GKN has announced a partnership with Panasonic Jaguar Racing, which will see the Tier One supplier provide design, manufacturing and consultancy to the Formula E team.
The agreement, which was announced at the Frankfurt motor show this week, will see the company continue a longstanding relationship with Jaguar.
Ahead of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E championship starting in December, the deal means GKN will provide new technology to the I-TYPE racecar, such as driveshafts and differentials. The suppliers experience in EV systems means that it will also advice on the I-TYPE’s all-electric powertrain.
“We have been following the development of Formula E since its inception and have been impressed by how quickly the series has established itself as a competitive and exciting racing series,” explained Phil Swash, GKN Driveline CEO. “GKN is excited to be involved in this electric technology showcase and to continue its activities in global motorsport.”
Formula E represents GKN’s latest motorsport commitment, as the company already has an enviable heritage in championship-winning and record-breaking race cars.
“We are honoured to welcome GKN to our team – a company that will bring its expertise and experience to the race track,” added James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing team director. “They share our passion to inspire the next generation of engineers. At Panasonic Jaguar Racing, we want to be successful on and off the track and we look forward to driving forward together in this multi-year partnership.”