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Jaguar to launch Formula E support series for 2018-19

Jaguar to launch Formula E support series for 2018-19”

Each race weekend will feature free practice sessions, qualifying and a 30 minute race.

It's the work of Jaguar Land Rover's increasingly busy Special Vehicle Operations division (SVO), best known for SVR versions of road-going Jaguar and Range Rover models and limited-run specials such as the F-type-based Project 7 and the XE-derived Project 8.

Jaguar has announced probably the last thing you were expecting: a race series based on near-production-spec I-Pace electric SUVs on city circuits around the world.

Jaguar has been racing in Formula E itself since 2016. "With the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY we have strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, worldwide motorsport and Formula E. As a British team, we are proud to announce today the launch of the world's first production battery electric vehicle championship".

Jaguar also announced that they are hoping to offer "arrive and drive" packages, that will give drivers the technical support and spares to take part in the series.

'I'm looking forward to seeing a full grid of I-Pace race cars in late 2018, soon after the first I-Pace road auto hits the streets in Europe, ' said Mäuser, adding, 'Ultimately, this innovative series will serve to enhance the technology used in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers. The model will form the basis of a new production vehicle support series for Formula E and is due to begin with Formula E's fifth season in 2018-19. With the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, we have strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, worldwide motorsport and Formula E.

FIA president Jean Todt has highlighted the significance of adding a legitimate support category to FE, and series founder Alejandro Agag said he is "delighted" it will come with a premium brand like Jaguar.

"I'm looking forward to seeing a full grid of I-Pace race cars in late 2018, soon after the first I-Pace road vehicle hits the streets in Europe".

"I hope Jaguar will allow me to bring my race suit and helmet... and maybe get behind the wheel myself!" Ultimately, this innovative series will serve to enhance the technology used in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers.



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