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Jaguar Announces I-Pace eTrophy race series to support Formula E

Jaguar Announces I-Pace eTroph...
The new series from Jaguar will exclusively feature Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race cars like this one on display in Frankfurt
The new series from Jaguar will exclusively feature Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race cars like this one on display in Frankfurt
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The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series will be using modified versions of the I-Pace electric crossover, set to debut in 2018
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The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series will be using modified versions of the I-Pace electric crossover, set to debut in 2018
The new Jaguar race series will debut alongside the production of the I-Pace, shown here, and will feature modified I-Paces sent through Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations lab
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The new Jaguar race series will debut alongside the production of the I-Pace, shown here, and will feature modified I-Paces sent through Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations lab
The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series cars have several obvious modifications versus the production I-Pace, not the least of which is the large aero wing added to the deck
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The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series cars have several obvious modifications versus the production I-Pace, not the least of which is the large aero wing added to the deck
Paint and numbers for the I-Pace eTrophy racers will obviously change per the driver to differentiate racers on the circuit
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Paint and numbers for the I-Pace eTrophy racers will obviously change per the driver to differentiate racers on the circuit
Some aerodynamics changes to the eTrophy series of the I-Pace are apparent in this closeup of the front fascia
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Some aerodynamics changes to the eTrophy series of the I-Pace are apparent in this closeup of the front fascia
Racers in the new series will largely be lower-tier and beginner racers in the FIA Formula series, who will have the chance to prove their talent in the eTrophy series
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Racers in the new series will largely be lower-tier and beginner racers in the FIA Formula series, who will have the chance to prove their talent in the eTrophy series
The new series from Jaguar will exclusively feature Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race cars like this one on display in Frankfurt
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The new series from Jaguar will exclusively feature Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race cars like this one on display in Frankfurt
We have to admit that the livery on the preproduction model of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy car shown in Frankfurt is quite eye-catching
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We have to admit that the livery on the preproduction model of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy car shown in Frankfurt is quite eye-catching
Races will take place globally during the Formula E tour with up to 20 cars in the grid at each race
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Races will take place globally during the Formula E tour with up to 20 cars in the grid at each race
Jaguar's official photos of the eTrophy series I-Pace cars are slightly different from those shown on the floor in Frankfurt
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Jaguar's official photos of the eTrophy series I-Pace cars are slightly different from those shown on the floor in Frankfurt
Jaguar says that full specifications for the I-Pace eTrophy racers will be released in 2018 nearer to the start of the racing season and their debut
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Jaguar says that full specifications for the I-Pace eTrophy racers will be released in 2018 nearer to the start of the racing season and their debut
On the roof of this Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy car is the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations garage emblem
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On the roof of this Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy car is the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations garage emblem
The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series will take place on the same circuits and on the same day as the Formula E electric race series
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The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series will take place on the same circuits and on the same day as the Formula E electric race series

Furthering its support of Formula E electric racing, Jaguar has announced the world's first production battery electric vehicle race series. Called the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, the series will support FIA's Formula E championship, utilizing the same race circuits on the same weekends.

The series will exclusively feature Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race cars and will come in 2018 with the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace five-seat battery-electric sports car. Races will take place globally during the Formula E tour, with up to 20 cars in the grid at each race. The racers will largely be lower-tier and beginner racers in the FIA Formula series, who will have the chance to prove their talent in the eTrophy series.

The race cars for the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy will be built by Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations center in Warwickshire, UK. A prototype of the new car is on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Some aerodynamics changes to the eTrophy series of the I-Pace are apparent in this closeup of the front fascia
Some aerodynamics changes to the eTrophy series of the I-Pace are apparent in this closeup of the front fascia

"Formula E has grown exponentially since we joined as the first premium manufacturer last year with commitment from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche," said Gerd Mauser, Chairman, Jaguar Racing. "The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy will improve the spectacle for the fans and gives young drivers a ladder into Formula E. We expect our eseries to be a sell-out and an exciting international sporting event."

Technical specifications and a race calendar for the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy will be released in 2018. Jaguar plans to both sell the cars themselves to prospective race teams, and to sell "Arrive and Drive" race packages that are all-inclusive for unsupported racers.

Source: Jaguar Land Rover

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Michael Wilson
I seriously hope this gets homologated into a road car. This looks beautiful.