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I-PACE eTROPHY Planning ‘VIP’ Car for Inaugural Season

Jaguar set to run a ‘VIP’ entry in its single-make electric production car series this year…

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The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is planning to add a ‘VIP’ car to the grid for its inaugural campaign supporting the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Season Five.

E-racing365 understands that Jaguar will provide a single entry to a public figure, from motorsport or elsewhere, who must have at least an International C racing license.

The arrive and drive-based series will visit 10 cities across the 2018-19 Formula E calendar, with a 25-minute plus one lap race being held before each E-Prix.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag gave the Jaguar I-PACE racer its public debut last week during the championship’s visit to Berlin (above), ahead of its introduction on the E-Prix support bill.

“There will be a VIP car”, championship manager Marion Barnaby told e-racing365.

“We’re just putting all those names together at the moment. Obviously, we need to make sure the guys have the correct license – at least International C – to run themselves.

“We could take someone from a different driving discipline, all sorts. We just need to see if they’ve got the right licenses.”

Jaguar Racing director James Barclay said the plan to include a VIP entry would be open to both celebrities and professional drivers eyeing a future involvement with the series.

Potential entrants will be able to run at a pair of “acclimatization tests” in August, followed by four test days in October that will include a simulation of the race day format.

“That’s absolutely our plan to have a VIP car so we can bring not just celebrities, but also drivers from other categories who want to come in and experience this environment,” Barclay told e-racing365.

“The only way they can do this is to come and actually race in this championship, so from that point of view, it’s a great opportunity to bring some big names to come and compete on a Formula E weekend.”

Two-class Format in the Works

E-racing365 also understands that the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will likely comprise of two categories, based on the FIA driver rating system.

Barclay said that the top class is expected to be reserved for gold and silver rated competitors, while bronze drivers could battle for honors in a separate bracket.

Further details of the class layout are expected to be released in the coming months, while multiple teams are believed to be preparing announcements for the inaugural season.

“The aim is not only to provide a fantastic support championship for Formula E,” explained Barclay.

“It is also an incredible global production championship which will have great drivers, both professional and amateur, that provides great racing. That’s what we want to achieve.”

“The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is a serious bit of equipment as well. From a driving perspective, I think it’ll reward.

“Hopefully over the three years, we’ll see some great racing, some great championship battles and hopefully the creation of career paths for some drivers who want to use it for that purpose.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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