Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled the Jaguar I-PACE race car that will compete in a single-make series supporting the FIA Formula E world championship. The electric racer is based on the Jaguar I-PACE – the world’s first premium, performance, all electric SUV that launches next year and is already a hit with customers around the globe placing their deposits. The new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will join the Formula E circuit in 2018. A total of six models from Jaguar Land Rover made debut at the IAA 2017 at Frankfurt. The I-Pace e-Trophy is in line with the brand's ambition of electrifying all of its vehicle ranges from 2020. Besides the I-Pace, another significant reveal by JLR was the Land Rover Discovery SVX, which is slated to be the most extreme Discovery yet. The SVX has been given increased ground clearance, a specially tuned terrain response system for hardcore off-road capability and is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine. The SVX will be hand-assembled by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division and will be available for customers in 2018.
Six Jaguar Land Rover vehicles made their show debuts at Frankfurt: The Land Rover Discovery SVX; the new Jaguar ‘cub’, the E-PACE compact performance SUV, sibling of the Jaguar F-PACE; the Jaguar XE Project 8, the most powerful Jaguar ever built with 600bhp for supercar performance; the Jaguar XJR575, the fastest-ever version of the flagship XJ saloon; the I-PACE electric racecar and Jaguar XF Sportbrake.
“The technology we are developing on the track allows us to deliver thrilling electric vehicles to our customers. The pace of change is exhilarating and we want to go above and beyond for our customers. From 2020 every new Jaguar Land Rover vehicle will be electrified. Customers will be able to choose from battery electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid power as well as ultra-clean petrol and diesel engines," Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, said.
“Future mobility will not be boring. Our products will have passion and emotion as well as being distinctive, desirable and capable as they have always been and will stand out from the crowd.”
Jaguar Land Rover’s latest sales figures (to 31 August 2017), show an encouraging customer response to the company’s innovative product portfolio. Retail sales in the calendar year to date were 401,565 (up 8% on 2016). This was led by the 2017 World Car of the Year and Women’s Car of the Year award-winning Jaguar F-PACE (more than double the performance in its launch year), following a sequence of successful market launches. There was continuing strong demand for well-established models such as the flagship Range Rover (up 11%) and freshly launched models such as the long-wheelbase Jaguar XFL in China (boosting global XF sales by 15%). Sales were up year-on-year in China (28%) and North America (13%), while remaining stable in Europe and in the UK (up 1% and 4% respectively).