Jaguar shows a new sporty version of its upcoming electric crossover
Jaguar has revealed a racing version of its I-Pace electric SUV at the Frankfurt motor show.Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division will produce the car to compete in an eTrophy series to support Formula E from 2018.
- To tune the car for racing, SVO will kit it out with competition suspension, a roll cage and other track-spec changes including a fixed rear wing and diffuser.
- Jaguar hasn't confirmed the power output of the production I-Pace, still less this new racer, but the concept I-Pace uses four electric motors to power each wheel, with a combined 395bhp and 516lb ft, with energy from a 90kWh lithium-ion battery. The concept can hit 62mph in around four seconds, but we hope the performance of the racer could be enhanced with increased output as well as reduced weight.
- The new eTrophy event will see a field of up to 20 cars racing during the Formula E weekend schedule of 10 events in the 2018/19 season. As such, the eTrophy will have a role similar to that of the Formula 1-supporting Porsche Supercup series.
- The new racer is seen as a way to promote Jaguar’s first electric car, which was described as being a “driver’s car” that “maximises performance” by Jaguar's Formula E team director James Barclay.
Jaguar Racing chairman Gerd Mäuser said: “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 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.”
- Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said: “I’m delighted that 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.”
- Jaguar’s eTrophy will almost certainly be the world’s first FIA-sanctioned international production-based electric vehicle series. It won't be the first electric production racing championship overall - that title will go to the Electric GT series, which uses the Tesla Model S and starts in November 2017.