AS many as 20 identical Jaguar I-PACE race cars are set to line up on the grid on Saturday 15 December for the inaugural first round of the new eTrophy global electric production car racing series in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Before that, teams will gather at Silverstone later this month to take delivery of their cars and conduct the first official pre-season tests for the Jaguar Racing series; locked in as the official support category for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
The Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy series, a world first, offers teams the chance to showcase driving talent and electric performance in some of the world’s most exciting cities. Each race will be 25 minutes plus one lap, in length.
Jaguar plan for each race to feature a VIP entrant, with famous faces from the world of motor sport and beyond set to take part. It was also recently announced that the prize fund for the series is in excess of £500,000 (more than $900,000) per season.
While subject to final FIA World Motorsport Council and track homologation, the full calendar looks like this:
- Round 1 – Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia – 15 December 2018
- Round 2 – Mexico City, Mexico – 16 February 2019
- Round 3 – Hong Kong, Hong Kong – 10 March 2019
- Round 4 – Sanya, China – 23 March 2019
- Round 5 – Rome, Italy – 13 April 2019
- Round 6 – Paris, France – 27 April 2019
- Round 7 – Monaco, Monaco – 11 May 2019
- Round 8 – Berlin, Germany – 25 May 2019
- Round 9 – New York City, USA – 13 July 2019
- Round 10 – New York City, USA – 14 July 2019
“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,” Marion Barnaby, Championship Manager, Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy, said.
The Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) is supporting a potential bid to bring Formula E, and the I-PACE eTrophy series, to Australia, with a race proposed for the streets of Adelaide (subject to South Australian Government approval).