FROM RACE TO ROAD: JAGUAR ENHANCES AWARD-WINNING I-PACE WITH KNOWLEDGE GAINED FROM THE RACE TRACK
Jaguar made history in 2018 with the creation of the I-PACE eTROPHY series – the world’s first all-electric production based international race series – reinforcing its commitment to electric racing while leveraging technical expertise to develop future electric road cars as part of its ‘Race to Innovate’ mission. The series puts the all-electric SUV through extreme-use conditions and the first competitive season yielded critical learnings for the durability and thermal control of the battery and torque management systems.
In a continual quest to enhance the customer experience, Jaguar engineers have also analyzed data from more than 50 million miles of real journeys from all corners of the world. Every element of the vehicle’s performance is scrutinized to leverage the optimum performance of the systems and maximize efficiency.
“The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY has generated a huge amount of data for us to analyze and those marginal gains, derived from competition on the track, are now being applied to customers’ cars to further enhance their driving experience,” said Stephen Boulter, I-PACE Vehicle Engineering Manager. “The new software updates optimize the powertrain control systems to improve efficiency and allow I-PACE drivers to travel even further on a single charge without any hardware changes – it really is a case of the vehicle getting better with age.”
The all-wheel drive I-PACE is the Jaguar brand’s first full battery-electric vehicle and has an EPA estimated range of up to 234 miles from a single charge of its 90 kWh lithium-ion battery.10 While the new software upgrade doesn’t change the official certified range figure, the marginal gains developed from eTROPHY analysis will give customers access to an improvement of up to eight percent, dependent on usage – equating to a potential extra 12 miles of real-world range.
The changes derived from the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race series include:
− All-Wheel Drive: Changes to the torque distribution between the front and rear motors will deliver greater efficiency when driving in ECO mode – the system still delivers permanent AWD traction4
− Temperature Control: Refinements to thermal management control will make greater use of the active radiator vane system, closing the vanes more frequently to enhance aerodynamic performance more of the time
− Battery Capacity: Updates allow the battery to run to a lower state of charge than previously without affecting drivability, durability or performance
Additional changes derived from real-world data analysis include:
− Regenerative Braking: The vehicle’s brakes will harvest energy more efficiently when the battery is in a high state of charge, and the amount of energy recovery has been increased at lower driving speeds, to maximize efficiency and range
− Range Calculation: Changes to the predictive range calculation algorithm will deliver a more accurate and consistent estimate of vehicle range, while being more reflective of an individual’s driving style
Customers are being invited to take vehicles to their nearest Jaguar Retailer to receive the complimentary update. The wide-ranging changes will also enable enhanced Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) functionality. Visit the Software Updates page for more details. After receiving the latest software, more electronic modules will be able to receive remote updates, providing ongoing enhancements to the customer experience.
The state-of-the-art 90 kWh Lithium-ion battery in the I-PACE offers sports car performance of 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds3 alongside the practicality of 234 miles of all-electric range,10 and 0-80 percent charging time of approximately 43 minutes (100 kW DC). Home charging with an 230V AC wall box (7 kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over 10 hours.*
The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE performance SUV is priced from $69,5001 in the U.S. Configure yours now.
*Figures for charging are Manufacturer’s estimates based on best information available at time of publication. Charging time will vary by market, power supply and charging solution. Please refer to the Jaguar website for more information.