Here's Jaguar's electric racecar, debuting in new Formula E series 2018

James Marshall
September 12, 2017

Jaguar has announced a racing version of its upcoming I-Pace electric auto at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show.

According to Jaguar, the I-PACE eTrophy is the first worldwide championship for production-based electric cars.

The 30-minute races are expected to feature as many as 20 cars. The support package includes everything from help with vehicle prep, logistics support, and consumable parts to hospitality and even driving suits.

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.

As eTrophy is a support series, all races will take place on the same weekends as the same city circuits as the core Formula E races, with Jaguar's offering set to begin in late 2018.

The full technical specifications and performance figures for the I-Pace eTrophy have yet to be announced, but Jaguar says they'll be confirmed ahead of the start of the season next year.

"As a British team, we are proud to announce today the launch of the world's first production battery electric vehicle championship".

Gerd Mauser, the chairman of the Jaguar Formula E programme which will be running the cars, said that the championship will allow Jaguar to further showcase their electronic credentials.

What do you think of Jaguar's I-Pace eTrophy series?

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

"We've always said we want to prove our electrification technologies on the track - this is the proof. I'm delighted we'll be adding a competitive new support series for season five". But we have to admit that I-Pace race auto looks pretty dang cool.

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 worldwide race licence.

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