Jaguar has announced the new I-Pace E-Trophy racing series – the world’s first electric race series to use cars based on series production vehicles.
Starting in 2018, the I-Pace E-Trophy will serve as the main support series for Formula E. It will follow the open-wheel EV race series to all 10 circuits on the calendar, giving rising race stars the chance to showcase their talents in front of the Formula E paddock. Up to 20 I-Paces will participate in each of the races, Jag says.
“We’ve always said we want to prove our electrification technologies on the track – this is the proof,” said Jaguar Racing boss Gerd Mäuser. “I am looking forward to seeing a full grid of Jaguar I-Pace racecars in late 2018, soon after the first Jaguar I-Pace hits the road in Europe. Ultimately this innovative series will enhance the technology in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers.”
“Formula E has grown exponentially since we joined as the first premium manufacturer last year, with commitments from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. The Jaguar I-Pace e-Trophy will improve the spectacle for the fans and gives young drivers a ladder into Formula E. We expect our series to be a sell-out and an exciting international sporting event.”
Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division (SVO) will build the I-Pace racecars at its HQ in Warwickshire, UK. They will be based the production version of the I-Pace, which will make an estimated 395 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque between two electric motors. The official specs of the racecar, along with entry costs and the race calendar, will be announced at a later date.
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