In 2016, Jaguar was the first premium car manufacturer to join the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. We made history again with the world’s first all‐electric production based international race series. As the main support series to Formula E for seasons five and six, the Jaguar I‑PACE eTROPHY series reinforced our commitment to electric vehicles.
"We look back and smile at what we have achieved in this series. Giving opportunities to drivers from diverse backgrounds, cultures and nations. Whether it was Reema Juffali making a little bit of history as the first woman to race at home in Saudi Arabia, or Takuma Aoki, the first driver paralysed from the waist down to race an electric car, we have truly broken new ground. We were a world's first and those who follow will always be second." - James Barclay, Jaguar Racing Team Director
RACING TEAM AND DRIVERS
ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil had strong support from ZEG Environmental, a São Paolo‐based company who invest in disruptive technologies and renewable energy projects; and iCarros, Brazil’s largest online vehicle sales portal.
Rio de Janeiro’s Cacá Bueno had a total of 12 podiums throughout seasons one and two of the Jaguar I‐PACE eTROPHY, including five race wins. Cacá had a successful second place finish overall in season one and finished third in season two. Some of Cacá’s past highlights include being a five‐time winner of the Stock Car Brazil Championship and South American Super Touring Car Champion.
Inaugural Jaguar I PACE eTROPHY series winner Sérgio Jimenez achieved an impressive 18 podium finishes, including seven race wins across the two seasons. As the first eTROPHY champion he was rewarded with an exclusive test of the Jaguar I‐TYPE Formula E car at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain in 2019. Sérgio began his career in 1994 in karting and was the first Formula Renault Brazil Champion in 2002. Since then, he has driven in Stock Car Brasil, and in the Blancpain GT series.
Adalberto Baptista started racing in 2008 and joined the electric race series from Mexico City in season two alongside team mates, Sérgio Jimenez and Cacá Bueno, as part of ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil. Previously Baptista had also competed in the Porsche Cup Brazil, the Mitsubishi Lancer Cup for three years and Renault Eurocup RS‐01 for two seasons.
Jaguar China Racing fielded two cars in the second season. The team was sponsored by XCar, a Chinese automotive website providing information and reviews on cars and dealership advice.
Chinese racing driver Zhang Yaqi competed in Formula Pilota China with Linky Racing. In season one of the Jaguar I‑PACE eTROPHY he secured eight podium finishes in the PRO‐AM category, including three race wins.
Sun Chao has extensive experience racing in China, including the CTCC China Cup and R8 LMS. He finished third overall in the 2017 and 2018 CTCC China Cup and secured race wins in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
The team performed under the motorsport brand of main sponsor Pro7Sat1 (a German media company), Ran Racing. With Magenta Sport and Auto Motor Und Sport, the team partnered with other German media companies. Christian Danner, ex‐Formula 1 driver and head of the Jaguar Driving Academy, was appointed sporting director for the team.
Alice Powell was first seen on track in the Jaguar I‑PACE eTROPHY series as the VIP Driver for the Riyadh E‐Prix in season one, finishing the race with the fastest lap time. In season two, Alice signed with Jaguar ran racing Team Germany and finished fourth with two podiums. Alice also raced in the W Series finishing in an impressive third place.
Team Asia New Zealand was sponsored primarily by the Giltrap Group of New Zealand, as well as Wearnes Automotive of Singapore and Access Group Pvt Ltd, Sri Lanka; all official importers and distributors of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles in their respective countries. All three sponsors share the vision and commitment towards zero emissions and a passion for motorsports.
After winning the first ever Jaguar I‐PACE eTROPHY race in its inaugural season, Simon Evans, brother of Jaguar Racing Formula E Team driver Mitch Evans, was crowned the Jaguar I‑PACE eTROPHY Champion of season two in Berlin. Evans scored a total of 269 points across the two seasons, including 15 podiums and six wins.
Saudi Racing was established in 2018 to promote Saudi talent and enter the Jaguar I‑PACE eTROPHY series. The team is managed by Paul Spooner, who has a long history in bringing up new talent in motorsport in the Middle East and worldwide. Saudi Racing was supported by the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia, also the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation and Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Co.
Fahad Algosaibi was crowned PRO‐AM winner of season two of the Jaguar I‑PACE eTROPHY after six wins and three second place finishes. Algosaibi has a long history in racing, extending back to 2009. The 26‐year old has raced in six seasons of the Porsche GT3 Challenge Middle East, coming third in the 24H Dubai 997 race.
Mashhur joined the all‐electric series for season two. He has also taken part in the Formula Gulf 1000 series for two seasons, finishing an impressive third overall in 2015 and fourth in 2016.
Team Yokohama Challenge entered the season during the third round of the Jaguar I‑PACE eTROPHY series, in Mexico City. The Team was sponsored by Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, who have the objective of being carbon neutral by 2030. The company’s environmental mindset, along with supporting Takuma Aoki in participating in a sustainable race series, was reason enough to become the main sponsor of Team Yokohama Challenge.
Takuma Aoki, former World Superbike and Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, joined the series in Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) modified eTROPHY car with specially designed hand‐controls. The Japanese racer created history as the first disabled person to compete in an international electric race series in Mexico City on 15 February 2020.
Jaguar offered the opportunity for a VIP driver to compete in a Jaguar I‑PACE eTROPHY race car in each location that the series raced in. It allowed for a range of competition throughout the series and added to the suspense for each new city.