Jaguar has used the Frankfurt motor show to announce the creation of a racing championship for identical electric touring cars.

The series, contested by up to 20 examples of the brand’s soon-to-launch I-Pace electric car, will become the official support category for the FIA Formula E championship for electrically-powered single seaters. Jaguar entered Formula E in the 2016-17 season and other premium brands, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, have since announced plans to contest the series. The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy will start in late 2018 and visit such venues as Hong Kong, Paris, Rome, New York and Sao Paolo.

Arrive and drive

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), based in Warwickshire, UK, will build the eTrophy race cars and they will be run on an ‘arrive and drive’ basis. The packages will include entries into the 10-race global championship, professional technical support from race car preparation to data engineering, all global logistics for vehicles, spare parts and equipment, tyres and consumables, garaging infrastructure at race weekends, promotion and marketing by Jaguar Racing and Formula E, hospitality for entrants, Championship race wear for each driver and dedicated television coverage.

A typical race weekend will consist of free practice sessions, qualifying and a 30-minute race, and Jaguar expects demand for the cars to be high. Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis from entrants and drivers holding the relevant international race licence.

Jaguar Racing chairman Gerd Mäuser believes the series will prove the brand’s electrification technologies on the track. “Formula E has grown exponentially since we joined as the first premium manufacturer last year, with commitments from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche,” he says.

Technical specifications of the car, the race calendar and costs will be released in 2018. “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,” Mäuser adds.

 

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Andrew Charman
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