Panasonic Jaguar Racing welcomes back test drivers Pietro Fittipaldi and British driver, Harry Tincknell who will both drive the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 in the one-day test on 13 January following the Marrakesh E-Prix.
Brazilian Fittipaldi – the grandson of two-time Formula 1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi – and British driver Tincknell will be driving the Jaguar I-TYPE 3, a faster all-electric racecar with greater efficiency and range.

Fittipaldi will test for Panasonic Jaguar racing for the second consecutive year, but it will be the first time the Brazilian has tested the new Jaguar I-TYPE 3. The 22 year old has a successful record in the sport including winning the World Series Formula V8 3.5 title in 2017 and is the current Haas F1 test driver.

Tincknell, 27, is no stranger to highly competitive racing, with a varied background across a mixture of driving disciplines, most prominently in the Le Mans 24 hours having won the Le Mans P2 class on his 24-hour race debut, and the 2016 European series. The British driver returns to Panasonic Jaguar Racing after making his testing debut for the team at Donington Park in 2016, but will be putting his experience to the test behind the technologically advanced Jaguar I-TYPE 3.

The fifth season of ABB FIA Formula E began in Saudi Arabia on 15 December, with Panasonic Jaguar Racing clinching a positive double-points finish in the opening race of the season.
The Marrakesh in-season rookie test will take place on 13 January – after the E-Prix which takes place on 12 January – and marks the penultimate in-season test of the 2018/19 campaign.


It is time to get serious about our next edition, and aside from wishing you a happy new year, it is good news that the untold story of the beginnings of the XJ-S has grown during the break.

Ed Abbott is a former Jaguar Apprentice who has a business in the UK specialising in Jaguars, and he owns the earliest known production XJ-S in the UK - RHD chassis #8.

It gets better because Ed was part of the development of the XJ-S since the early 1970s, firstly at the Radford plant and later in the Browns Lane Experimental Department, MIRA testing etc.

Since we have confirmed two mystery cars in Australia which look like XJ-Ss - but are XJ27s - number #1 and #2, Ed is the right man to help us put the feature on this three or four year development period prior to the XJ-S's 1975 release, accurately down on paper while writing new Jaguar history.

The photograph here shows one of those two XJ27s as purchased in the UK before shipment to Australia where it still exists in good form, owned by the same family who brought it into the country. I has virtually never been seen in public in its entire life which began in 1972 - or maybe earlier!

Notice the non-standard bonnet bulge and the Series 2 XJ parking lights. They will be explained in the feature.

What an exciting way to start the new year.

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