Jaguar’s I-Pace concept has spawned this Formula E racer; a variant built by the brand’s Special Vehicle Operations unit, the I-Pace eTrophy is set to compete in the 2018/19 season. Though not the first race series of its type with the Electric GT series holding that title, Motor Authority says Jaguar is “breaking new ground with one of the world’s first race series for a production-based electric car.”
Debuting at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show today, we’re treated to a minute and a half clip of a rendered I-Pace eTrophy tearing down a track. Featuring a unique livery, eTrophy’s exact specs remain a mystery, but it should be equipped with racing modifications like competition suspension, a roll cage, giant rear fixed wing, and more.
As for what’s hidings under that bonnet, Jaguar may just borrow the concept’s four electric motors to power each wheel. Delivering at least 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, Jaguar may even enhance the race fleet’s performance by increasing output or reducing curb weight. Powering those motors is a 90kWh lithium-ion battery, which is good for 220-miles per charge.
Consisting of 10 races in various cities around the world, Jaguar will be making history with 20 identical I-Pace SV race cars.