Jaguar takes the electric I-Pace to the track


Formula E is expanding with a support series for the 2018-19 season.

A 220 kW electric powertrain features a number of components borrowed from the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace.

Jaguar envisions that 10 races in the Formula E season that begins late in 2018 will add the I-Pace eTrophy series, including Hong Kong, New York, Paris, and Sao Paolo.

Jaguar joined Formula E in 2016 for its first season and finished in last place in the Teams' Standings, using the season as a learning process, in a bid to take a major step forward in the 2017-18 season.

Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag followed this up by promoting Jaguar's commitment to the series' efforts.

And today at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the British vehicle giant revealed its race version of the I-Pace, along with the news it is launching the world's first global championship for production-based electric cars.

Tim Hannig, chief of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, says that the company's "aim with the E-type Zero is to future-proof classic auto ownership". "Ultimately this innovative series will enhance the technology in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers". "We are going to deliver a step-by-step complete electrified portfolio and from 2020 onwards all of our cars will deliver the option to be electrified".

One of the few people who've driven the pre-production I-Pace so far is Magna's president of vehicle technology and engineering, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, who told Automotive News the first electric Jaguar has "unbelievable" acceleration. "I hope Jaguar will allow me to bring my race suit and helmet. and maybe get behind the wheel myself!" Formula E will also create a mono-electric and electric SUV touring championship based on the I-PACE Jaguar, which will go on sale next year.