Multiple skiing champion and Jaguar Land Rover ambassador, Lindsey Vonn,
joined the Jaguar Racing team for the tenth round of the ABB FIA Formula E
World Championship and experienced the thrill of the Red Hook track in
Brooklyn, overlooking Manhattan in the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE.
The alpine skiing champion swapped the slopes for the streets by getting
behind-the-wheel of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 race car at the ABB New York City
E-Prix. Vonn supported the Jaguar Racing team by participating in a crucial
The 36-year-old American also had an exclusive hot lap of the iconic
Brooklyn circuit in the award-winning I-PACE with Formula E presenter,
commentator and four-time IndyCar series champion, Dario Franchitti, before
watching race drivers Sam Bird and Mitch Evans battle it out in New York
Vonn and the Jaguar drivers discussed their fitness regimes, pre-race
preparations and what it takes to be an athlete in a fast-paced sport, where
the need for speed and precision is everything.
Lindsey Vonn said: “It’s been amazing to be with Jaguar Racing here in
Brooklyn for the E-Prix. While I’m a huge fan of motorsport and have been to
many races, it’s the first time I’ve been to a Formula E event and it’s been
such a fantastic experience. The acceleration and power in the Jaguar I-PACE
is incredible and Formula E is doing a great job highlighting the importance
of electric cars. I love racing and it’s been great to compare notes with
Sam and Mitch on the differences and similarities between racing on the
slopes and racing on the streets. I wish them both well this weekend.”
James Barclay, Team Director, Jaguar Racing said: “Lindsey Vonn is a
fantastic ambassador for Jaguar Land Rover and it’s been great to have her
here with Jaguar Racing today. Lindsey’s achievements and record at the
pinnacle of international skiing is inspiring and to hear about some of her
approach to her sport is highly motivational for us as a team. The
opportunity for Sam, Mitch and Lindsey to compare notes from each other’s
disciplines is always enjoyable and beneficial, we never stop learning.
Pit-stop practice is an important part of what we do when we’re preparing
for a race weekend and it’s great that Lindsey had the opportunity to play a
role in our preparation. She brought enormous positivity to the whole team
and we will use it as further motivation for this weekend.”
ABOUT 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 with its Race To Innovate
mission in the future of electrification.
As an official manufacturer team in Formula E, Jaguar Racing designs its own
powertrain, which includes the motor, transmission, inverter and rear
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
The 2020/21 Formula E season is the first as the all-electric series has
been granted full world championship status by the FIA – the sport’s
governing body. It will be the third year for the teams to be racing with
the futuristic Gen2 race cars.
Teams have two race cars, one per driver, which will be used for the full
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 cities
including Santiago, Diriyah, Rome, Paris, Monaco, New York and ending in a
double-header race weekend in London.
Mitch Evans finished season six seventh in the Drivers’ Championship and
Jaguar Racing finished seventh in the Teams’ Standings with a win in Mexico
City, a podium in Santiago and one pole position. He is joined for season
seven by British driver Sam Bird, who has won a race in every season of
In season seven the championship is official recognised as a world
championship by the governing body the FIA. It will be known as the ABB FIA
Formula E World Championship.
Race to Innovate
Formula E remains a key priority for Jaguar Land Rover and the company’s
Reimagine journey. As the only all-electric world championship, Formula E
allows us to test and develop new electric vehicle technologies in a
high-performance environment. It continues to be the test-bed for our Race
to Innovate mission that will see Race to Road and Road to Race learnings
that will help shape our electric future – a future that Jaguar is
passionate about, and dedicated to for the benefit of our society, the
changing landscape of mobility, sustainability and our customers.