It’s been the better part of a year since Jaguar first revealed the I-Pace eTrophy at the Frankfurt Auto Show. And now the electric racer has debuted on track for the first time.
Based on Jaguar’s electric crossover, the I-Pace eTrophy has been stripped out and upgraded for racing. We still don’t have official specifications, but we can see that it has a more aggressive aero package for track duty, a stiffer suspension with Michelin racing slicks, and a bare-bones cockpit with full roll cage.
The British outfit gave the honor of driving the prototype to Alejandro Agag, CEO of the FIA Formula E Championship to which the eTrophy will serve as a support series. “The eTROPHY car feels great – it looks like a production road vehicle with the performance of a racecar,” said Agag. “This series is all about bringing new innovative technology to a wider audience, and the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is a perfect platform to do this alongside Formula E.”
The racing exec drove it around the Tempelhof Circuit at the Berlin ePrix this past weekend. And it’s set to form the backbone of the new series starting next year. Jaguar Racing and its partners at M-Sport will provide up to 20 of them on an “arrive and drive” basis, including technical support and logistics, tires, hospitality, even a racing suit, helmet, gloves, and boots. The series will feature at ten races next season, and ought to even further elevate the spectacle of the burgeoning electric racing championship.
“Today is an exciting day for the future of Jaguar Racing as we showcase all of the hard work our Special Vehicle Operations team have done to get us to this moment in their development of this exciting new support series,” said Jaguar Racing chief Gerd Mäuser. “As a business we are committed to electrification and the future of battery electric vehicles. We have already transferred key learnings from our involvement in Formula E into the development of our future road cars, and no doubt that the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will only further enhance this learning and development.”