No, not the ultimate lap record, but it is the quickest production EV to have ever lapped the circuit
The Jaguar I-Pace is arguably the very first of the new breed of EVs from a major manufacturer that actually poses a serious threat to Tesla’s current dominance in the sector. Combining decades of mass-production know-how and extensive resources, the I-Pace has shown itself to be a strong challenger to the Model X 75D.
Like most EVs, it is quick off the line and while outright handling abilities are not exactly top priorities in this class, Motor Trend has now set a four-door production EV lap record at the WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway with a stock I-Pace.
Piloted by Randy Pobst, the Jaguar I-Pace HSE First Edition managed a lap time of 1:48.18. While that may be almost 20-seconds slower than the current outright record holder, the Dodge Viper ACR, taken in the context of road-biased sports cars it is a very impressive result indeed.
A VW Golf R is merely 2-seconds quicker at 1:46.01, while a Ford Focus ST is actually slower with a time of 1:49.30. A comparison with a similarly specced Model X would prove rather interesting but until then the I-Pace is the EV record holder.
Equipped with two electric motors the I-Pace produces 394 hp and 512 lb-ft of torque, its 0-60mph time of 4.5-seconds is actually quicker than the Model X 75D while both offer a similar range.
The I-Pace starts at around $70,000 before any incentives are applied and while you can configure yours online, due to a variety of factors deliveries have been delayed, with the first cars projected to be delivered by ‘late summer.’ Clearly, even the big guns have to deal with production issues sometimes.