Jaguar has set a production EV record lap time of 1:48.18 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in its new, all-electric jaguar I-PACE performance crossover before the model goes on sale later this year and ahead of its display at the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Piloted by professional race car driver Randy Pobst, the Photon Red 2019 Jaguar I-PACE HSE First Edition tackled the 11-turn with no modifications whatsoever. Pobst set what Motor Trend believes is the benchmark for the fastest lap at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for a four-door stock production electric vehicle.
Priced from $69,500 and featuring all-wheel drive as standard, the 2019 I-PACE will be available in three trim levels: S, SE and HSE – with an additional First Edition model inspired by the original design concept available for the first year only – when the vehicle arrives in US retailer showrooms later this year.
The new all-electric Jaguar I-PACE makes EV ownership more exciting, accessible and practical than ever thanks to its unique design and battery technology. A 90 kWh lithium-ion battery comprising of 432 pouch cells – chosen for their high energy density and superior thermal management – is able to achieve a 0-80 percent battery charge in approximately 40 minutes using 100 kW DC fast charging and 85 minutes using 50kW DC fast charging. Alternatively, home charging with a 230V/32AMP AC wall box (7kW) will charge the I-PACE from zero to 80 percent in just over ten hours, making it ideal for overnight charging.
Conceived as a high-performance crossover from the outset, the I-PACE delivers engaging driving dynamics, everyday usability and comfort, with a unique balance of ride, refinement and control. Jaguar has placed the battery as low as possible between the axles, providing close to optimal 50:50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity optimizing composure and reducing body roll.
Advanced double wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension deliver both incredible ride comfort and the lateral stiffness needed during dynamic driving, ensuring excellent handling, grip and steering responses. The compact and lightweight suspension design features aluminum suspension links and knuckles to reduce weight, while maximizing interior space.
The all-new Jaguar I-PACE also enables the driver to select either high or low levels of regenerative braking to assist in improving efficiency and vehicle range. When high regenerative braking mode is selected the driver can experience single-pedal driving in certain conditions as the car decelerates when lifting off the accelerator; helping to reduce reliance on the brake pedal when slowing down. In fact, a maximum regenerative braking force of up to 0.4G is achievable in this mode.
In addition to the sporting DNA customers have come to expect from a Jaguar, each new I-PACE sold in the U.S. comes with the added peace of mind of Jaguar EliteCare, a best-in-class ownership package. Jaguar EliteCare includes: