Formula E will be supported by a new all-electric support series featuring Jaguar I-PACE production cars from season five, appearing at 10 events on the single-seater championship's calendar.

In an announcement made earlier this week, Formula E and Jaguar confirmed they would be teaming up to form the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY spec-series, a first for production battery electric vehicles.

Jaguar returned to motorsport with a factory programme after 12 years away in Formula E, and has committed to electrifying all of its road vehicles in some way from 2020.

The new I-PACE eTROPHY supports this commitment, with a 20-strong grid of cars set to support Formula E events from the 2018/19 season. 'Arrive and drive' packages will be on offer to drivers, while one VIP driver will also appear in each race.

"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," Jaguar Racing chairman Gerd Maüser said.

"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.

“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."

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag added: "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!"


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