Jaguar I-PACE Sets EV Lap Record at Laguna Seca

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Hotshoe Randy Pobst wheels ‘showroom stock’ Jaguar I-PACE around Laguna Seca faster than any other EV.

The Jaguar I-PACE is a big deal in the automotive sphere. It represents a real threat to the electric vehicle monolith that is Tesla. In fact, when we drove the I-PACE a few months ago, we were shocked at how capable, and compromise-free it was, seemingly in all arenas. On road, off road, and even at the race track, it was unflappable. There aren’t too many EVs that handle repeated lapping around a circuit without overheating, but the I-PACE is one of them.

So it’s no surprise that the I-PACE forms the basis of the new I-PACE eTrophy racing series. The stock powertrain is solid, throw some sticky tire, big(ger) brakes on it and a roll cage inside and you’ve got a competent, and very unique racer.

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It should not come as a surprise for an electric vehicle that we loved, and has a racing series now formed around it, that if you put a racing driver behind the wheel, that it’s going to do big things. Now, the Jaguar I-PACE has another accolade under its belt: production lap record.


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Jaguar teamed up with Motor Trend and racing driver Randy Pobst to catalogue the endeavor. Pobst and Motor Trend took a ‘showroom stock’ Jaguar I-PACE and hit the pavement at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca to see what’s what. The end result is an astonishing 1:48.18 lap time, making the I-PACE the fastest four-door EV around the storied race track. Talk about a great way to kick off Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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Jake Stumph is a lifelong car enthusiast and racer, who has operated as the content editor for Internet Brands Automotive since 2015. He runs Corvette Forum, 6SpeedOnline, Honda-tech, and LS1tech, among other Internet Brands Automotive websites. His work has been featured by several other prominent automotive outlets, including Jalopnik and Autobytel.

He obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the Ohio State University in 2013, then pivoted from covering politics and policy to writing about his automotive adventures, something that, he says, is a lot more fun. Since that time, he has established connections with most of the world's major automakers, as well as other key brands in the automotive industry.

He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right, which is uncommon. You can check out what he's up to on his YouTube channel, as well as his Jake Stumph Racing Instagram account. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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