Hot on the heels of its announcement that every new Jaguar Land Rover arriving after 2020 will have some form of electrification, Jaguar announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show the introduction of the I-Pace eTrophy.
This has to do with the decision from the British automaker to organize a one-model series of races for the I-Pace starting late next year and acting as a support series for the Formula E Championship. The British brand is even putting an emphasis on the fact this will be an arrive-and-drive event, so pilots and their teams won’t have to worry about any of the logistical challenges. The newly instituted I-Pace eTrophy will have ten stages for the inaugural season, including the Formula E races in Hong Kong, Paris, Rome, New York and Sao Paolo. Each one will have 20 pilots on the track, with one of them being a VIP.
Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations has been tasked to complete the build for the competition machines, one of them present at the festivities in front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show, but there are no technical details to discuss just yet. As a reminder, the standard I-Pace has two electric motors with a combined output of 395 horsepower (294 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (699 Newton-meters, hitting 60 mph in just four seconds and the 90-kilowatt-hour battery delivering a NEDC range of more than 310 miles (500 kilometers).