FIA President Jean Todt has welcomed the news that Jaguar will enter the Formula E Championship next year, marking the latest high profile coup for the burgeoning all-electric series.

More than 10 years after Jaguar last raced internationally in a full factory capacity, courtesy of its shortlived F1 project, Jaguar this week announced it will make a return to motorsport with an entry into the burgeoning green power series.

The latest big name to commit to Formula E racing, which has only just kicked off its second season, Jaguar will join Renault and DS Citroen in putting a full factory effort forward for the 2016/17 season.

As one of the world's most recognisable sportscar company's, Todt is delighted to see the iconic brand not only return to motorsport but do so with an endorsement of the Formula E series. Indeed, with new regulations giving manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their electric power technologies, Todt says Jaguar's arrival validates the rapid ascension of Formula E.

"The FIA is pleased to welcome Jaguar as a new manufacturer to enter the FIA Formula E Championship, Todt said. "We built this series to offer an alternative competition for manufacturers to step into the sport and develop road-relevant electric technologies.

"The choice of Jaguar to come back to motor racing with Formula E is a proof of success. As it forges a path forward for the future of the electric car, Formula E managed to attract one of the most prestigious and historical brand across the automotive industry. I wish them success ahead of their arrival in 2016/2017."

A move into Formula E came as part of Jaguar and Land Rover's pledge to focus on more energy-efficient technology going forward

 

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