Several new entrants for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY are set to be announced in the coming weeks as it gets ready to become the first-ever all-electric production vehicle series.
New entries from China, Germany and Saudi Arabia will join the already announced Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Jaguar Brazil Racing and Asia Pacific eTROPHY teams.
“Six cars have been out and running here [at Silverstone] but we also have Saudi Arabian, Chinese and German entries to come,” championship manager Marion Barnaby told e-racing365.
“They have not made their announcements on drivers yet but the cars are sold and we are working to get the drivers confirmed soon.”
E-racing365 understands that at least one current Formula E team is likely to also enter a car in the inaugural season.
The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, which has a capacity of 20 entries, will race at nine of the 12 ABB FIA Formula E Championship events on the 2018-19 schedule.
“The goal is to have 20 cars at the first race and we are working hard to achieve that,” said Barnaby.
“A year ago this was just an announcement and we had a clay model of the car at Frankfurt Motorshow and now we are here running cars for a media day.
“Season One for us will be familiarizing the drivers with the cars, getting them on the grid and producing some great racing to make the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY publicly aware.”
A final test of the eTROPHY cars will take place at Rockingham in October before the cars are transported to Saudi Arabia for the first event in Riyadh on Dec. 15.
Race Sim Completed at First Group Test
At least one full race simulation of 25 minutes plus one lap is believed to have been completed during the first test at Silverstone earlier this week.
In addition to the announced drivers, e-racing365 understands that the currently unknown driver for the German-entered car also completed laps during the test.
Recently announced eTROPHY driver Simon Evans said that he was impressed with the new Michelin tire during his first running in the car.
“The tire didn’t actually drop off [over 25 minutes], it held on really well, so that’s going to make the racing exciting,” he said.
“It’s going to be important to make the tire work – with the [all-weather] blocks in the tires, seeing if you can stop them from moving around.
“The driver who makes that work best will probably end up on top.”