JAGUAR I-PACE SETS “SHOWROOM STOCK” PRODUCTION EV RECORD LAP TIME AT WEATHERTECH RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA AHEAD OF ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION
Ahead Of Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Jaguar announced it has set a production EV record lap time of 1:48.18 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. This was done with an electric I-PACE performance crossover before the model goes on sale later this year and ahead of its display at the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Piloted by professional race car driver Randy Pobst, the Photon Red 2019 Jaguar I-PACE HSE First Edition tackled the 11-turn with no modifications whatsoever. Pobst set what Motor Trend believes is the benchmark for the fastest lap at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for a four-door stock production electric vehicle.
(Monterey, Calif.) August 22, 2018 — Jaguar announced today it has set a production EV record lap time of 1:48.18 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in its new, all-electric I-PACE performance crossover before the model goes on sale later this year and ahead of its display at the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Piloted by professional race car driver Randy Pobst.
I mean the Photon Red 2019 Jaguar I-PACE HSE First Edition. For it tackled the 11-turn with no modifications whatsoever.
Pobst set what Motor Trend believes is the benchmark. That’s for the fastest lap at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. All for a four-door stock production electric vehicle.
Priced from $69,500 and featuring all-wheel drive as standard, the 2019 I-PACE will be available in three trim levels: S, SE and HSE – with an additional First Edition model inspired by the original design concept available for the first year only – when the vehicle arrives in US retailer showrooms later this year.
The new all-electric Jaguar I-PACE makes electric vehicle (EV) ownership more exciting. Also accessible and practical than ever thanks to its unique design and battery technology. A 90 kWh lithium-ion battery comprising of 432 pouch cells. Thereby chosen for their high energy density and superior thermal management. For it is able to achieve a 0-80 percent battery charge in approximately 40 minutes. That’s using 100 kW DC fast charging and 85 minutes using 50kW DC fast charging. Alternatively, home charging with a 230V/32AMP AC wall box (7kW). It will charge the I-PACE from zero to 80 percent in just over ten hours. That’s making it ideal for overnight charging.
Conceived as a high-performance crossover from the outset. Because the I-PACE delivers engaging driving dynamics. Also everyday usability and comfort. In addition, with a unique balance of ride, refinement and control. Jaguar has placed the battery as low as possible between the axles, providing close to optimal 50:50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity optimizing composure and reducing body roll.
Advanced double wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension deliver both incredible ride comfort and the lateral stiffness needed during dynamic driving, ensuring excellent handling, grip and steering responses. The compact and lightweight suspension design features aluminum suspension links and knuckles to reduce weight, while maximizing interior space.
The I-PACE also enables the driver to select either high or low levels of regenerative braking to assist in improving efficiency and vehicle range. When high regenerative braking mode is selected the driver can experience single-pedal driving in certain conditions as the car decelerates when lifting off the accelerator; helping to reduce reliance on the brake pedal when slowing down4. In fact, a maximum regenerative braking force of up to 0.4G is achievable in this mode.
JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY
After becoming the first premium manufacturer to enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2016 with its I-TYPE 1 open wheel racecar, Jaguar announced the creation of the world’s first production battery electric vehicle race series – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship. The championship supports the launch of the I-PACE and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to electrification: from 2020 all new model lines will be electrified, with either battery electric, plug-in hybrid or mild hybrid options.
Just a few months after news of the championship broke at the 2017 Paris Motor Show, Jaguar announced Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) as the first team to sign on to the series, campaigning two cars. Bringing decades of experience to the series, Bobby Rahal and the RLL team moved quickly to confirm their first season driver line-up.
Veteran sports car and open-wheel racing driver Katherine Legge was confirmed as the team’s first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY pilot.
All during the final rounds of the 2017/18 Formula E Championship. One held in New York City in July.
Let’s Hear it for Legge
A native of the UK, Legge currently competes in the IMSA GTD class; her resume includes experience in Formula 3. Also Formula Renault, a Formula One test and Champ Car. Finally Indy car, A1GP, DTM, and the first season of the Formula E championship. Additional information on Legge’s announcement with RLL can be found here.
Earlier this week it was announced that Legge would be joined by Bryan Sellers. All in RLL’s second car. American sports car racer Bryan Sellers also currently competes in IMSA. That’s behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Huracán GT3. Sellers’ resume includes drives in the American Le Mans Series. Also the Rolex Sports Car, Skip Barber Formula Dodge and winning the USF2000 National Championship in 2002. Additional information on Sellers’ announcement with RLL can be found here.
Guests to both the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For it will be among the first to see the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecar in person. Finished in RLL race livery. For the racecar will be displayed Friday and Saturday. That’s at the Jaguar pit garages at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Also and Sunday on the Concept Lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Up to 20 identical racecars will take to the grid. All from the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E season onwards. The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY races will take place before the main Formula E race. That’s on the same street circuits. Located in some of the most iconic cities in the world. The series offers teams the chance to showcase driving talent and electric performance on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport.
Jaguar Racing is offering complete ‘Arrive and Drive’ packages. All in the series that, among other things, include professional technical support. Also global logistics for vehicles. Furthermore, spare parts and equipment. As well as, all consumables and marketing assistance.
Designed, engineered and also built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations. So the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecar is also powered by the same battery as the I-PACE. So a production car modifies the body-in-white. All with a purpose-built racing interior stripped of unnecessary weight. Finally finished with the latest FIA-approved safety components.
The 90 kWh battery pack found in both the production and also race spec vehicles. Thereby power dual permanent magnet motors. Motors mounted front and rear. All which when combined, it’s powered. For it delivers 394hp and 516lb. ft. of torque. Thereby propelling the cars from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.
Finally and for more information about the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship. So please visit:
Jaguar.com/Electrification/I-PACE-e-TROPHY or follow @JaguarRacing
Source: Jaguar www.jaguarusa.com, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar Land Rover