In 2018, Jaguar created the eTROPHY series – the world’s first all-electric production based international race series – reinforcing its commitment to Jaguar’s Destination Zero vision by developing battery electric vehicle technology through electric racing.
Jaguar’s creation of the eTROPHY series followed its return to motorsport and entry into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2016. Now in its fourth season Jaguar’s Formula E team, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, will continue and build on its successes to date.
Over the last two seasons, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY has produced some incredible racing around the world and has been a valuable addition to the Formula E schedule. Along with our valued entrants and series partners, we are proud of having created a true world-first with the I-PACE eTROPHY. Together we have pioneered battery electric vehicle racing. We would like to thank them for joining us on this journey and turning the vision into reality, helping show the industry what is possible in terms of electrification in motorsport.
“The series has realised many of the targets we set out to achieve. However, during these unprecedented times of the coronavirus pandemic, we have reviewed our strategy and made the decision to withdraw the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series after two successful seasons.
“We remain fully committed to electric motorsport and our Jaguar Racing Formula E programme as an important part of our transition to electric mobility and Destination Zero. I’m looking forward to the Formula E and eTROPHY seasons resuming if and when it is safe for our team, partners and fans to do so.
Jaguar’s ‘Race to Innovate’ mission allowed the British manufacturer to use its learnings and experience in Formula E to turn the award-winning Jaguar I-PACE into the first ever battery electric race car based on a production vehicle. Continuing Jaguar’s longstanding race to road philosophy the eTROPHY series puts the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE through extreme racing conditions and the first two seasons have yielded a number of valuable and transferrable learnings to its production cars.
One key benefit derived from eTROPHY learning was a complimentary software update for all existing I-PACE owners that delivered up to 20km of additional real-world range on a full charge. The update, available from December 2019 and standard on all new I-PACEs since then, uses race-derived enhancements to optimise battery management, thermal systems and all-wheel drive torque delivery to increase range.
Jaguar are fantastic partners on and off the track. The success of the eTROPHY in taking the pioneering technology Jaguar developed through Formula E and applying it to high performance production cars is a testament to their branding and engineering capabilities. At Formula E, we’re delighted to have supported this project which showcases how we enable our partners to leverage our platform to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. We look forward to continuing to work with Jaguar Racing on their Formula E programme.