The return of Jaguar to the tracks

Jaguar, one of the most iconic brands in the automotive industry, will return to competition through its participation in Formula E, the category of singleposts equipped with electric motors that is strongly sponsored by the International Automobile Federation.

It will be the second time in the 1st century that the Coventry firm will be actively involved in a category. The previous one was, no less, than in Formula 2000 and it lasted from 2005 to XNUMX.

The balance of that campaign was negative: in 169 Grands Prix he only got on the podium twice and both times it was with Irishman Eddie Irvine (3rd at the 2001 Monaco GP and 3rd at the 2002 Italian GP).

Jaguar did have a successful run in long-term racing. This is demonstrated by his seven victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans achieved at different times. The first success was in 1951 with an XK-120 C shared by Peter Walker and Peter Whitehead. It also prevailed in 1955 with a C-Type driven by Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton.

The most fruitful stage in La Sarthe's legendary career spanned from 1955 to 1957 with three consecutive successes achieved with the excellent D-Type. The first win of the series was achieved with the Mike Hawthorn-Ivor Bueb duo, then he won with the Ron Flockhart-Ninian Sanderson duo and, finally, with the Flockhart-Bueb duo.

Already at the time of the Group C, the English brand celebrated in 1988 with the XJR-9LM prototype driven by Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace. And two years later he did it with the XJR-12 guided by John Nielsen, Price Cobb and Martin Brundle.



Automundo is the blog about news from the automotive industry, motorsport and the culture of the region. Director: Diego Durruty.

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