JAG COY ON CHANCES AHEAD OF DE­BUT

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Jaguar be­lieves win­ning on its For­mula E de­but would mean that“some­thing is wrong” with the se­ries.

The Bri­tish man­u­fac­turer will end a 12-year ab­sence from ma­jor in­ter­na­tional mo­tor­sport when its works 2016/17 FE cam­paign starts in Hong Kong this Sun­day (October 9).

“If we’re win­ning straight away, hav­ing never done it be­fore, some­thing is wrong with the for­mula,” said Jaguar race di­rec­tor Craig Wil­son.

“The for­mula is very com­pet­i­tive. We know we’ve got our work cut out to get to the stage, to be in that ball­park.

“That’s ex­cit­ing for us, but in the first few races the tar­get is to be re­li­able and com­pet­i­tive.”

Jaguar’s FE en­try was only con­firmed last De­cem­ber, when the Trulli team with­drew from the se­ries.

That gave Jaguar a four­month time­frame be­fore its pow­er­train needed to be crash-tested in April, and it had to be ho­molo­gated by the FIA by June 1.

While its ri­vals have had to ad­here to the same dead­lines se­nior Jaguar fig­ures have stressed that most teams have a year’s ex­pe­ri­ence with their own pow­er­trains, and their over­all devel­op­ment process started at the end of 2014.

Wil­son also pointed out it was “play­ing catch up” across its “driv­ers, team and op­er­a­tions”.

Jaguar con­firmed FE rook­ies Adam Car­roll and Mitch Evans as its driv­ers last month, while its in­au­gu­ral pow­er­train will only be a glimpse at what the Jlr-wil­liams Ad­vanced Engi­neer­ing tech­ni­cal part­ner­ship can pro­duce, due to the short lead­time be­fore the ho­molo­ga­tion process be­gan.

In ad­di­tion to a com­pro­mised pow­er­train, Jaguar also has sig­nif­i­cantly less data than its ri­vals re­gard­ing car set-up, en­ergy man­age­ment strate­gies and soft­ware map­ping.

With the ex­cep­tion of Car­roll’s

Jag will make FE de­but in Hong Kong

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