Jaguar is diving full on into electric powertrains. As proof of that, the automaker has already taken a strong in interest in Formula E. Now comes the arrival of its second step into this electric racing arena as the I-Pace eTrophy support series lands in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
This is the first international championship for production-based electric cars, per Jaguar. Additionally, it marks the first time women will compete against men in motorsport within Saudi Arabia. Which is something we should be oddly proud about yet also shake our heads over the fact that it took them this long to not be insane on this particular subject.
Drovers Alice Powell, Kahterine Legge, and Célia Martin are on the grid. They’re lining up against Bryan Sellers, Cacá Bueno, Sérgio Jiminez, Tao Wang, Yaqi Zhang, Simon Evans, Ahmed Bin Khanen, and Badar Alesayi. That covers entries from the UK, USA, France, China, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia.
The format for the race is a 25-minute battle plus a one-lap full-power sprint race. Since this is an electric race, the circuit has a unique setting. It runs through the old-world look of Ad Diriyah and features 21 turns across a nearly 2.5-kilometer track.
Jaguar’s I-Pace eTrophy race series kicks off on Saturday December 15th.