Stun­ning new Jaguar I-pace race car

First pro­duc­tion elec­tric racer Sup­port se­ries for For­mula E

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JAGUAR has launched a rac­ing ver­sion of its I-pace elec­tric car, which will form the ba­sis of a sup­port se­ries for For­mula E, start­ing with the fifth sea­son in 2018-19.

The I-pace etro­phy will be con­tested by up to 20 cars, with all en­tries be­ing run cen­trally and seats be­ing of­fered on an ‘ar­rive-and-drive’ ba­sis to com­peti­tors.

The se­ries will sup­port ev­ery round of For­mula E, rac­ing on the streets of ma­jor cities in­clud­ing New York, Paris, Rome, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions (SVO) divi­sion has de­signed and built the car, which was un­veiled at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show this week.

The full tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions and per­for­mance fig­ures for the I-pace etro­phy have yet to be an­nounced, but Jaguar says they’ll be con­firmed ahead of the start of the sea­son next year. The man­u­fac­turer has also said that one car will be raced by a spe­cial guest ‘VIP’ driver at each round.

Com­ment­ing on the car’s launch, Gerd Mäuser, the chair­man of Jaguar Rac­ing, said: “With the launch of the Jaguar I-pace etro­phy, we’ve strength­ened our com­mit­ment to bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cles, in­ter­na­tional mo­tor­sport and For­mula E.

“As a Bri­tish team, we’re very proud to launch the world’s first pro­duc­tion bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cle cham­pi­onship.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing a full grid of I-pace race cars in late 2018, soon af­ter the first I-pace road car hits the streets in Europe. Ul­ti­mately, this in­no­va­tive se­ries will serve to en­hance the tech­nol­ogy used

in our fu­ture elec­tric ve­hi­cles and ben­e­fit our cus­tomers. The I-pace etro­phy will im­prove the spec­ta­cle for fans and gives young driv­ers a lad­der into For­mula E. We ex­pect our se­ries to be a sell­out.”

For­mula E’s chief ex­ec­u­tive and founder Ale­jan­dro Agag added: “Jaguar has been a wel­come ad­di­tion to the For­mula E grid and a fan­tas­tic ad­vo­cate for elec­tric street rac­ing. I’m de­lighted we’ll be adding a com­pet­i­tive new sup­port se­ries for sea­son five.”

■ PACE SET­TER I-pace racer has been de­vel­oped by Jaguar’s Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions (SVO) divi­sion

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