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Randy Pobst Sets 1:48 Record At Laguna Seca With Jaguar I-PACE

Motor Trend magazine's Randy Pobst set an all-electric four-door production vehicle record at the Laguna Seca Raceway in a 2019 Jaguar I-PACE. The record is 1:48.18 using what Jaguar calls an unmodified I-PACE HSE First Edition.

Powered by two motors and 432 lithium-ion battery cells mounted in its floor pan the I-PACE produces 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque the instant the driver touches the throttle. Its zero-to-60 mph is a claimed 4.5 seconds with a maximum range of 292 miles (470 km) if driven normally.

Dynamically the I-PACE is constructed mostly from aluminum so its chassis is one of the most rigid models in the Jaguar lineup. Its SLA front and integral link rear suspension is also made from aluminum though an optional air suspension pack is the only way to gain on-the-fly adjustments. Regenerative braking can be set on high or low for more energy recovery or stronger braking feedback. Because the batteries are mounted are mounted between the axles, the I-PACE sports a 50:50 weight distribution.

The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE will be initially sold in 4 trims - S, SE, HSE and a limited HSE First Edition. Prices for the I-PACE start at $69,500 with deliveries expected to begin late 2018.