Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy will have 11 cars on grid for series debut
|By Alex Kalinauckas||Tuesday, December 11th 2018, 11:26 GMT|
The inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy race will take place with an 11-car grid after Alice Powell was confirmed as the VIP driver for the championship's opening round.
The first season of the ABB FIA Formula E support series begins with the first of 10 rounds at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix this weekend.
Jaguar will enter a car at each race reserved for "famous faces from the world of motorsport and beyond", according to the manufacturer, with Powell handed the first one-off drive.
As well as previously announced squads Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Jaguar Brazil Racing and Team Asia New Zealand - which will field Simon Evans, elder brother of Jaguar FE driver Mitch Evans - there are also teams from Germany, China and Saudi Arabia.
Celia Martin, previously employed as a test driver for Jaguar's XE SV Project 8 road car, will race for the Viessman Jaguar eTrophy Team Germany squad.
Team China will be represented by Tao Wang, chief test driver at Chinese car buying service Autohome, and Yaqi Zhang, who recently competed in the Formula Pilota China series.
Saudi Racing is backed by the organisers of the Ad Diriyah E-Prix and will field Ahmed Bin Khanen and Bandar Alesayi.
"We are immensely proud to reach this historic moment," said Gerd Mauser, chairman of Jaguar Racing.
"We had an idea that we could bring electric production car racing to city streets, and showcase the power and capability of the award-winning Jaguar I-PACE.
"This weekend that will become a reality.
"We have built this championship from scratch, attracting drivers, teams and sponsors from all over the world, and this is just the beginning."
FE CEO and founder Alejandro Agag added: "Congratulations and good luck to Jaguar Racing this weekend as they embark on a historic first for motorsport and electrification.
"We are proud to have them on the grid in Formula E and now with a spectacular support series with the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy.
"This gives our fans an exciting addition to our one-day race format and I can't wait to watch the action and see the first winner."