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I-Pace to Race: Jaguar EV to Star in Its Own Racing Series, to Run Alongside Formula E

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Jaguar embraced the nebulous idea of EV racing early on, signing on to Formula E back in 2016. Now the company is further embracing the notion, with the creation of a single-marque racing series for its upcoming I-Pace battery-powered crossover. The I-Pace eTROPHY will be a 10-race support series paired with Formula E.

The 30-minute races are expected to feature as many as 20 cars. To ensure that there are drivers for those cars, Jaguar will roll out what it calls Arrive and Drive packages that make running in the I-Pace eTROPHY essentially a turn-key event. The support package includes everything from help with car prep, logistics support, and consumable parts to hospitality and even driving suits.

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As to the race cars, Jaguar has provided no information about their specs, except to say that they will be based on the production car and will be built by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations outfit. Look for the brightly colored—but quiet-sounding—EV racers to take to the track starting late next year.

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The Monterey Motorsports Reunion’s Paddock Is a Crash Course in Racing History

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Aside from the thrill of seeing and hearing significant machines from all eras of road racing rip around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, strolling the paddock is a major reason vets return to the Monterey Motorsports Reunion every year. Ever since 1974, retired race cars have been brought together to lap the venerable and beloved road course.

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It’s perhaps the best bang-for-the-buck event during Monterey Car Week, with single-day ticket prices as low as $ 60. On the Saturday, you’ll see a few cars destined for the lawn at Pebble Beach the next morning and others fresh from a turn at The Quail, and, invariably, some wild machine that you had absolutely no idea ever set tire to pavement.



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In the paddock this year, we ran across everything from a noncompetition Subaru 360 to a fearsome Seventies-IMSA DeKon Chevy Monza to a 1905 National, one of the oldest cars to compete this year. It’s a splendid cornucopia of “Omigod! Hey! that!” For some of us, the Motorsports Reunion is an experience without equal during Car Week. After all, while that historic 911 you saw at The Quail may have looked fantastic, wouldn’t it have looked even better diving through Laguna Seca’s Corkscrew?

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Racing Safety Tips: How To Avoid Track Day Catastrophes

Going out on the track and racing a vehicle for the first time can become somewhat of a nail biting experience. However, it’s guaranteed to create a lot of adrenaline and get the heart pumping. Anyone who wants to engage in a pastime of that nature needs to take safety seriously. With that in mind, some basic tips on this page should help drivers to avoid injury. In most instances, track inspectors will assess a vehicle to ensure it meets their standards. Still, that isn’t always the case when arranging a track day with a small establishment. So, use this information wisely!

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ALWAYS wear a seatbelt

Using a belt might sound like obvious advice. However, lots of racing drivers fail to follow that most basic of procedures. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what can happen if the driver isn’t secured in their seat. When crashes happen, people in the driver’s seat could sustain many life-changing injuries. That is the last thing anyone wants, and so it’s vital that belts are fixed in place before the key goes into the ignition. It’s also worth investing in some advanced belt technology if the individual plans to race regularly. Harnesses tend to provide better protection than the devices that come as standard on most cars.

Important seatbelt fact: 75% of drivers who don’t wear a belt and become ejected from the vehicle during a crash won’t survive.

NEVER ignore track conditions

Lots of people make the mistake of overlooking the weather conditions when they plan to race. Unfortunately, not even the best car accident lawyer would succeed in gaining compensation if something goes wrong. Drivers who use race tracks forfeit their usual protections under the law. That means motorists will have to cover the full costs of any damage or injuries that might occur. With that in mind, it’s sensible to check weather reports before leaving home and keep a close eye on the conditions. Never drive as fast when the track is wet as you would when it’s dry. Use some common sense!

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Keep a safe distance from other drivers

It’s tempting for drivers to get too close to other vehicles when taking part in track races. That tends to happen on corners when one motorist might try to overtake another. Unless the car is fitted with a roll cage and other safety equipment, it’s sensible to keep a safe distance. The slightest contact could flip either driver’s vehicle over and leave them with severe injuries. Until people gain a lot of experience in the racing field, it’s wise to overtake on the flat as much as possible.

Drivers who follow that basic safety guidance should stand a decent chance of enjoying their time on the track. The important thing to remember is there is no need to become too competitive. Only professional racers who earn a substantial income from the sport can warrant taking too many risks. Amateurs like most of the people reading this post should put their safety first. Good luck!