Formula E Racing may just be the most exciting thing you’ve never heard of. Here in the States, Formula One racing — especially the Indianapolis 500 — and stock car and truck racing thanks to the folks at NASCAR have become extremely popular. Formula E racing, which trades gas guzzlers for futuristic electric cars, is edging up on its competition. It’s also proving to be a valuable proving ground for certain manufacturers’ most advanced technology. Due to the technical constraints and a quirk in the organization’s bylaws, only ten teams can compete in the series at any given time. With the Trulli team reportedly on its way out, Jaguar is rumored to be poised to join up. 
The news — which is expected to be confirmed on December 15 — would find Jaguar teaming with Williams Advanced Engineering for the third season of Formula E. Williams, you may recall, has collaborated with Jaguar in the past. One of their most visible efforts in recent years was the Jaguar C-X75 concept supercar that made a splash at auto shows in 2010. The same car has also turned heads and quickened pulses in the new James Bond film “Spectre.”
The move would be welcome, since it would mark a return to motorsports for Jaguar after an eleven-year absence. It also dovetails with the company’s upcoming line of electric vehicles that’s rumored to be inaugurated by the Jaguar E-Type all-electric crossover.
Whatever the future holds for Jaguar in Formula E and motorsports, one thing is certain: it’s bound to be exciting. The company has a long, and storied, history on the track, and the research and development that takes place there is likely to find its way into the company’s production cars. Exhibit A is the 2016 Jaguar F-Type, which has plenty of Jaguar Motorsports DNA in its design. You can see – and drive – it now at Jaguar of Peabody.