Jaguar charges up I-pace with all-electric race series

Jaguar charges up I-pace with all-electric race series

"With the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY we have strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, worldwide motorsport and Formula E. As a British team, we are proud to announce today the launch of the world's first production battery electric vehicle championship".

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.

It's the work of Jaguar Land Rover's increasingly busy Special Vehicle Operations division (SVO), best known for SVR versions of road-going Jaguar and Range Rover models and limited-run specials such as the F-type-based Project 7 and the XE-derived Project 8.

Jaguar will be launching a one-make Formula E support race series called the I-PACE eTrophy for the 2018-2019 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. The race series will have all drivers driving the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy racecars. "With the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy we have strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, global motorsport and Formula E".

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Gerd Mauser, JLR chief marketing officer and the chairman of Jaguar FE team, said: "As a British team, we are proud to announce today the launch of the world's first production battery electric vehicle championship".

Tata owned British auto manufacturer Jaguar was one of the first companies to take part in the FIA Formula E a year ago.

Jaguar's already receiving enquiries on the series, which it sees as the ideal launch pad for ambitious drivers keen to showcase their skills in front of a global audience and some serious OEMs, including Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. "I'm delighted we'll be adding 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.

The complete technical specifications, race calendar, costs and futher details for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be released later in 2018. Coincidentally, the 2018-19 Formula E season will also be the first in which the single-seater racers will be required to complete an entire race with one vehicle, rather than the range-enforced auto swaps we've seen up until now.

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