Jaguar eTrophy I-PACE

Ahead of the race season, the eTrophy Jag is put through its paces by Jonny Smith.

Just as the new 2020 season of FIA Formula E ev race series kicks off, Fully Charged wheelman Jonny Smith finally gets the chance to drive the support race vehicle – a Jaguar iPace etrophy. The eTrophy is still the world’s first all-electric production based international race series, with the 400ps Jaguars being the same as the production all-electric SUV ipace, but stripped out of luxuries and added with race safety equipment. New for this season the eTrophy Jags will be able to use Attack Mode like their Formula E cousins, meaning drivers will have to arm their car and drive off the racing line and through a designated attack zone. It’s only then that then that an extra 35kW of power is provided. Jonny gets to experience this function as well as interviewing current (first!) IPACE eTrophy champion Sergio Jimonez, who was testing on track on the same day. They may be heavy large cars, but this is the promising starting point for what Fully Charged show sees as the birth of electric touring car racing. Robert Llew was happy to let Jonny try and tame the 2-tonne beast on this test drive episode, given Jonny’s penchant for EV muscle.