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

Frankfurt 2017 Jaguar Announces World's First Production EV Race Series

Frankfurt 2017 Jaguar Announces World's First Production EV Race Series

To ensure that there are drivers for those cars, Jaguar will roll out what it calls Arrive and Drive packages that make running in the I-Pace eTROPHY essentially a turn-key event.

The Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy will be the first championship for a production-based electric auto, and will follow the Formula E series around the globe.

The racing version will be built by the team at Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations in Warwickshire, UK, and will feature reconfigured suspension, a roll-cage, and a rear spoiler.

And now, at the ongoing 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it has announced the world's first ever battery operated EV race series, the "Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy".

Each race will last about 30 minutes, with up to 20 I-Pace race cars competing in this 10-race series. The announcement comes on the heels of the British Government saying that it will ban the sales of petrol and diesel vehicles 2040 onwards.

The complete technical specifications, race calendar, costs and futher details for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be released later in 2018.

Gerd Mäuser, chairman of Jaguar Racing, said: "Jaguar returned to racing in 2016 with the mission "Race to Innovate".

Maser continued saying that Jaguar wanted to prove their electrification technologies on the track, and that they were hoping for a full grid of I-PACE cars competing in the series in late 2018.

"Ultimately this innovative series will enhance the technology in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers".

He expected the series to serve as a "ladder" for young drivers into Formula E. 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.

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 global race licence.

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.

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