GKN steps onto the Formula E grid

Posted on 31 Dec 2017 and read 679 times
GKN steps onto the Formula E gridGKN’s (www.gkn.com) multi-year partnership with Panasonic Jaguar Racing made its competitive debut last month, when the 2017-18 FIA Formula E championship season began on the streets of Hong Kong.

A drama-packed double-header saw the team perform strongly, with Nelson Piquet (junior) finishing fourth in Round One after a brave overtaking move in the final moments of the race.

Having qualified second on the grid for Round Two, Mitch Evans’ fourth-place finish on the Sunday was upgraded to a provisional third place after a post-race investigation, giving the team its first ever Formula E podium (this was soon subject to an appeals process).

Phil Swash, GKN Driveline CEO, said: “Formula E is a competitive showcase for electric-car technology and is therefore an excellent arena for GKN to continue its activities in global motor-sport.

"As a world leader in advanced drivelines, lightweight structures and ‘state of the art’ ‘electrified’ systems, GKN is proud to work with Panasonic Jaguar Racing.

In addition — and as a major supplier to the Chinese automotive industry — it’s wonderful that our Formula E story began in Hong Kong.”

Formula E continues the long-running partnership between GKN and Jaguar dating back to 1935, when GKN supplied driveline technology for the first SS Jaguar saloon.

Today, every Jaguar model on the market uses GKN driveline technologies, including high-performance CV joints and ‘intelligent’ all-wheel drive systems.

GKN driveshafts have featured on almost every Jaguar high-performance road car and racing car, from the Le Mans-winning C-Type in 1951 to the iconic XJ220 of the early 1990s.

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