The Techeetah squad will be the first ABB FIA Formula E team to enter the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy series, reviving the TWR name in the process.

Techeetah, which has a manufacturer partnership with DS in FE, will enter one car in the single-make eTrophy championship. It will be driven by 2018 Porsche Cup Canada driver Stefan Rzadzinski.

The eTrophy entry includes an arrangement with Ryan Walkinshaw to return his late father Tom's Tom Walkinshaw Racing brand to international motorsport.

Some of the most famous of TWR's legendary achievements in touring cars and sportscar racing were achieved with Jaguar - including the 1984 European Touring Car Championship, three World Sportscar titles and wins at the 1998 and 1990 Le Mans 24 Hours.

"We're really excited to enter the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy championship," said Techeetah chief commercial officer, Keith Smout.

"Our brand has gone from strength to strength this year and this is another great step forward for Techeetah.

"The Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy represents an opportunity to expand our brand and give our team partners more marketing exposure and business to business opportunities and it's also hugely exciting to bring back the iconic TWR name to racing.

"Ryan's father was a motorsport legend and we're very proud to welcome back the TWR brand together with Ryan."

The original TWR folded in 2002, but the Walkinshaw family remained involved in team ownership via the Holden Racing Team Supercars squad - now known as Walkinshaw Andretti United following buy-ins by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports.

Ryan Walkinshaw, part of the WAU management, said he was "very proud to return our family's name to racing", particularly with a Jaguar-based project.

"Given the rich history TWR have with Jaguar, it felt like the perfect opportunity to revive TWR with TECHEETAH through one of the world's most exciting motorsport platforms," he added.

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Jaguar will make history this weekend with the debut of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars.

It will be the first time women compete against men in a race in Saudi Arabia, and Katherine Legge, Célia Martin and Alice Powell will be amongst the first women to take part in a motor race in the Kingdom.

In the ancient surroundings of Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, 11 drivers from five continents will take on the 21 twists and turns of the 2.495km track, which starts and finishes in the heart of the old town.

Entrants will be joined by VIP driver and British racing star Alice Powell.

The 25 year old was the first ever female to win a Formula Renault Championship, the first female to score points in the GP3 Series and in 2014, was Champion in the Formula Renault Asia Championship.

Alice was recently named in the first selection for the upcoming W Series.

As a Dare to be Different Ambassador, she supports and develops young female karting talent, as well as coaching up-and-coming young female drivers.

The race is on Saturday 15 December at 12:50 local time, before the main ABB FIA Formula E race.

A shakedown and free practice session will take place on Friday, and qualifying is at 07:55 on Saturday.

The race is 25 minutes + 1 lap of full power racing.

Fans around the world will be able to watch the action free on Jaguar Racing’s Facebook and Twitter channels with TV presenters Vernon Kay and Amanda Stretton hosting live from Saudi Arabia.

Gerd Mäuser, Chairman of Jaguar Racing, said: “We are immensely proud to reach this historic moment.

“We had an idea that we could bring electric production car racing to city streets, and showcase the power and capability of the award-winning Jaguar I-PACE.

“This weekend that will become a reality.

“We have built this championship from scratch, attracting drivers, teams and sponsors from all over the world, and this is just the beginning.”

Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder, Formula E, said: “Congratulations and good luck to Jaguar Racing this weekend as they embark on a historic first for motorsport and electrification.

“We are proud to have them on the grid in Formula E and now with a spectacular support series with the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

“This gives our fans an exciting addition to our one-day race format and I can’t wait to watch the action and see the first winner.”

The line-up for the first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race is:

Driver Driver flag Team Car number
Alice Powell Great Britain Jaguar VIP car 1
Katherine Legge Great Britain Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 3
Bryan Sellers USA Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 6
Cacá Bueno Brazil Jaguar Brazil Racing 0
Sérgio Jimenez Brazil Jaguar Brazil Racing 10
Célia Martin France Viessman Jaguar eTROPHY Team Germany 7
Tao Wang China Team China 8
Yaqi Zhang China Team China 9
Simon Evans New Zealand Team Asia New Zealand 99
Ahmed Bin Khanen Saudi Arabia Saudi Racing 24
Bandar Alesayi Saudi Arabia Saudi Racing 12

Alice Powell said: "I am super excited to have been given this opportunity by Jaguar to race in their VIP car in the all new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

“Electric is the way the world is going, so to have the chance to drive in this series, in the early stages of this new era, is fantastic.

“It's been 3 years since my last race, so I cannot wait to get back out there and would like to thank Jaguar for this opportunity."

Katherine Legge, RLL Racing said: “My main focus will obviously be trying to win the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, not as a female, but as one of many racecar drivers.

“That would be a perfect way to make history.

“I know there will be a lot of focus on Célia and I racing in a country that has only just allowed females to drive and I think we are doing a great thing to bring attention to women in racing – alongside the FIA’s Women in Motorsport commission.

“As I’ve said before, the car does not know the difference, so I will just focus on doing the job I am there to do.”

Bryan Sellers, RLL Racing said: “We have completed four days of testing at two tracks and in different conditions."

“I feel like we have been able to learn a lot along the way and have been very productive in our testing.

“It has honestly been very difficult because there is a lot to learn.

“The driving style of the I-PACE is significantly different to anything I have driven in quite a long time.

“I do however feel that all the teams and all the drivers are finding the same conclusions.

“That is what is making this series something interesting and different.

“Our expectations are high.

