Jaguar took its I-PACE eTROPHY race car to the rigorous cold weather testing facility at Arjeplog, Sweden, following its race debut at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing ABB FIA Formula E Championship driver Nelson Piquet Jr. drove the all-electric car on one of the region’s frozen lakes in temperatures below -40°F (-40°C), around 18°F (10°C) lower than the minimum operating temperature for most electric vehicles.
The eTROPHY car took to the ice alongside a production I-PACE to prove the effectiveness of the battery’s thermal management system.
Both versions are powered by a 90 kWh lithium ion battery, while it can charge from empty to 80 percent in 40 minutes using DC rapid charging at 100 kW.
“We took the I-PACE eTROPHY out of its comfort zone today and into sub-zero temperatures,” said Piquet.
“It took the challenge head on and excelled itself. Driving it on the frozen lakes and feeling the performance in such extreme conditions was something I won’t forget for a while.”
Jaguar Land Rover’s Ice Academy in Arjeplog allows guests to develop their driving skills across 50 miles of tracks in cold-weather conditions on the edge of the Arctic Circle.