Shelsley Walsh

Overview

Overview
  • GKN Driveline to electrify the world’s oldest motorsport venue
  • Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s I-TYPE 2 to make UK debut
  • 113th anniversary of the first hill climb at Shelsley Walsh

Shelsley Walsh in photos

Shelsley Walsh, the oldest motorsport venue in the world

Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s I-TYPE 2 to make UK debut at Shelsley Walsh

GKN Driveline is teaming up with partner Panasonic Jaguar Racing to bring one of the world’s most advanced electric vehicles to the oldest motorsport venue, Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire.

Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motorsport venue in the world still using its original course. Since 12th August 1905 Shelsley Walsh has been attracting world famous drivers through the ages such as Campbell, Segrave, Caracciola, Bira, Collins, Stuck, carved their sporting careers hurtling up the 1,000 yard, 1 in 6 gradient track.

In recent years John Surtees, Sir Stirling Moss, Andy Priaulx, Derek Bell and Hans-Joachim Stuck have driven the famous Shelsley Walsh tarmac that is nestled in amongst one of Britain’s most quintessential countryside locations in the rolling hills of Worcestershire.

GKN Driveline is bringing the Panasonic Jaguar Racing ABB FIA Formula E Championship team’s car, the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, to the historic venue for its public UK debut on August 12. The UK debut coincides with the 113th anniversary of the first hill climb at Shelsley Walsh, combining the ultimate in modern electric vehicle technology with the famous motor racing course.   

The I-TYPE 2 will be driven at Shelsley by Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans, who has recently finished 7th in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship driver standings, with Panasonic Jaguar Racing finishing 6th in the team standings.

Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver, said: “I am looking forward to driving the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 up the famous Shelsley Walsh hill climb. We have a lot of hill climbs back home in New Zealand but this is the most famous and historic. My all electric race car should be well suited to the challenge and I’m intrigued to see what my time will be. I look forward to seeing our friends from GKN Driveline and meeting some UK fans.”

The Hill Climb

When: 12th August 2018
Track length: 914 metres
Track record: 22.58 seconds.
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