Formula E Support Race Single-Make Jaguar i-Pace SUV Series Reveal

Great news!

Guess what? We’re getting real viable support racing series for an FIA Formula E city ePrix near you… not the single car Roborace DevBot from Kinetic making slow laps around the track stripped of it’s body panels but still wearing flag liveries of the host country… but real looking cars. More than cars… SUV’s which once again are all the rage in North America and pretty much everywhere else around the world. (we love our SUV’s!)

photo credit: Formula E / Jaguar

I posted earlier suggesting Formula E should link with the announced Tesla single-make Model S series… but why bother asking someone else to participate when they could just create one from scratch. Jaguar Panasonic Racing was a heavy presence in Montreal, Canada where billboards of the team were plastered all over the place, from the International Airport to the Downtown City Streets… and now they will get their money’s worth with this single-make series featuring the all-new Jaguar i-Pace model.

photo credit: Formula E / Jaguar

I think seeing up to 20 of these on the city streets will be fantastic!

I would imagine that with the weight of the cars maybe the street-circuit barriers and catch fencing would need to be reinforced. But I’m sure it’s something that the organizers would follow through to FIA standards as the rules dictate.

I’m totally looking forward to checking them out in person.

The news says they will make their debut in 2018 which means that the series will miss the 2017-2018 season opener in Hong Kong, but like the Roborace I’m sure it’ll take some time for the vehicles to be prepped and teams created to run them. Maybe 2019 would be a good year to witness a really competitive Jaguar i-Pace race, if the series does survive and there is acceptance.

Make it happen folks!

Additional photos from the Frankfurt Motor Show reveal:  autocar.co.uk/slideshow/frankfurt-pictures-jaguar-ipace-racer

And official press release from Formula E:  fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/formula-e-and-jaguar-to-launch-support-series/

Track Day Bro! Hooked on Driving MX5 Miata at NJMP Lightning Raceway

It was a great weekend spent at New Jersey Motorsport Park not just because of MotoAmerica bikes I  volunteered for on Thunderbolt but also because of cars I got to check out on Lightning. Camping at the track I was looking for things to do to kill time before calling it a night. Went into town to pick up some Chinese, ate it at the Tempest circuit watching kids race go karts. As I was about to leave I see an NC Miata being trailered into Lightning for next day’s event there… Hmm… what have we got here? I went over to take a look and the owner of the Miata was as excited as I was to see another NC MX-5 (he thought I’d race there too). We had a chat and the next day I stopped by during lunch time to take some better shots of his great looking Limited Edition (that metallic paint looked awesome!) with better light conditions.

Anyway… here’s the pix:

My shitty cell phone camera barely captured the metallic paint job…

The car sounded amazing. Very nice tone to the exhaust. And the owner was kicking ass on track, blowing past other cars including Camaro’s and Porsche’s… (at least the passes I got to see)

Oh look a Heinlein tuned Moostang Shelby!

Is it a rental?

Watching the Miata kick ass in the Carousel.

If I had the money I would totally do a track day… although instead of using my own car I would probably rent one. There were plenty of rentals all over the parking lot… great variety to choose from.

Oh yeah, back at Thunderbolt spotted this gem… the only Miata in attendance for the MotoAmerica SBK race, and must be a member judging by the license plate frame: