Formula E excitement intensifies in late 2018 with arrival of Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series

Article by Christian A., on September 21, 2017

Soon, production-based electric cars could now race against each other on the circuits against the background of the FIA Formula E Championship, which is considered as the pinnacle of electric vehicle motorsports in the world. However, this new all-electric series will only be exclusive to Jaguar’s I-PACE race cars, as launched by Jaguar Racing.

Dubbed as the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, this new all-electric race series is the first international championship in the world for production-based electric cars. As the support series for the Formula E Championship, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will be held on the same city circuits on the same weekend schedules. Just like the Formula E Championship, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be a 10-race series to be held in cities like Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Rome and Sao Paolo.

The first event of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will commence in late 2018, or at the start of season five of the Formula E. To note, Jaguar became the first premium manufacturer to take part in the FIA Formula E Championship in 2016.

As for the participating cars, the new all-electric support series to the Formula E will only accept Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race cars, which are essentially track versions of the new Jaguar I-PACE. The new all-electric championship series is intended to support the impending launch of the Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first road-going electric vehicle that will be made available to the public in 2018. The transformation of the Jaguar I-PACE road-going sports car into the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race car will be managed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).

Jaguar plans to release the technical specs, race calendar and costs for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race cars in 2018. Up to 20 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race cars will line up on the grid during races. The 20 slots on the grid will be awarded to entrants on a first come and first served basis. Of course, drivers should hold relevant international race license to be able to take part in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series.

Interestingly, a complete ‘Arrive and Drive’ package will be offered to qualified entrants at each race. The package includes: professional technical support (from racecar preparation to data engineering), global logistics not just for vehicles but also for their spare parts and equipment; all tires and consumables; all garaging infrastructure during races; all Championship promotion and marketing by Jaguar Racing and FIA Formula E Championship; allocated hospitality for entrants, including a possible different VIP Drivers; Championship race wear for each driver; and dedicated Championship TV coverage.

Gerd Mauser, Chairman at Jaguar Racing, remarked that the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY strengthens the carmaker’s commitment not only to battery electric vehicles, but also to international motorsport and the FIA Formula E Championship.

Jaguar Land Rover has committed to electrify all its models – either as hybrid or all-electric units – starting in 2020. This would make Jaguar Land Rover already adherent – by 20 years early – to a recent announcement by the British government to ban sales of conventionally powered vehicles (petrol and diesel) starting 2040.

Press Release

JAGUAR CHARGES UP I-PACE WITH ALL-ELECTRIC RACE SERIES

· Jaguar Racing launches world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars

· ‘Arrive and Drive’ package offered for up to 20 drivers at each race, including a different VIP Driver at every venue

· Ten-race series in the world’s greatest cities including Hong Kong, Paris, Rome, New York and Sao Paolo

· Launching as the exclusive support race to the FIA Formula E Championship in season five – end of 2018

· Supports the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle

· Reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s future electrification strategy, commitment to electric street racing and ‘Race to Innovate’ mission

· I-PACE racecar built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations

· Jaguar the first premium manufacturer to join FIA Formula E Championship in 2016, ahead of competitors Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche

· From 2020, all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles to be electrified

Frankfurt, September 2017 – After becoming the first premium manufacturer to enter FIA Formula E Championship in 2016, Jaguar has created the world’s first production battery electric vehicle race series.

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be the support series for the FIA Formula E Championship, taking place on the same weekends at the same city circuits, starting in late 2018.

Exclusively featuring Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars, the new all-electric series gives racers of the future a chance to showcase their talent, competing on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport.

The groundbreaking championship will support the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE – Jaguar’s highly innovative five-seat battery electric sports car which hits the road in the same year.

Up to 20 electric I-PACE racecars will be on the grid in the centre of 10 races in global cities such as Hong Kong, Paris, Sao Paolo and New York, giving future FIA Formula E Championship stars the chance to race in the world-first series.

The announcement follows news that the British government is to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to electrification – from 2020 all new model lines will be electrified, with either hybrid or battery technology.

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, UK, will build the racecars. They will be based on Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle, the I-PACE performance SUV, which will hit the streets in late 2018.

Gerd Mäuser, Chairman, Jaguar Racing, said: “Jaguar returned to racing in 2016 with the mission ‘Race to Innovate’. With the launch of the Jaguar
I-PACE eTROPHY we have strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, international motorsport and FIA Formula E Championship. As a British team, we are proud to announce today the launch of the world’s first production battery electric vehicle championship.”

“We’ve always said we want to prove our electrification technologies on the track – this is the proof. 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.

“FIA Formula E Championship 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 eTROPHY will improve the spectacle for the fans and gives young drivers a ladder into FIA Formula E Championship. We expect our series to be a sell-out and an exciting international sporting event.”

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of FIA Formula E Championship, said: “Jaguar has been a welcome addition to FIA Formula E Championship and a fantastic advocate for electric street racing. I’m delighted that in addition to the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team competing on the FIA Formula E Championship grid, we will be adding to our race day schedule with a competitive new support series for season five. The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will bring more entertainment for fans in-between sessions and will be a further testament to the advances in battery technology and exciting electric performance. I hope Jaguar will allow me to bring my race suit and helmet... and maybe get behind the wheel myself!"

Technical specifications, race calendar and costs for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be released in 2018.

Customers interested in hearing more should email general.enquiries@jaguarracing.com

Demand is anticipated to be high and places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis from entrants and drivers holding the relevant international race licence.

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Additional information:

Jaguar Racing is offering a complete ‘Arrive and Drive’ packages in the
I-PACE eTROPHY that includes:

· Entry into a 10-race global championship supporting FIA Formula E Championship

· Professional technical support from racecar preparation to data engineering

· All global logistics for vehicles, spare parts and equipment

· All tyres and consumables

· All garaging infrastructure at race weekends

· All Championship promotion and marketing by Jaguar Racing and FIA Formula E Championship

· Allocated hospitality for entrants with the ability to purchase further places for sponsor guests

· Championship race wear for each driver

· Dedicated Championship television coverage

A typical race weekend will include free practice and qualifying sessions followed by a 30-minute race.

Venue and calendar subject to FIA approval.

Source: Jaguar

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