Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy Racecar to Make Public Debut in Berlin
Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy racecar series will begin role as Formula E support series this May.
Jaguar continues to lead the charge in the future of battery electric vehicles. With the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE out now, the next push for the brand is the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy racecar. The I-PACE eTrophy will make its global public debut on the streets of Berlin ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E-Prix.
Following the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE in March, Jaguar Racing will mark this historic moment for the new international production based electric vehicle race series with a demonstration lap of the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy racecar on Saturday, May 19, at the Tempelhof circuit. The display will take place during the Berlin E-Prix showcasing the car to a global audience, and to promote the championship ahead of the season five launch later this year. The driver of the car in Berlin will be announced shortly.
James Barclay, Team Director Jaguar Racing, said: “We are excited to reveal the new Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy racecar in Berlin and demonstrate its dynamic capabilities for the first time. The team at Jaguar Racing and Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) are building the key foundations for the incredibly exciting championship and we are pleased with the progress of our test and development program, which has included a successful tire test with our partner Michelin.
“We are really happy with the way the championship is progressing, and we are attracting more interest from teams around the world who want to be involved in this pioneering championship. We would also like to welcome M-Sport, who bring a wealth of experience, expertise and professionalism to the team as technical operations partner for the eTrophy.”
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Jaguar Racing have carried out successful development tests alongside Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, UK, to engineer and refine the performance of the production-based racecars. This testing has has included chassis setup, powertrain performance, energy management and aerodynamics tuning. The eTrophy development car has also completed its first shakedown at Jaguar Land Rover’s test track in Gaydon, England. From there, initial tire tests with Championship Partner, Michelin, were conducted in Ladoux, France.
Jaguar Racing have enlisted MS-RT, the race technology division of M-Sport, as technical operations partner for eTrophy. They will provide on-track engineering and technical resource and deliver the ‘Arrive and Drive’ package for competitors. M-Sport are an experienced and respected automotive company and will become a valued partner to Jaguar Racing. In addition, current partner, Williams Advanced Engineering will support the eTrophy series in various technical areas including vehicle control systems.
The eTrophy racecars are based on the Jaguar I-PACE, and up to 20 eTrophy racecars will line up on the grid in some of the world’s great cities including Hong Kong, Rome, Paris and New York from the start of the 2018/19 series of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The full race calendar will be revealed later this year. Further news on eTrophy teams will be announced shortly.