Get Up Close and Personal with an I-Pace Race Car

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Though Célia Martin’s I-Pace looks nearly stock on the outside, there’s more than meets the eye hiding within.

As Jaguar’s first EV, the I-Pace is a welcome change from the Tesla game when it comes to automotive luxury and performance. And speaking of performance, the electric crossover is able to throw its weight around the corners in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series, a support series for FIA’s Formula E Championship featuring 20 cars with identical specs fighting for the crown over 10 races.

What’s it like to drive inside one of the I-Pace eTrophy cars? Jaguar Deutschland takes a look at the one helmed by Team Germany driver Célia Martin to learn more.

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Car

“This is my racing car, and as you can see, it looks very similar to the normal I-Pace,” said Martin. “We just have a little modification for the bodywork. It’s a little bit body-built.”

Martin adds that tire pressure and suspension are also a big part of a successful run around a given circuit for an I-Pace eTrophy car, especially for a shot at the top spot on the podium.

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Car

“This is my office,” said Martin. “Here is the regeneration, so when you’re braking, to use a little bit more electric energy to brake you. We have just two positions — on or off at the moment. You can play with the ABS. It’s [the] amount of time you have before you lock the tires… 400 horsepower to manage with that car.”

Next to Martin’s seat is a bit of extra ballast to compensate for her lightness, plus a fire extinguisher and a radio. The whole affair is quite the departure from what an I-Pace usually has, but it’s cool to see what it takes to make the crossover race-ready.

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Car

“When we have this autograph session, I’m always very impressed by the amount of people interested just to [have] something on the paper,” said Martin, “because it can be nothing, but for them, it’s quite a bit of thing… It’s a nice part of being a racing driver.”

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Car

Another nice part of being a driver in the I-Pace eTrophy, of course, is making the podium, which Martin did in the Pro-Am class at Hong Kong with a third place finish a couple of months ago. Martin is currently fourth in the Pro-Am standings of the 2018-19 season heading into Paris April 26 through 28.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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