Jaguar Fans, Get Ready: New Formula E Racer is Substantially Different

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It’s arguably one of the most futuristic-looking racing cars out there.

The debut race of the second-generation Formula E car is still at a distance, but it’s a welcome relief to those who’ve kept tabs on the series and its one glaring difference from every other form of motorsport out there. But we’ll get to that later.

Standing as the first ever car designed by a racing organization, in this instance, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FiA), it is considerably different from the first iteration, which was designed by Renault.

The ever controversial halo is integrated into this new design, but weirdly enough, it works quite well with this semi-open wheel design. It certainly looks better than the unusual fairings of the first car which looked to be added just for the sake of looking different. Instead, the angles and low swept body work are much more satisfying to the eye. It’s also one of the first motorsport chassis designs specifically to house the unique dimensions of electric power. Gen 2 FIA Formula E Panasonic-Jaguar Racing

Jaguar’s commitment to Formula E is a sure sign that things are getting better for the spooky silent racers, and there’s reason behind that. Aside from the futuristic looks, the main advancement from this car comes more than skin deep. Battery tech finally allows a full race to be run without switching cars. That finally fixes the one main complaint by many about the first 5 seasons of racing.

In addition to Jaguar’s presence in Formula E, they will also host the support races with the I-PACE electric sedan eTROPHY racing series.

Debut dates for both electric cars will be for the season that spans between 2018/2019.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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