Jaguar TCS Racing has established its new technical headquarters in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, within the recently inaugurated Fortescue WAE building belonging to the team’s technical partner. This facility is now the official base for the team as they gear up for the upcoming 2024 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season.
The Kidlington site serves as the hub for designing, developing and manufacturing powertrain technology for Jaguar TCS Racing and Envision Racing, the customer team. Fortescue WAE supports these endeavors. Jaguar’s in-house production of powertrain components and manufacturer perimeter parts fosters R&D opportunities, contributing to race-to-road innovations as the brand transitions to an all-electric luxury identity by 2025.
Unveiled at an immersion event showcasing technical innovations through bespoke art installations, the facility is home to various technical activities, including remote garage operations and a driver-in-the-loop simulator.
The new headquarters, equipped with an HV lab and purpose-built rooms, facilitates the assembly of key powertrain components and provides dedicated workstations for Formula E race car maintenance. It is also home to a driver-in-the-loop simulator, where drivers Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy prepare for upcoming races. Throughout the 2024 Formula E World Championship, the Kidlington HQ will serve as the remote operations room, offering crucial setup and strategy support to on-site colleagues at various race locations.
James Barclay, managing director of JLR Motorsport and Jaguar TCS Racing team principal, and Judith Judson, CEO of Fortescue WAE, led the inauguration event, providing insights into the facilities, technology, and the dedicated people integral to the team’s success.
Barclay 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.”
Judson expressed delight at the partnership and said she was looking forward to the new season, highlighting the state-of-the-art equipment and the team’s commitment to on-track performance.
The 2024 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will kick off on January 13, 2024, in Mexico City, promising a series of exciting all-electric wheel-to-wheel races.
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