Jaguar Racing renews GKN deal
Jaguar Racing has confirmed a long-term partnership renewal with GKN Automotive, the global automotive technology company, within the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
As Official eDrive Partner, GKN Automotive will work closely with Jaguar Racing’s technical partners to apply its design, manufacturing and software development expertise to the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 – the team’s new all-electric Formula E racecar.
GKN Automotive will also play an important role in the electric powertrain development. Software engineers will be integrated into Jaguar Racing’s headquarters, providing extensive knowledge. The British team will utilise GKN Automotive’s expertise to develop advanced powertrain cooling technologies for both the inverter and electric motor in pursuit of enhanced system efficiencies.
The partnership with Jaguar Racing will also feed into development of GKN Automotive’s world-leading eDrive technologies for electrified road vehicles.
“Pushing our technologies to the limits on the race track will speed up innovations, further advancing know-how,” said Liam Butterworth, CEO, GKN Automotive. “Therefore, I’m delighted that our expert eDrive engineers will be working in the Jaguar Racing team.”
“The partnership goes beyond the race team as GKN Automotive also plays an important part in developing automotive products across a variety of Jaguar Land Rover models,” said James Barclay, Jaguar Racing Team director.
“Together we’ve had a very successful partnership over the last three years, and we look forward to continued success in the future.”
GKN Automotive has roots in motorsport that stretch back to the 1930s. Its long-running partnership with Jaguar dates back to 1935 when GKN Automotive supplied driveline technology to the first SS Jaguar saloon. Today, GKN Automotive supplies every Jaguar model on the market with a range of driveline technologies, including high performance CV Joints and intelligent all-wheel drive systems.