Jaguar To Launch Single-Make Electric Racing Series To Support Formula E

1 month ago by Motorsport.com 8

Jaguar will launch a one-make Formula E support series in 2018 that will be the world’s first championship for a production-based electric car.

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will join the Formula E package for the 2018/19 season, becoming its first dedicated support category. While details of the technical specification, calendar and price will not be confirmed until next year, Jaguar’s announcement that it will be a 10-round series suggests it will feature at all Formula E events.

It will be capped at 20 drivers, including a ‘VIP’ entry at each round, while the format will comprise a practice and qualifying session and a 30-minute race.

Jaguar has also said it is planning an arrive-and-drive package that will include the entry, technical and logistical support, spares, hospitality and more.

The series, revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, will coincide with the launch of the I-PACE, Jaguar Land Rover’s first all-electric vehicle, in the second half of 2018.

JLR’s special vehicle operations department will build the racing versions of the all-wheel-drive five-seater sports car, which should begin testing early next year, while Jaguar Racing, which operates the Formula E team, will run the cars.

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Car

The Indian-owned British manufacturer joined the series last year and finished last of the 10 teams, but had effectively written it off as a learning campaign and is aiming to make a significant step forward in the coming 2017/18 season.

A Jaguar statement said the I-PACE series “reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to electrification”, and comes a week after its announcement that all new JLR model lines will contain either hybrid or battery technology from 2020.

Gerd Mauser, JLR chief marketing officer and the chairman of Jaguar FE team, said: “As a British team, we are proud to announce today the launch of the world’s first production battery electric vehicle championship. We’ve always said we want to prove our electrification technologies on the track – this is the proof.

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Car – Image Credit: InsideEVs / Tom Moloughney

“I am looking forward to seeing a full grid of Jaguar I-PACE race cars in late 2018, soon after the first Jaguar I-PACE hits the road in Europe.  Ultimately this innovative series will enhance the technology in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers.”

Mauser added that “we expect our series to be a sell-out and an exciting international sporting event”.

Formula E and the FIA have been exploring the possibility of a support series for some time. The inaugural season featured races from the ‘Formula E School Series’, a Greenpower Education Trust-backed featuring small student-built electric cars.

In Hong Kong last season there was a one-off event for electric Volkswagen Golfs, the first time Formula E was supported by production cars.

FIA president Jean Todt has highlighted the significance of adding a legitimate support category to Formula E, and series founder Alejandro Agag said he is “delighted” it will come with a premium brand like Jaguar.

Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Car

Hat tip to Rich!

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8 responses to "Jaguar To Launch Single-Make Electric Racing Series To Support Formula E"

  1. islandboy says:

    I guess this will have to settle for being the second “first championship for a production-based electric car” after the Electric GT series premiers in November 2017, using the Tesla Model S. Or Maybe they don’t consider the Model S a “production” electric car!

    1. Gerhard Hauer says:

      I would not bet on the ElectricGT anymore.
      Delayed again and again and now very quiet.
      Could not find a race schedule on their website anymore.

  2. pjwood1 says:

    Porsche used to support F1 races with one-make 993s. Lots of “paint-swappin'” when you have a bunch of identical cars.

  3. serial anti Tesla troll Thomas says:

    Looks really hot

  4. FFE 1 says:

    lose the grill

  5. Rich says:

    Love it! We need more types of electric racing to help raise EV awareness. This should be a fun racing series.

    Here’s an into video by Jag
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVOmNnK-6T8

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hey Rich,

      Had not seen that promo video yet! Thanks for bringing to our attention, will add to the story (with a hat tip of course).

      Much thanks!

  6. GibsonRS says:

    And as the title suggests under the fancy paintwork and extra spoilers is the production car – our first proper look……. and it looks great.

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