Not content with competing in the Formula E electric vehicle series, Jaguar is to launch its own one-make championship with the all-electric I-Pace.
The Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy will be the first championship for a production-based electric auto, and will follow the Formula E series around the globe.
Technical specifications, race calendar and costs for the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be released in 2018. And there's another twist in the.
The race cars will be built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations in Warwickshire.
This means races will take place on street circuits around the world, including Hong Kong, Paris, Sao Paolo and NY.
It will be capped at 20 drivers, including a "VIP" entry at each round, while the format will comprise a practice and qualifying session and a 30-minute race. To ensure that there are drivers for those cars, Jaguar will roll out what it calls Arrive and Drive packages that make running in the I-Pace eTROPHY essentially a turn-key event.
If we told you a decade ago there'd be a grid of all-electric Jaguar crossovers racing in every major city around the globe, would you believe us?
Gerd Mäuser, chairman of Jaguar Racing, says the new auto strengthens Jaguar's commitment to battery electric vehicles, global motorsport and Formula E - a series that Jaguar has been a part of since its third season. It's similar to how the Porsche Supercup series supports the main Formula One races, for context.
"As a British team, we're very proud to launch the world's first production battery electric vehicle championship".
Maser continued saying that Jaguar wanted to prove their electrification technologies on the track, and that they were hoping for a full grid of I-PACE cars competing in the series in late 2018.
He added: "Ultimately, this innovative series will enhance the technology in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers".
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E, said: "Jaguar has been a welcome addition to Formula E and a fantastic advocate for electric street racing".
This is the world's first worldwide race championship for electric vehicles based on production cars, Jaguar claims.