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Jaguar Formula-E team to take the track at the all-electric NYC E-Prix

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Yahoo Finance autos correspondent Pras Subramanian sits down with Jaguar Formula-E Team Principal James Barclay to talk about the manufacturer's EV racing unit competing in the all-electric NYC E-Prix this weekend.

Video Transcript

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- Drivers are getting ready to start their engines. Formula E making its return to the US this weekend, two races on tap in Brooklyn. Senior auto reporter, Pras Subramanian, at the track right now. Pras, you've been speaking with a lot of people there about some of this excitement that's building up ahead of the next couple of days. What did you learn?

PRAS SUBRAMANIAN: That's right, [? Shawna, ?] here for the fifth installment of the New York City E-prix here in Brooklyn. I've been talking to some teams here because we have had some teams coming into the league, some teams leaving the [INAUDIBLE] racing series. But I caught up with Jaguar Team principal James Barclay. Jaguar has been in the Racing League for a few years now. I asked him about how the Formula E team-- the technology that they create, that they worked on is informing what happens with the road car team. Here's what he had to say.

JAMES BARCLAY: When we brought Jaguar back into motorsport, we chose Formula E because we didn't want any opportunity back in motorsport. It had to be the right opportunity. And formally, it was that perfect time, perfect place. We were electrifying our company. And Jaguar becomes a modern luxury all electric car company from 2025. We transition to full electrification, and that's a very quick transition.

And what we wanted is a platform to not only promote the benefits of electric mobility and the adoption of EVs, but actually, a real world test bed for the technology. And that's exactly what this is. We are pioneering technologies, pioneering materials, pioneering designs and solutions, all of which are relevant for our future passenger vehicles.

And we have an open door approach with our core engineering team back in the UK with the race team, so vise versa. We're transferring learnings and information. So what we see is some of the pioneering, if you like, approaches we've had in Formula E will come through our passenger vehicles.

So he mentioned that racing test bed. So basically, a lot of the tech that they create-- he talked about how they made racing-- they made this silicon carbide tech that they used for the racing batteries and the racing inverters. And now five years later, that technology is actually trickling down to their electric cars for Jaguar, notably the I-Pace SUV. So a lot happening here on the track that actually translates onto the road.

The race right now, we're-- we just finished a practice. So a lot of the construction is still happening, some vehicles coming here and there to kind of tighten things up before the race goes on live tomorrow morning.

- Pras, the F1 show on Netflix, "Drive to Survive," huge impact for F1 ratings. Has Formula E seen a boost?

PRAS SUBRAMANIAN: You know, I asked James about that too. He said that yes, there is some spillover effect there with the Netflix ratings, the Netflix effects on the league. So he thinks that there is-- especially in the States-- there is some enthusiasm, more so than he's seen Formula E than he has in the past.

- All right, senior autos reporter, Pras Subramanian. Thanks, my friend. Enjoy the weekend.