Race car look for Jag’s new electric SUV has our curiosities piqued

Imagine for a second what a Jaguar I-Pace will look like if Jaguar decided to turn it into a race car. I suppose it’ll be dripping with active aerodynamics, maybe even get a fancy color with racing stripes and company decals. It’s a good interpretation, except that we won’t have to imagine it because Jaguar actually did it. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Frankfurt-bound I-Pace eTrophy, a prototype version of a racy-looking I-Pace that’s looking to devour the competition, a full-blown racer that will compete exclusively in the newly created I-Pace eTrophy series.

Judging by the way it looks - it’s positively menacing - it’s easy to forget that the I-Pace eTrophy is still an electric car at its roots. The quasi-SUV does have adequate power to justify its billing, thanks in large part to a 90 kWh battery and four electric motors (one on each axle) that combine to produce a total output of 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It’s unclear if the I-Pace eTrophy carries the same power and performance credentials, but if it’s able to perform as well as it looks, I expect the new I-Pace eTrophy support racing series for Formula E to be as exciting as it sounds. At the very least, the sight of seeing 20 of them on a racing grid is more than enough to get me interested in the series.

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The I-Pace eTrophy looks the part of a full-blown EV racer

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I don’t subscribe to the thought that fancy decals and a few aero bits here and there make for a legitimate race car. It may seem that way visually but there’s more to a racer’s make-up than how it’s presented.

This is what an electric SUV should look like if it were injected with racing genes

It’s safe to say though that I don’t think that way of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy. This is what an electric SUV should look like if it were injected with racing genes. The front end is incredibly aggressive, thanks to the presence of that front splitter that’s almost impossible to miss. The air intakes are appropriately larger too and feature diagonal bars that extend from the bumper. The sloping hood also gets a pair of small vents while the side profile of the car is now dominated by the presence of side skirts and flush-mounted door handles.

Move to the back and you’ll notice a world of difference between the I-Pace eTrophy and its “standard” concept counterpart. Among the changes, none is more prominent than the obscenely enormous trunk-mounted spoiler. That thing is impossible to miss. Move your eyes south and you’ll also notice a different rear bumper that was presumably designed to accommodate the equally imposing diffuser.

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If these aerodynamic components don’t paint a clear picture of what the I-Pace eTrophy is all about, the black racing stripes running the length of the electric SUV and the sheer volume of stickers and decals serve as suitable complements in bringing to life this racy-looking electric race car concept.

Among the changes, none is more prominent than the obscenely enormous trunk-mounted spoiler

There are no shots of the interior at the moment, but we did notice the presence of a roll cage at the back, leading us to assume that the rear seats were completely taken out. The mesh window net on the driver’s side door also enhances its racing identity, as does the possibility that the car only has one seat in the entire cabin.

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As far as first impressions go though, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy looks the part of the full-fledged race car. Expect an announcement about the racer’s technical specifications, as well as race calendar, and costs sometime in 2018.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the Jaguar I-Pace SVR.

Press release

After becoming the first premium manufacturer to enter Formula E in 2016, Jaguar has created the world’s first production battery electric vehicle race series.

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The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be the support series for the FIA Formula E championship, taking place on the same weekends at the same city circuits, starting in late 2018.

Exclusively featuring Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars, the new all-electric series gives racers of the future a chance to showcase their talent, competing on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport.

The groundbreaking championship will support the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE – Jaguar’s highly innovative five-seat battery electric sports car which hits the road in the same year.

Up to 20 electric I-PACE racecars will be on the grid in the centre of 10 races in global cities such as Hong Kong, Paris, Sao Paolo and New York, giving future Formula E stars the chance to race in the world-first series.

The announcement follows news that the British government is to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to electrification – from 2020 all new model lines will be electrified, with either hybrid or battery technology.

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, UK, will build the racecars. They will be based on Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle, the I-PACE performance SUV, which will hit the streets in late 2018.

Gerd Mäuser, Chairman, Jaguar Racing, said: “Jaguar returned to racing in 2016 with the mission ‘Race to Innovate’. With the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY we have strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, international 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.”

“We’ve always said we want to prove our electrification technologies on the track – this is the proof. I am looking forward to seeing a full grid of Jaguar I-PACE racecars in late 2018, soon after the first Jaguar I-PACE hits the road in Europe. Ultimately this innovative series will enhance the technology in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers.

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“Formula E has grown exponentially since we joined as the first premium manufacturer last year, with commitments from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will improve the spectacle for the fans and gives young drivers a ladder into Formula E. We expect our series to be a sell-out and an exciting international sporting event.”

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E, said: “Jaguar has been a welcome addition to Formula E and a fantastic advocate for electric street racing. I’m delighted that in addition to the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team competing on the Formula E grid, we will be adding to our race day schedule with a competitive new support series for season five. The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will bring more entertainment for fans in-between sessions and will be a further testament to the advances in battery technology and exciting electric performance. I hope Jaguar will allow me to bring my race suit and helmet... and maybe get behind the wheel myself!"

Technical specifications, race calendar and costs for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be released in 2018.

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