PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING ROOKIE TEST DRIVERS JAMIE CHADWICK AND SACHA FENESTRAZ JOIN RE:CHARGE @ HOME
- Jaguar Racing publish a new episode of the new ‘RE:CHARGE @ Home’ video podcast series
- In the latest episode, Amanda Stretton talks to Jamie Chadwick and Sacha Fenestraz about the Marrakesh Rookie Test earlier this year, preparation for a race weekend and the future of electric motorsport
7 June 2020, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Jaguar Racing has released the latest episode of ‘RE:CHARGE @ Home’ – the new video podcast series. Available across YouTube, Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts this episode features Panasonic Jaguar Racing Rookie Test Drivers – Jamie Chadwick and Sacha Fenestraz.
The tenth episode gives an insight into the preparation involved in a Formula E Rookie test, their objectives for the test and uncovers both drivers’ thoughts on the future of electric motorsport.
Jamie Chadwick, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Rookie Test Driver:
“There are two sides to a test like Marrakesh. To start, the development role for the team as these tests are like gold dust for the engineers. Our role as Rookies is to get on track, gather information, collect as much data as possible and the feedback to the team. On the flip side, testing days are a huge opportunity for us as drivers, so from a personal point of view I just wanted to do the best job I could. As a young driver you’re on a huge stage so you know it’s a good opportunity to perform and showcase your potential abilities in a car like the Jaguar I-TYPE 4.
“I learnt that the main skill in Formula E is adaptability as you have to acclimatise as quickly as possible. The way the street tracks evolve over the day is challenging and like nothing I’ve experienced before. You’re constantly learning on a Rookie test weekend and to get the opportunity with Jaguar was amazing.”
Sacha Fenestraz, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Rookie Test Driver:
“The I-TYPE 4 is very different to anything I’d driven before. There are a lot of things to manage on the race weekend – listening to the engineers and then implementing the relevant changes is key to the development. We were lucky in Marrakesh as there was lots of grip which helped but it’s one of the nicest cars I’ve ever driven. The standard of drivers in the ABB Formula E Championship is so impressive and I’d love to be a part of it in the future. Overall it was an amazing experience and I can’t thank Jaguar enough.”
The new series, hosted by Amanda Stretton and Vernon Kay, will be a regular, insightful series fans can look forward to with new guests in each episode across Formula E and the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.
ABOUT PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING
Jaguar returned to racing in October 2016, becoming the first premium manufacturer to join the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship street racing series. In 2019 the team won the Rome E-Prix – Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991.
Formula E is a real world test bed for Jaguar to make fearless progress in the future of electrification.
As an official manufacturer team in Formula E, Panasonic Jaguar Racing designs its own powertrain, which includes the motor, transmission, inverter and rear suspension. To control costs the carbon fibre chassis and battery are common components and the same for all twelve teams. This allows the focus to be on developing electric vehicle powertrains which are efficient and lightweight which will improve the performance and range of future Jaguar Land Rover electric vehicles.
This is the second year teams will be racing with the futuristic Generation 2 racecars. Teams have two racecars, one per driver, which will be used for the full race distance.
Beyond its all-electric concept, Formula E is unique in the world of motorsport for its choice of venues. The championship takes place on temporary street circuits in the centre of the world’s major citie
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