“Katherine and I both want to deliver results for RLL but also achieve results because we were chosen to represent Team USA.”

Sérgio Jimenez, Jaguar Brazil Racing driver, said: "Our expectations are very high.

“We have had great practice sessions and have learned a lot.

“We met the team and started getting used to things like the sound and the tyres.

“It all just made our optimism grow and gave us confidence for some great results.”

Cacá Bueno, Jaguar Brazil Racing said: "The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is the first electric touring car championship and I'm really excited to be part of it.

“We will make history when we the lights go green for the first run in Ad Diriyah.

“Electric cars are the future. Not only in road cars, but also for motorsports.

“I'm convinced the event will be a huge success and the crowd will have an amazing show.”

Ahmed Bin Khanen, Saudi Racing said: "It’s really great to be part of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship, especially as the first race is in Saudi Arabia with my family and friends.

“I hope to get a good race result and most importantly, make the race exciting for fans to watch.”

Simon Evans, Team Asia New Zealand said: "It’s going to be a clean slate heading into the first race, as everyone is new to the cars and the circuit.

“I’m very proud to represent Team Asia New Zealand in this exciting championship.

“It’s going to be great to have my brother, Mitch, in my corner helping out where he can.

“The I-PACE eTROPHY is very different to his Formula E car but I'm sure he won’t be shy in telling his older brother what to do!"

Célia Martin, Viessman Jaguar eTROPHY Team Germany said: “As racing has always been a childhood dream of mine I`m now really keen on starting in my first season.

“After the tests and our preliminaries I feel well prepared for our first race in Riyadh. Lets`s get started!”

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The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has achieved a five-star ANCAP safety rating, confirming it as one of the safest vehicles on the road.

Jaguar’s first electric performance SUV scored 94% for adult occupant protection, 81% for child occupant protection and 77% for safety assist.

I-PACE scored maximum points for both the side barrier impact and the more severe side pole test, with good protection of all critical body areas.

This latest result means all three members of Jaguar’s PACE SUV family, E-PACE, F-PACE and I-PACE, have the maximum five-star ANCAP rating, demonstrating Jaguar’s commitment to engineering some of the safest family cars.

“The I-PACE is one of only a few models to offer an external airbag, which is designed to provide increased protection to pedestrians.” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

Simon Black, Senior Project Leader, Body Engineering Jaguar Land Rover said: The Jaguar I-PACE has already received awards for its design, performance and handling.

This latest award from ANCAP confirms the I-PACE’s exceptional safety standards.

The SUV has been expertly engineered with a lightweight aluminium body structure and integrated battery pack to provide outstanding crash protection for occupants.

Safety is our biggest priority and it is fantastic to see the ANCAP results reflect this.”

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It is not any exaggeration to say that for me at least, yesterday the world shifted just a little on its very stable axis.  It was the day I first drove the highly acclaimed new all electrically powered Jaguar I-Pace.

Call it an SUV, or sports car or four door saloon – it is easily and capably all of those things.

It was the first all-electric car I had driven, and I was unsure what it would feel like behind the wheel.  Would it be sterile, something like a slot car with no feel?

Well, I promise it is the complete opposite.

Most of all, it is a real Jaguar where the hallowed Pace Space and Grace theme is totally adhered to.  It is extremely fast, very responsive and totally luxurious.

We will have a huge cover story on the newest and most revolutionary Jaguar ever, in our next edition.

Stand up and feel very proud that Jaguar is the first vehicle manufacturer in the world to put an all-electically driven vehicle onto the market – anywhere in the entire world.  And they have got it very right.

The revolution here here and now.

If you are reading this in Australia, this information is relevant to you.

Aided by regenerative braking, claimed WLPT driving range is 470km and the I-PACE can be charged to 80 per cent via a 7kW AC wallbox ($2280) in 10 hours (at the rate of 35km per hour, or three times faster than a domestic power outlet), or via a maximum 100kW DC fast-charger in 40 minutes (at the rate of 100km per 15 minutes).

Jaguar says that at an electricity price of 30 cents/kWh, the I-PACE will average $5.70 per 100km, equating to a $1500 annual saving over an equivalent conventional SUV.

Jaguar Australia has committed to installing more than 150 fast-chargers nationally, including at its 45 dealerships, at a cost of around $4 million.

All local I-PACE buyers will a three-year subscription to the Jaguar’s new charging network, which is being installed by JET Charge using its Chargefox system, and all vehicles feature an on-board 7kW single-phase charger and a multi-function 32A Mode 2 universal charging cable.

The I-PACE battery has an eight-year, 160,000km warranty and the vehicle itself by a five-year/200,000km warranty including roadside assist – two years and 100,000km more than any other Jaguar.

Over-the-air software updates are also part of the deal, as is the Jaguar InControl Remote app allowing pre-cooling, un/locking, timed charging, eco mode and EV navigation.

How much is the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE? in Australia?

S – $119,000

SE – $130,200

HSE – $140,800

First Edition – $159,700

* All prices exclude on-road costs

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I have just arrived back home and in the office after a massively long day driving the near full range of new all-electric I-Pace Jaguars.  I had never driven an electric powered car.

No journalists in this country (Australia) can report on those drives until tomorrow due to an embargo – but wait – it will be worth it and, of course, it is going to be all over edition #196.

I know what is going to be our cover – because it was specifically shot for us today during the lunch stop.  Nothing happened by chance!

Come back soon for our impressions

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