January 5, 2002
Jaguar Racing launches 2002 F1 challenger
Milton Keynes, England – The Jaguar Racing team has unveiled its 2002 challenger, the Jaguar R3, opposite its factory in Milton Keynes, England. Building on lessons learned in 2000 (with R1) and 2001 (R2), this season’s challenger is a more adventurous design than either of its predecessors. R3 was designed by Chief Designer John Russell and Chief Aerodynamicist Mark Handford and their teams, under the overall direction of Technical Director Steve Nichols.
“R3 is significantly lighter than R2,” explains Niki Lauda, Jaguar Racing’s Team Principal, “and that will have important benefits in terms of the redistribution of ballast. Aerodynamically, R3 will generate more downforce than R2 and exhibit improved sensitivity characteristics. And, as soon as we get our new wind tunnel going from next month, we will be able to begin a programme that will see us improving throughout the year. I’m confident we’ve made a real step forward with R3 and in a few days time, our drivers Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa will take R3 to the track in Barcelona for what promises to be a very exciting day for the team.”
The Jaguar R3 is planned to run for the first time at the Circuit de Cataluyna in Barcelona on Tuesday, January 8, 2002.
Announced alongside the Jaguar R3 is a new technical partnership with Castrol. Castrol is increasing its involvement in Formula One by becoming partner to Jaguar Racing in an agreement that includes the supply of engine oil, transmission fluids as well as dedicated technical support to the team at races and tests. In addition to lubricants, Castrol will also draw on the technical resources of its parent company, BP, to provide Jaguar Racing with associated fuels.