Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have been confirmed as the first team for Jaguar’s all-electric FIA Formula E feeder series, I-Pace e-TROPHY electric race series.
US open wheel racing legend, Bobby Rahal and his team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will field two cars in the I-Pace e-Trophy electric race series which will run in conjunction with the FIA Formula E Series starting with the 2018/19 season, season 5 of the series.
Jaguar Racing Team Director, James Barclay commented on the new agreement by saying:
Since the global announcement of eTROPHY the reaction has been very positive and we are in discussions with many teams and drivers about entering the series next year. As part of our Race to Innovate strategy, we are obviously delighted to be able to announce our first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY team with racing legend Bobby Rahal and we look forward to working together with all our teams to make it a big success. The series is in a strong place and we look forward to announcing more news over the next few months.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing co-owner, Bobby Rahal commented on the news by saying:
Innovation is integral to motorsports and electric car racing is an important part of the future so this opportunity came at the perfect time for RLL. We are thrilled to be competing in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series next year working alongside an electric innovator like Jaguar. Even though the first race is some time off in the distance, we’re already looking forward to participating.
Rahal who runs successful teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series and a team with BMW in the IMSA WhetherTech Championship went on to say:
Certainly electric power is relatively new in motorsport, but being at the forefront of the technological advancement made possible by testing on the racetrack that can transfer over into production cars is exciting for us. To be able to contribute in some small way in the testing and development of electric vehicles that ultimately will provide more options for consumers is something to be proud of.
President and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, Joe Eberhardt commented by saying:
In 2018 customers will be able to drive their Jaguar I-PACE battery electric vehicles on the road, while also watching them race in cities around the globe – including venues such as New York and Montreal – by top-flight race teams like Rahal Letterman Lanigan. We look forward to demonstrating the exciting performance credentials of the coming generation of battery electric vehicles with both the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team and others as they join the eTROPHY Series.