4 June 2018

Panasonic Jaguar Racing prepare for inaugural Zurich E-Prix

  • Motor racing returns to Switzerland for the first time in 64 years
  • Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr ready to fight for championship points

Whitley, UK, Tuesday 5 June – Panasonic Jaguar Racing is ready to electrify Zurich when the city hosts its debut all-electric street race – the first Swiss motor race since 1954.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Zurich and the Alps, the new city track hosts the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on Sunday 10 June. Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr will race along the shores of the lake before looping back into the city centre on a 2.46km circuit. With no experience of the track, the drivers have worked hard in the simulator ahead of hitting the Zurich roads during shakedown on Saturday 9 June.

As the end of the 2017/18 season approaches, Panasonic Jaguar Racing hope to clinch some valuable championship points ahead of the finale in New York. The team has improved markedly this year, scoring points in every race apart from Paris. Confident of a result in Zurich the team will be focussed to put themselves in a strong position for the final weekend of the championship when the lights go green in New York.

James Barclay, Team Director Panasonic Jaguar Racing: “After a few challenging races we are sitting in fifth position in the team standings with the opportunity to still move forward. Making progress into the top 5 is now our focus and we are hopeful that after a strong result in Zurich we can move up the standings and finish the year on a high.”

“This season’s racing has been closer than ever. We are showing that we have great race pace as a team and the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 continuously shows it is one of the fastest and most efficient cars on the grid.

It is also a privilege to bring motorsport back to Switzerland with electric power. Formula E continues to innovate and bringing motorsport back to Switzerland is another perfect example of how this Formula is doing things differently for the benefit of the sport and our fans”

Mitch Evans, #20:It’s always exciting to race on a new circuit, it’s what I love about Formula E and what makes it unique. We are so close to the end of the season with only three races to go and I would love to go into New York with a few more points under my belt and in a stronger position in the championship standings.”

Nelson Piquet Jr, #3: “To be part of a movement like Formula E has been amazing. Once again it’s great to be going to a city that motor racing hasn’t been to in years. The team have been working really hard and learned a lot from the last few races so I’m confident we will be able to secure some vital points before the season finale in New York.”

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Further information

For further information about Panasonic Jaguar Racing, please contact:

Adrian Atkinson, Global PR Manager, Panasonic Jaguar Racing

Tel: +44 (0) 7979 554 005


Notes to Editors



Jaguar returned to racing in October 2016, becoming the first premium manufacturer to join the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship street racing series.

Jaguar’s Formula E programme will create tangible R&D benefits for the electrification of future Jaguar Land Rover road cars and is designed around the team’s founding principle, ‘Race to Innovate’. 

Manufacturers can design their own powertrain, which includes the motor, transmission, inverter and rear suspension. Common components across all teams to control costs include the carbon fibre chassis and battery.  The focus is on developing electric vehicle powertrains.

Beyond its all-electric concept, Formula E is unique in the world of motorsport for its choice of venues. With the exception of the Mexico E-Prix, every round of the championship takes place on temporary street circuits in the centre of the world’s major cities. All track action including practice, qualifying and racing takes place in a single day. Beginning on December 2, the 2017/18 calendar includes 12 races in 10 cities, including double-header races in Hong Kong and the finale in New York.