Jaguar Racing Chairman Gerd Mäuser believes that the new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will validate its electrified strategy further and enhance its street credentials after announcing that from 2020, all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electric.
“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 Formula E,” said Mäuser.
“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 race cars 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.”
Mäuser also expects the new and exclusive support series to the FIA Formula E Championship to be over-subscribed from an early stage.
“The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will improve the spectacle for the fans and gives young drivers a ladder into Formula E,” he said. “We expect our series to be a sell-out and an exciting international sporting event.”
Meanwhile, Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag has lauded Jaguar’s commitment to founding the new support series.
“Jaguar has been a welcome addition to Formula E and a fantastic advocate for electric street racing,” said Agag. “I’m delighted that in addition to the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team competing on the Formula E 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!”