Jaguar has announced its return to the world of motorsport with an entry to the Formula E championship in 2016. Williams Advanced Engineering has worked closely with Jaguar on projects such as the C-X75 hybrid super car – which you may recognise from the recent Spectre film.

Williams is a name best known for its history in Formula One but its engineering division has a hand in the wider work of motorsport too. It’ll be responsible for running the Jaguar Formula E team. Williams Advanced Engineering will also be working closely with Jaguar on research and development.

Williams also has a huge amount of experience within Formula E as the sole supplier of the batteries that power the cars.

Taking part in this series is a great opportunity for Jaguar to develop its own EV technologies that will eventually be seen in passenger cars as well as on track.

Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, said; “There is a saying that racing improves the breed and Jaguar’s entry into Formula E will be a powerful way of honing a new generation of EV technologies for its products. We are delighted that they have chosen Williams Advanced Engineering as their technical partner in this new and high profile chapter in Jaguar’s racing history. Williams has extensive knowledge of EV technology, racing car design and the logistics of running a successful racing team so we are well set to support Jaguar in what promises to be an exciting new challenge for both parties.”

Nick Rogers, Group Engineering Director for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Jaguar is proud to announce its return to racing. We’re at the forefront of pioneering technology. Over the next five years we will see more changes in the automotive world than in the last three decades. The future is more about being connected, electrification and lightweight architectures. Formula E enables us to engineer and test advanced technologies under extreme conditions.

“Formula E will provide genuine live testing for future electric vehicle powertrain technology, which will appear in our new range of vehicles. We are working with a number of partners on the future of electrification including Warwick University, battery suppliers and of course our long-term partners Williams. We will have our engineers embedded with Williams from the start and our innovations will directly affect future Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.”

James Barclay, Jaguar Team Director, said: “We looked in detail at alternative ways of returning to motorsport. This was such an important decision for Jaguar and we wanted to get it right.  With our future EV plans Formula E was the obvious choice and we believe that the benefits are enormous. The FIA and the promoter have exciting plans for the future of the championship and we are proud to be one of the first vehicle manufacturers to commit to the series with our own team. We have a lot of work to do ahead of the first race but it is a challenge we relish. We hope that we can welcome a new generation of fans to Jaguar through this exciting programme.”

This all points to an electric Jaguar road car in the future but it’s also an exciting time for race fans who are eager to see the brand return to the world of motorsport.