Jaguar has announced the launch of a new support series to the all-electric Formula E Championship, set to join the calendar in season five, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new series, named the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, will run for ten races per season alongside the main Formula E calendar and will feature ten teams with two drivers each.
The race format will include a practice session, qualifying and a 30-minute race, while there will also be a VIP entry into the 20-car field.
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Gerd Mauser, JLR chief marketing officer and the chairman of Jaguar FE team, spoke of the new series at FMS.
“Jaguar returned to racing in 2016 with the mission ‘Race to Innovate’,” said Mauser. “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.”
Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag also threw his weight behind the new series and praised Jaguar for their continuing contributions to the world of electric racing.
“Jaguar has been a welcome addition to Formula E and a fantastic advocate for electric street racing,” said Agag. “I’m delighted that in addition to the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team competing on the Formula E grid, we will be adding to our race day schedule with a competitive new support series for season five.
“The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will bring more entertainment for fans in-between sessions and will be a further testament to the advances in battery technology and exciting electric performance. I hope Jaguar will allow me to bring my race suit and helmet and maybe get behind the wheel myself!”
Further details on the Jaguar I-PACE TROPHY, including technical specifications, race calendar and costs will be released in 2018.