M-Sport is poised to take on a key role in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, with the UK-based motorsport and automotive engineering firm understood to be closing in on a deal to provide operations and technical support for the new all-electric series.
Industry sources have indicated to e-racing365 that the multi-time World Rally Championship-winning squad, which expanded into circuit racing in 2013, will operate the identically prepared Jaguar I-PACE race cars.
The single-make championship will debut later this year as the leading support series for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
M-Sport founder and CEO Malcom Wilson is on-site at this weekend’s Mexico City E-Prix as a guest of Panasonic Jaguar Racing and is understood to have attended meetings with I-PACE eTROPHY championship manager Marion Barnaby and other key Jaguar personnel.
Both Wilson and a Jaguar representative declined to comment when reached by e-racing365 on the possible deal.
Jaguar officially took the wraps off its road-going I-PACE this week, which will form the basis for the race car and feature the same all-electric powertrain.
Featuring a 90 kWh battery with an estimated range of 240 miles, the I-PACE will be able to achieve 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Barnaby told e-racing365 that track testing is expected to begin in the coming weeks.
E-racing365 understands that several entrants will be revealed shortly to add to the already confirmed Rahal Letterman Lanigan squad, which confirmed a two-car program late last year.
Sam Smith and John Dagys contributed to this report