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Jaguar I-Pace SVR would prioritise handling, not 0-60mph time
29 May 2018 Jim Holder
I-Pace SVR, imagined here by Autocar, would not just be about straight-line
Jaguar product planning boss Hanno Kirner says the I-Pace's 50/50 weight
distribution would be key in a hotter version
A high-performance Jaguar I-Pace SVR [
] – and any other performance electric cars – would not be engineered for
their 0-60mph performance alone, according to high-ranking Jaguar Land Rover
With rumours of an I-Pace SVR – and even a special limited-edition ‘Project’
car – gathering momentum, product planning boss Hanno Kirner conceded that
teams within the firm had already worked through potential credentials for
“We have asked ourselves how you would ‘SVR’ an electric car,” said Kirner.
“Yes, we can make it do 0-60mph in 1.8sec. It’s a good headline, but once
you’ve done it once or twice, and lost your eyes in the back of their
sockets, you might not want to do it again.”
Jaguar F-Pace SVR unveiled
Kirner highlighted the I-Pace’s 50/50 weight distribution and dynamic set-up
in standard form as indications of what could be possible with the car. He
also suggested that technical enhancements from current SVR vehicles could
be applied in the same way to the I-Pace but also cautioned that an electric
powertrain would need to be treated with respect.
“You also have to make sure you can’t go too fast,” he said. “I do worry
that the instant torque and performance might be too much for untrained
drivers. It may be that we have to impose some kind of restriction, so that
the performance is limited until they have gone on a driving course or
Kirner stopped short of confirming a high-performance I-Pace, stressing
instead that the car had the capability to be developed as an SVR
(performance), SVX (off-road) or SVA (luxury) vehicle if the company chose
to do so. “There is probably more than one route we could take,”he said.
“But there is definitely space for a performance electric car or cars.”
An SVR version of the I-Pace is thought to be most likely initially as it
ties in with the one-make I-Pace eTrophy racing series that will launch
later this year. An SVA version is set to follow once the reborn Jaguar XJ
is established as the manufacturer’s halo model.
Jaguar also faces a fight to maintain its electric SUV leadership among
established car makers, having beaten Audi (and its E-tron), BMW and
Mercedes to market with the I-Pace.
Texas rolls out cash incentives for electric cars
May 31, 2018 Texas, the nation’s most prolific producer of petroleum, is
accepting applications for a $2,500 incentive for buying electric and hybrid
vehicles. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rolled out the new
rules on Wednesday for the program approved by the Texas Legislature last
year ... to improve air quality across the state ...
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