Oxfordshire, UK – Jaguar TCS Racing is now using Aero Sustainable Material Technology’s urethane film technology to provide the livery for its race cars. The team, which competes in FIA’s Formula E World Championship for all-electric cars, is using the material in place of a more traditional wrap system.
Aero’s materials contain no PVC and emit no VOCs. They also cannot form particulates, and therefore do not contribute to the microplastics problem, in contrast to traditional paints. The films are manufactured at low temperature, and at end of life can be recycled or upcycled.
The clear coat layer eliminates microabrasion, giving resistance to stone chips and other environmental effects. The thickness and construction of the films can be optimise to balance weight and durability across a vehicle, with thicker films used where wear is likely to be higher, and lightweight ones for lower wear areas.
Jaguar says the race team allows it to develop and test innovations that could benefit future road vehicles. This includes lightweighting, where the Aero film can also help by replacing multiple layers of coatings.
“Working with Aero is revolutionary, as it has provided us with a solution which outperforms a traditional car wrap in every way – it’s lighter, more durable and has dramatically less impact on our planet,” said James Barclay, team principal at Jaguar TCS Racing. “And this hasn’t comprised on the appearance either, our two race cars make their mark on the grid with their distinctive black, white and gold asymmetric livery.”
Aero CEO James McGuire added that the product was originally developed for the aerospace industry as a durable, lightweight and decorative replacement for paint. “When we pivoted to the automotive industry, we were able to dial in the performance and aesthetic value within motorsport,” he said. “But the real value driver that has excited OEMs is our products’ sustainability and contribution to a more circular economy. Our business is committed to eliminating VOCs, CO2, and other harmful pollutants, while maintaining – or enhancing – performance and aesthetics for the ultimate customer experience.”