Jaguar already has a team in Formula E, the open wheel race series for electric cars. Soon it will begin production of the i-PACE, an all electric SUV to rival the Tesla Model X. The company says every car it sells will have an electric motor — whether in a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric car — by 2020. What better way to showcase its newfound electric car prowess than by organizing a racing series featuring the I-PACE exclusively to run concurrent with Formula E races around the world beginning next year?
The racing will be called the I-PACE eTROPHY and will kick off at the start of the fourth season of Formula E racing in October 2019. As many as 20 specially prepared I-PACE race cars will line up on Formula E race weekends at cities all around the world, such as Hong Kong, Paris, Sao Paulo, and New York to support the launch of Jaguar’s all-electric 5 passenger SUV. Technical specifications, race dates, and costs for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be released in 2018.
The announcement follows news that the British government is to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to electrification. Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations in Warwickshire will build the race cars.