Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy

Jaguar I-Pace Goes Racing In 2018 As Formula E Support Series

Jaguar will launch a one-make racing series for the I-Pace in late 2018 that will put the electric crossovers on track as a support series for the Formula E Championship. The British brand will run the I-Pace eTrophy events on an arrive-and-drive basis, so competitors will be able to show up without worrying about issues like shipping the electric CUVs between tracks or other technical support.

The I-Pace eTrophy will hold 10 events during its inaugural season, which will include the Formula E races in Hong Kong, Paris, Rome, New York and Sao Paolo. Each one will put 20 racers on track, including a VIP driver. According to Jaguar, each race will be 30 minutes long, plus practice and qualifying sessions.

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations will handle building the I-Pace racers, but the firm won’t release technical changes about them yet. Judging by the company’s renderings, the tweaks will likely include a much lower ride height, more aggressive bodywork, fixed rear wing, and a diffuser. Inside, changes like a stripped interior and roll cage seem very likely.

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations will handle building the I-Pace racers, but the firm won’t release technical changes about them yet. Judging by the company’s renderings, the tweaks will likely include a much lower ride height, more aggressive bodywork, fixed rear wing, and a diffuser. Inside, changes like a stripped interior and roll cage seem very likely.

In production guise, the I-Pace will have a total of 395 horsepower (294 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (699 Newton-meters) from two electric motors – one at each axle. It’ll let the vehicle reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in around 4 seconds. A 90-kilowatt-hour battery will allow for over 310 miles (500 kilometers) of range on a charge per in the New European Driving Cycle evaluation.

Jaguar will begin I-Pace deliveries in Europe before the end of 2017, and they’ll come to the United States in 2018. Pricing will reportedly be around $70,000.

Just before the opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Jaguar Land Rover announced that it would offer an electrified version of every model in the lineup starting in 2020. These will include pure EVs, plug-in hybrids, and mild hybrid powertrains.
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