header E-Prix is on 14 and 15 August 2021 in Berlin –the final race weekend of season seven with both drivers’ and teams’ championshipsstill to be decided.
ABOUT JAGUAR RACING
Jaguar returned to racing in October 2016, becoming the first premium manufacturer to join the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship street racing series. In 2019 the team won the Rome E-Prix – Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991.
Formula E is a real-world test bed for Jaguar with its Race To Innovate mission in the future of electrification.
As an official manufacturer team in Formula E, Jaguar Racing designs its own powertrain, which includes the motor, transmission, inverter and rear suspension.
To control costs the carbon fibre chassis and battery are common components and the same for all twelve teams. This allows the focus to be on developing electric vehicle powertrains which are efficient and lightweight which will improve the performance and range of future Jaguar Land Rover electric vehicles.
The 2020/21 Formula E season is the first as the all-electric series has been granted full world championship status by the FIA – the sport’s governing body. It will be the third year for the teams to be racing with the futuristic Gen2 racecars.
Teams have two racecars, one per driver, which will be used for the full race distance.
Beyond its all-electric concept, Formula E is unique in the world of motorsport for its choice of venues. The championship takes place on temporary street circuits in the centre of the world’s major cities including Santiago, Diriyah,Rome, Paris, Monaco, New York and ending in a double-header race weekend in London.
Mitch Evans finished season six seventh in the Drivers’ Championship and Jaguar Racing finished seventh in the Teams’ Standings with a win in Mexico City, a podium in Santiago and one pole position. He is joined for season seven by British driver Sam Bird, who has won a race in every season of Formula E.
In season seven the championship is official recognised as a world championship by the governing body the FIA. It will be known as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Race to Innovate
Formula E remains a key priority for Jaguar Land Rover and the company’s Reimagine journey. As the only all-electric world championship, Formula E allows us to test and develop new electric vehicle technologies in a high-performance environment. It continues to be the test-bed for our Race to Innovate mission that will see Race to Road and Road to Race learnings that will help shape our electric future – a future that Jaguar is passionate about, and dedicated to for the benefit of our society, the changing landscape of mobility, sustainability and our customers.