After the performance gurus at Panasonic Jaguar Racing announced in September 2017 that its all-electric I-Pace racer would be joining the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as a support series next year, the racing fans have waited patiently to see it in action.
But, on Saturday May 19, all will be revealed as the I-Pace eTrophy makes its global public debut at the 2018 BMW i Berlin E-Prix, with the car due to lap the Tempelhof circuit ahead of the main race. With no word on the driver just yet, you'll have to wait and see who'll be behind the wheel.
“We are excited to reveal the new Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy racecar in Berlin and demonstrate its dynamic capabilities for the first time," said Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Team Director. "Jaguar Racing and Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) are building the key foundations for the incredibly exciting championship and we are pleased with the progress of our test and development programme, which has included a successful tyre test with our partner Michelin."
Testing the car ahead of the demo at Jaguar's facilities in Warwickshire and Gaydon, UK, the race-spec I-Pace has completed its first shakedown as well as tyre tests with Michelin in Ladoux, France.
Making sure things run smoothly is MS-RT, the race technology division of M-Sport, as the technical operations partner for eTrophy, providing on-track engineering and technical assistance to the competitors. Alongside MS-RT will be the award-winning Williams Advanced Engineering firm, which will provide the vehicle control systems.
Based on the new I-Pace road car, that we took for a spin back in March, a total of 20 cars will line up on the grid from the start of the 2018/19 season of Formula E, hitting the city streets with a full line up of competitors ahead of the main championship race.
With a full race calendar and driver line up yet to be announced, watch this space as even more all-electric racing comes to a city near you.