Adam Carroll is hoping motor racing fans will give him an extra boost when he makes his debut for Jaguar in the FIA Formula E Championship in Hong Kong this weekend.
The former A1GP champion from Portadown will be joined by New Zealander Mitch Evans as Jaguar return to racing for the first time in 12 years, joining the growing band of teams in the global series which features fully electric single-seater racing cars.
Heavily promoted by the FIA as part of its 'green' agenda, FE is gathering momentum as it enters its third year of winter season races on street circuits in major cities around the world. Powered by lithium ion batteries, which are made for all the teams by Williams Advanced Engineering, the Dallara-designed cars can reach speeds of up to 150mph.
Carroll has been racing cars since he was 15, his career spanning everything from Formula Three, where his rivals included Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, to Indycars in America and DTM saloons in Germany. Most recently he has been racing in the World Endurance Championship for the Gulf Porsche team.
Successful in virtually every class of racing he has contested, Carroll finally, at the age of 34, gets the opportunity to drive for a major manufacturer in a series which will be broadcast live on Channel 5.
Naturally he is delighted to have joined a company with an impressive pedigree and racing history.
"I've been a Jaguar fan since I was no age and now to have the chance to drive for them is amazing," he said. "Formula E is gathering momentum all the time with more and more manufacturers coming on board. Audi will be joining next year and now Mercedes have taken an option to become part of the series from 2018. It is growing all the time and I'm excited to be part of it."
When he lines up this weekend, Carroll will see several familiar faces on the grid including ex-F1 drivers like Nick Heidfeld, Lucas di Grassi, Nelson Piquet Junior, Sebastien Buemi and Jean Eric Vergne.
Fans can give Carroll an extra edge by voting for him in 'fanboost'. It is a poll on the Formula E website in which fans get to support their favourite drivers.
The top three drivers get an extra power boost which they can use during the race to help with top speed and overtaking.