Takuma Aoki, who has competed in the Superbike World Championship and Road Race World Championship [MotoGP], has announced that he will participate as a driver in the "TEAM YOKOHAMA CHALLENGE" of the "Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY" series. It is scheduled to participate in the third round in Mexico City on February 15 [local time], and is the first wheelchair racer to participate in the international race series using electric vehicles, marking its name in history.
In 1998, a year after Honda entered the MotoGP 500cc class and won fifth place overall, Aoki became paralyzed in the lower body due to an accident, but continued to participate in motor sports thereafter, and in 2009 Dakar Rally and 2016 He drove a dedicated vehicle at the Asian Cross Country Rally and succeeded on the four-wheel stage.
In 2019, he participated in the Michelin Le Mans Cup-LMP3 category with SRT41 and La Filière Frederique Sausset at the Road To Le Mans competition, part of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Support Package.
Aoki will drive a specially designed Jaguar "I-PACE eTROPHY" for his first race in an electric car. Guido Simplex lever actuators are mounted on steering column mounts with custom brackets and modifications designed and developed by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations [SVO], M-Sport, and Aoki's race engineering team. Attached. The lever-based brake operation has been changed to take advantage of electronic throttle control, and the position of the pedal box has been changed to increase the efficiency of the custom “pull” operation from the throttle. It has a unique design that makes it easy to change to the dedicated machine specification for the "Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY" by using the cable of the existing pedal.
Takuma Aoki said, "I am very pleased to be able to participate in the" Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY "series as a member of" TEAM YOKOHAMA CHALLENGE ", which will be my first electric car race. I'm a challenger and I can prove once again that my life is now, even if I'm paralyzed in the lower body, I can challenge my dreams: Jaguar Racing's engineering team, Guido Simplex And M-Sport for their hard work on customizing the vehicle, and I look forward to competing with experienced racers in Mexico City. "
Championship manager Mark Turner commented: "I'm very happy to have Aoki in the series. Throughout my career, he's had a great recovery and a great race performance, and he'll be fascinated by the electric car race. "
The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is the official ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with two races held in Saudi Arabia's Diruiya in November 2019, with Simon Evans and Sérgio Jimenez victory and victory. The third round of the support race will be held on February 15 [Sat] at 14:00 [local time] in Mexico City. Let's expect Aoki's success.