At the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, Jaguar Racing announced that the first team to join the first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Electric Race Series would be Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The team is led by Bobby Rahal, a three time IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner. The team will join the grid at the world's first production based electric vehicle race series, beginning in December this year.
The new eTROPHY series will be the support series to the FIA Formula E Championship and will be the first of its kind, based off of a street-legal production battery electric vehicle. 20 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race cars will exclusively feature in the series. Throughout the 2018-19 season, each race will be held on the same weekend and on the same city street circuits. This series offers a perfect platform to showcase driving talent and electric vehicle performance, whilst competing in a zero-emissions motorsport on the world stage.
"Since the global announcement of eTROPHY the reaction has been very positive and we are in discussions with many teams and drivers about entering the series next year. As part of our Race to Innovate strategy, we are obviously delighted to be able to announce our first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY team with racing legend Bobby Rahal and we look forward to working together with all our teams to make it a big success. The series is in a strong place and we look forward to announcing more news over the next few months."
Jaguar Racing Team Director
Jaguar's 2020 strategy to have all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles launched with an electric powertrain to fully embrace fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles, explains Jaguar Land Rover's commitment to electric racing.
"Innovation is integral to motorsports and electric car racing is an important part of the future so this opportunity came at the perfect time for RLL. We are thrilled to be competing in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series next year working alongside an electric innovator like Jaguar. Even though the race is some time off in the distance, we're already looking forward to participating. Certainly electric power is relatively new in motorsport, but being at the forefront of the technological advancement made possible by testing on the race track that can transfer over into production cars is exciting for us. To be able to contribute in some small way tin the testing and development of electric vehicles that ultimately will provide more options for consumers is something to be proud of."
Team Principal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
In 2018 customers will be able to drive their Jaguar I-PACE battery electric vehicles on the road, while also watching them race in cities around the globe - including venues such as New York and Montreal - by top-flight race teams like Rahal Letterman Lanigan. We look forward to demonstrating the exciting performance credentials of the coming generation of battery electric vehicles with both the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team and others as they join the eTROPHY Series."
President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America
The race cars that will take part in the series are being built at the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, UK. Each race car is based on the first battery electric road car produced by Jaguar, the I-PACE, which will be released this year.