JAN 01] JAGUAR NEWS
Unveils New F1 Challenger
car that will carry Jaguar’s Formula One hopes when the new Grand
Prix season starts was unveiled in Coventry today.
THE JAGUAR R2
Jaguar R2 was launched at Jaguar's design and engineering centre at
Whitley amid optimism that the team can push for a better season
than last year.
at the launch, Jaguar Racing CEO and Team Principal Bobby Rahal
have experienced a challenging first year in the sport but
implemented changes that we feel are necessary to deliver our
aim this year is to achieve respectability and to continue to put
in place the building blocks that we believe will deliver success
in the long term.
are unswerving in our ultimate goal which remains to challenge for
World Championship honours."
year Eddie Irvine will race alongside 25-year old Brazilian Luciano
Burti who graduates from his previous position as Jaguar Racing
development driver during 2000.
SIDE VIEW OF THE
impressed the team with a mature and determined drive in the 2000
Austrian Grand Prix when he stood in for Irvine.
new test driver will be 20-year old South African Tomas Scheckter,
son of 1979 World Champion Jody.
has graduated from a successful season with the Stewart Racing
Formula Three team to become Jaguar Racing's Formula One development
driver for 2001.
new Jaguar R2 Formula One car was unveiled by Eddie Irvine, Luciano
Burti, chief designer John Russell and chief aerodynamicist Mark
for the development of the R2 during the 2001 season will be led by
technical director Steve Nichols.
also launched the Jaguar Racing F3 team, which won numerous
victories when it was known as Stewart Racing Formula Three.
Jaguar Racing F3 drivers competing in the 2001 British Formula Three
Championship will be 19-year old German Andre Lotterer - recently
voted as Germany's junior rookie driver of 2000 by the readers of
Motor Sport Aktuell magazine -
and 20-year old Australian James Courtney.
Browning, managing director of Jaguar Cars, said:
are exciting times for Jaguar and I am constantly reminded of the
passion and enthusiasm for the Formula One programme by our whole
competing in the highest level of motorsport we are clearly
demonstrating that 'performance spirit' is one of Jaguar's core
brand values and we will be delivering products which reflect this
Racing has carried out an intensive period of winter testing with a
hybrid R1'B' chassis. The R1'B' mates the rear suspension and new
generation Cosworth CR3 engine to the front end of the 2000 season
R1 leaving the team in a better state of preparation than in 2000.
Rahal also announced that a new major partner for the team for 2001
will be AT&T Business, the global communications solutions
also joins Jaguar Racing with the supply and co-development of tyres
for the new Jaguar R2.
team's major partners HSBC, HP, Beck's and Lear Corporation continue
their association, along with long-standing technology partners,
Unigraphics Solutions and Texaco.