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.