The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race car will make its global debut in Berlin ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E-Prix, with a demonstration lap planned for Saturday, May 19th at the Tempelhof circuit. The event will take place during the Berlin E-Prix with the driver to be announced in the near future. Up to 20 eTROPHY racers will appear on the grid from the start of the 2018/19 series of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
The eTROPHY is based on the Jaguar I-PACE, which made its debut in Geneva earlier this year.
Testing & Development
Jaguar Racing has performed development tests with Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, UK, to engineer and refine the production-based race cars. The tests covered everything from the chassis setup and powertrain performance, to energy management and aerodynamics tuning. The eTROPHY development car has also completed its first run at Jaguar Land Rover’s test track in Gaydon, England and initial tire tests with Championship Partner, Michelin in Ladoux, France.
“We are excited to reveal the new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race car in Berlin and demonstrate its dynamic capabilities for the first time,” said James Barclay, Team Director, Jaguar Racing. “The team at Jaguar Racing and Special Vehicle Operations are building the key foundations for the incredibly exciting championship and we are pleased with the progress of our test and development program, which has included a successful tire test with our partner Michelin.”
Partnerships & Expansion
Jaguar Racing have enlisted MS-RT, the race technology division of M-Sport, as the technical operations partner for the eTROPHY. Current partner, Williams Advanced Engineering, will support the eTROPHY series in various technical areas including vehicle control systems.
The full race calendar will be revealed later this year with further news on eTROPHY teams to be announced shortly.
“We are really happy with the way the championship is progressing, and we are attracting more interest from teams around the world who want to be involved in this pioneering championship,” Barclay said. “We would also like to welcome M-Sport, who bring a wealth of experience, expertise and professionalism to the team as technical operations partner for the eTROPHY.”
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