The full race calendar for the inaugural Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Championship has been announced. Up to 20 identical Jaguar I-Pace racers will line up on the grid on Saturday 15 December in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, for the first round of the new production EV racing series.
The races will take place before the main ABB FIA Formula E race on the same city circuits, throughout the 2018-19 season and beyond. The series, a world first, offers teams the chance to showcase driving talent and electric performance.
Marion Barnaby, championship manager, Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, said, “Seeing the race cars line up on the grid in December will be a proud and historic moment for Jaguar, and spectators can expect plenty of action from the races.
“As we travel to some of the world’s most exciting cities we’ll be bringing a new kind of electric street racing to the public and inspiring the next generation of electric vehicle owners.”
Later this month, teams will travel to the iconic Silverstone circuit in the UK to take delivery of their eTrophy race cars and take part in the first of the official pre-season tests.
Each race will be 25 minutes plus one lap. This will follow practice and qualifying sessions in the build-up to each race. Jaguar plans for each race to feature a VIP entrant, with famous faces from the world of motorsport and beyond set to take part. Jaguar recently announced that the prize fund for the series is in excess of £500,000 (US$655,000) per season.
Sabelt have also been confirmed as technical partner providing seats, seatbelts, steering wheels and head protection nets.
Massimiliano Marsiaj, Sabelt deputy chairman said, “We are really proud to work with Jaguar. I think we have laid the foundation for a new and lasting collaboration. Thanks to the work of our two technical departments, we have already developed together a new racing seat. Electric cars are the future and we always want to progress with the times.”