Jaguar to launch Formula E support series for 2018-19

Gwen Vasquez
September 12, 2017

The new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will join the Formula E circuit in 2018.

Maybe that will be enough to drum up some attention for the I-Pace eTrophy and electric racing in general.

The production car's sizeable 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack, good for 310 miles in the road auto, should also be game for several laps at race pace.

The racecars will be produced by Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations team based on the I-Pace SUV that goes on sale next year.

It's the first ever worldwide electric production vehicle series with drivers racing the all-new I-Pace.

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Gerd Mäuser, chairman of Jaguar Racing, says the new auto strengthens Jaguar's commitment to battery electric vehicles, global motorsport and Formula E - a series that Jaguar has been a part of since its third season. It's a decision made partly in response to the United Kingdom government's decision to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040.

"We've always said we want to prove our electrification technologies on the track - this is the proof", said Mäuser. Ultimately, this innovative series will serve to enhance the technology used in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers. "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".

The first person to show interest in that offer was Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, who said that he would relish the chance to take part in the new series. The I-Pace eTrophy will improve the spectacle for fans and gives young drivers a ladder into Formula E. We expect our series to be a sellout'. "The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY 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 worldwide sporting event".

No performance numbers or technical specifications have been released, but judging by the looks, the race-ready I-PACE seems like a serious performer. "I'm delighted we'll be adding a competitive new support series for season five".

Places will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and drivers will require an worldwide racing licence.

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