The second and final pre-season test for the inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY season took place at Rockingham this week.
The championship, which will get underway in support of the Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Dec. 15, had its first test on Silverstone’s Stowe Circuit in September.
Its five confirmed drivers were amongst those present for a second test on the roval at Rockingham, Northamptonshire, between Tuesday and Thursday.
Katherine Legge, Bryan Sellers, Sergio Jimenez, Caca Bueno and Simon Evans all turned laps in their I-PACE eTROPHY cars which have had liveries added to them ahead of the season-opener.
“I’m really pleased with the performance of the cars and all of the drivers this week,” commented championship manager Marion Barnaby.
“As well as banking valuable test laps, the drivers went through a full grid and race start, getting ready for our first race. We can’t wait to get started.”
British model and racing enthusiast David Gandy also drove one of the cars, and it is understood he could race in the VIP car which will be reserved for a famous face at each event.
“This is a hugely impressive car,” Gandy said. “I was initially sceptical about electric cars, but now after driving the Jaguar I-PACE and the I-PACE eTROPHY I’m a convert.
“The racecar is so powerful but it’s a friendly car to drive – it’s a lot of fun and holding your speed around the corners is a test of nerve.
“I’m already a Formula E fan but adding the element of production car racing will add something special. I’ll definitely be watching.”
Additional Driver Confirmations Imminent, Bin Khanen Set for Race Seat
Additional entrants from China, Saudi Arabia and Germany also took part in the test, with teams set to announce drivers and details of their programs later this month.
One of the new drivers appears to be Ahmed Bin Khanen, with the Saudi having taken part at Rockingham.
Bin Khanen, who has competed in GT3 machinery in the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai, posted photos of an I-PACE eTROPHY car on Instagram.
“Just finished the first testing of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy,” Bin Khanen wrote on Instagram.
“The car definitely feels different than any car I raced but I’m getting used to it.”