Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division are set to race the I-Pace in the eTrophy Formula E support series next year. The eTrophy events will run before every Formula E round and feature around 20 cars, all electric, to compete on race circuits around the world. The eTrophy version of the Jaguar I-Pace utilises 4 electric motors with one at each wheel, all supplied by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery. In order to prepare the car for racing, SVO has fitted a roll-cage, fixed rear wing, diffuser and race suspension.
Gerd Mäuser, Chairman, Jaguar Racing, said: "Jaguar returned to racing in 2016 with the mission 'Race to Innovate'. With the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY we have strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, international motorsport and Formula E. 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. I am looking forward to seeing a full grid of Jaguar I-PACE racecars 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.
"Formula E has grown exponentially since we joined as the first premium manufacturer last year, with commitments from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will improve the spectacle for the fans and gives young drivers a ladder into Formula E. We expect our series to be a sell-out and an exciting international sporting event."