Formula E is expanding with a support series for the 2018-19 season.
Jaguar and Formula E announced on Tuesday that the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series – the first racing series using production battery vehicles – will serve as a support race series at select Formula E event beginning in late 2018.
No date for the first eTrophy series race was announced by Formula E. The 2018-19 — season five — Formula E schedule has not been released.
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The plan is for the support series to feature Jaguar I-Pace cars to engage in practice and qualifying sessions followed by a 30-minute race.
“Jaguar returned to racing in 2016 with the mission ‘Race to Innovate’. With the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, we’ve strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, international motorsport and Formula E,” said Gerd Mäuser, Chairman of Jaguar Racing, in a press release. “As a British team, we’re 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’m looking forward to seeing a full grid of Jaguar I-Pace race cars 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. Formula E has grown exponentially since we joined as the first premium manufacturer last year, with recent commitments from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.”
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