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The Jaguar I-Pace sets a new lap record in Laguna Seca

2018-08-24 10:30

Image: Motorpress

Jaguar has set a production EV record lap time of 1:48.18 at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in the new all-electric I-Pace performance SUV 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.

Setting the benchmark

Pobst, who also competed in the 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in South Africa, 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.

READ: We drive the new SA-bound I-Pace SUV: Silent Jaguar with the biggest growl…

Footage of Pobst’s lap is available online here. More video will be available from 7 September on the Motor Trend App and Motor Trend YouTube channel.

The new all-electric Jaguar I-Pace makes electric vehicle (EV) ownership more exciting, accessible and practical than ever thanks to its unique design and battery technology.

Electric performance

A 90kWh Lithium-ion battery comprising 432 pouch cells – chosen for their high energy density and superior thermal management – is able to achieve a 0-80% battery charge in 40 minutes using 100kW DC fast charging.

Conceived as a high-performance SUV 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 centre of gravity optimising composure and reducing body roll.

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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 feature aluminium suspension links and knuckles to reduce weight while maximising interior space.

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The 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.

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