JAGUAR is to launch a new racing championship with the all-electric series hitting tracks in 2018.
Retail sales in the calendar year to date were 401,565 (up 8% on 2016). The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy will be a ten race series. Sales were up year-on-year in China (28%) and North America (13%), while remaining stable in Europe and in the United Kingdom (up 1% and 4% respectively).
Gerd Mäuser, chairman of Jaguar Racing, said: "With the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace eTROPHY we have strengthened our commitment to battery electric vehicles, worldwide motorsport and Formula E".
The carmaker is also promising a VIP driver at each event, but since contracts are unlikely to allow Lewis Hamilton or Seb Vettel to be seen racing a Jaguar, we'll have to wait a little longer for a true EV successor to Procar.
Jaguar also has a team competing in Formula E, whose fourth championship starts in Hong Kong in December and ends in Montreal in July 2018.
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What do you think of Jaguar's I-Pace eTrophy series?
Technical details for the racecars, which will be built at Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations facility in Coventry, will be released next year, when the i-Pace production auto is set to go into production. Ultimately, this innovative series will serve to enhance the technology used in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers.
The announcement follows news that the British government is to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover's commitment to electrification - from 2020 all new model lines will be electrified, with either hybrid or battery technology.
"I'm looking forward to seeing a full grid of I-Pace race cars in late 2018, soon after the first I-Pace road vehicle hits the streets in Europe".
The championship will be the "first production battery electric vehicle racing series" according to an official FIA Formula E press release.