Jaguar to launch Formula E support series for 2018-19

Traditional automakers planning to mass produce e-cars

Now the company is further embracing the notion, with the creation of a single-marque racing series for its upcoming I-Pace battery-powered crossover. To ensure that there are drivers for those cars, Jaguar will roll out what it calls Arrive and Drive packages that make running in the I-Pace eTROPHY essentially a turn-key event.

Jaguar is to launch an all-electric support series of races to accompany the Formula E championship late next year, the British-based carmaker said on Tuesday.

Jaguar Land Rover's first battery electric model is due to go on sale in late 2018.

Commenting on the car's launch, Gerd Mäuser, the chairman of Jaguar Racing, said: "With the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, we've strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, worldwide motorsport and Formula E".

The series will support every round of Formula E, racing on the streets of major cities including New York, Paris, Rome, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong.

"I hope Jaguar will allow me to bring my race suit and helmet... and maybe get behind the wheel myself!" It's a decision made partly in response to the United Kingdom government's decision to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040.

The full technical specifications and performance figures for the I-Pace eTrophy have yet to be announced, but Jaguar says they'll be confirmed ahead of the start of the season next year.

Mauser said, "As a British team, we are proud to announce today the launch of the world's first production battery electric vehicle championship".

"We've always said we want to prove our electrification technologies on the track - this is the proof", said Mäuser.

Formula E is expanding with a support series for the 2018-19 season. The race series will have all drivers driving the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy racecars.

He expected the series to serve as a "ladder" for young drivers into Formula E.

Tata owned British auto manufacturer Jaguar was one of the first companies to take part in the FIA Formula E previous year.

Demand is anticipated to be high and places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis from entrants and drivers holding the relevant worldwide race licence.



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