During its UK debut run, the Jaguar I-Type 2 Formula E racecar set a new electric car course record of 30.46 seconds at the world-famous Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, in Worcestershire, breaking the previous record by 6.84 seconds. The record attempt on Sunday, 12 August, sawNew Zealander Mitch Evans pilot one of the most advanced electric vehicles on the world’s oldest motorsport venue to still use its original course.
The delighted Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver said, “Formula E fans in the UK were incredibly welcoming, and it was great to see them so excited about the car’s debut run here. I’m proud to have moved the class-best result a step further towards a potential pure electric outright hill record in the future.”
Antony Harper, chairman of the Midland Automobile Club, said, “It was a thrill to see the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 Formula E car charge up the hill and secure a new course record under electric power. We’re proud to have hosted the car’s UK debut, and we certainly welcome GKN Driveline and Panasonic Jaguar Racing back to the course in the years to come to see if they can beat the record again.”
The record coincides with the 113th anniversary of the very first hill climb at the historic venue.