A support series at FIA Formula E Championship events using a full grid of brand-new Jaguar I-PACE electric sports cars will begin at the end of 2018.
The unveiling of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY was made at the Frankfurt Motor Show today and sees not only the first-ever series to race alongside Formula E, but also the first production battery electric vehicle race series to ever take place.
Up to 20 cars will make up the grid for the first season and will run at Formula E events at the end of 2018.
The series will be run as an ‘arrive and drive’ initiative with at least one of the entries reserved as a VIP car. They will be based on Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle, the I-PACE performance SUV, which will be available on the roads in late 2018.
The I-PACE offers a driving range of greater than 310 miles with 60 mph being reached in 4-seconds with 700Nm of instant torque available. Its two electric motors together will produce 400PS of power.
Jaguar to Run I-PACE eTROPHY Cars
Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) based in Warwickshire, UK, will build the race cars.
E-racing365 has discovered that the operational and logistical running of the cars will be controlled by Jaguar and run to a similar and proven model to that which Porsche has used for its long running F1 support series – the Porsche Supercup.
Running the cars from the Donington Park complex, where all Formula E teams started out working from, were discounted.
Only Andretti and NIO (formerly NextEV) and Dragon Racing currently operate from the Donington units with the first two teams having doubled up their factory space as others have moved out. Dragon Racing was believed to be also considering extra space.
The remaining offices and workshops were initially thought to be an option for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY but this plan was eventually not considered. Jaguar will therefore handle spare parts, the technical running of the cars and also garaging infrastructure at the events.
Sporting regulations, including a timetable framework for the series will be drawn up by the end of the calendar year. The races, however, will be 30 minutes in duration with free practice and qualifying sessions.
Technical specifications, the full race calendar and costs for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be released next year.