RE: Jaguar I-Pace Laguna Seca lap: Time For Coffee

RE: Jaguar I-Pace Laguna Seca lap: Time For Coffee

Tuesday 11th September

Jaguar I-Pace Laguna Seca lap: Time For Coffee?

Jag EV laps the iconic Californian track, gets within a couple of tenths of an Evo IX



Whichever way you cut it, there's a heck of a lot of attention on the Jaguar I-Pace at the moment. Even on PH, the reveal story attracted nearly 250 comments, and the drive comfortably more than 300. People are interested, and want to know more. Perfect time to introduce the Laguna Seca lap, then...

Alright, so the timing is a little out. A less commercial, plainer version of this vid originally appeared Motor Trend's channel as an unlisted upload on August 18th; it was picked up and then the subject of some discussion on PH last month, in fact. But it was only released publically on the channel over the weekend, complete with more than its fair share of Jag endorsement for this HSE First Edition. Get beyond that - the lap begins at 2:00 in the 'full' video - and there's an entirely electric lap of Laguna Seca, so often the location for incredible combustion engined feats, to watch and analyse.

Of course it's quiet, and the sense of relaxation is not helped by Randy Pobst's rather laid back style, though there's decent speed and composure from what we can see here. Certainly there have been cars less at home on track. How long it might last flat out on track is rather a different matter, of course, but maybe we'll discuss that another time...

The time? 1:48.18, placing it on Fastest Laps leaderboard just behind an Evo IX time of 1:47.93 and ahead of a previous generation Focus ST, Mk7 Golf GTI and - it says here - a 997 Carrera S, although 1:50 seems a little slow.

Anyway, the lap is here, it's new and it's different, so it seemed worth sharing. Both versions are below, just in case you want to cut through the blurb and straight into the lap.


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QuattroDave

Original Poster:

512 posts

63 months

Tuesday 11th September
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Rather relaxed wheel grip from the driver, casual one handed into the start finish straight! I take it it's incredibly light steering.

Saw one of these in the metal in Soho a few weeks ago, looks very very good. I would happily own one of these. Having driven electric cars for a few hundred miles now I can see the appeal of the instant torque and the whisper quiet ride (so long as there's still a decent sounding car I can jump into!)

I was in the market for an i3 to be the frugal runaround when not in my M140i but then I was shown a crazy good ipace lease deal that's hard to ignore!

RacerMike

2,044 posts

146 months

Tuesday 11th September
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Yeah, there's a few really crazy deals appearing, especially for business users. I think one of them effectively works out about £450 a month if you're doing 10,000 a year (the deal itself is £300 a month but for only 5,000 miles. The extra mileage would be another £150 on top of the base deal) which considering I worked out that I'd save £150 a month in fuel (even when accounting for the cost of charging) it seems incredible really. £300 a month to drive around in a brand new £60k car!

havoc

24,135 posts

170 months

Tuesday 11th September
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Mike - the deal I saw last week had a rather hefty up-front payment before the £300/month, so possibly not as attractive as you make it sound...


As for the lap - hmm, "£60k, 400bhp quasi-SUV is quicker than £30k, 220bhp last-gen hot-hatches*." Wow, now there's news! rolleyes


More to the point, why oh why do manufacturers of anything that's not expected to go on-track regularly (so anything less than a hardcore hot-hatch, a hardcore sports car or a full-on supercar) insist on showing-off lap-times?!? Says nothing about how the car will behave in the real world...

...where the I-Pace is probably going to be rather effective - good ride, instant torque, plenty of space...




* The Evo-IX is now well over 10 years old and was under-tyred at launch...and those tyres are now 10y.o. tech so hardly comparable with modern rubber. Same for the 997 re: tyre tech, as it was launched in 2004. Even so that lap-time doesn't seem to make sense...

RacerMike

2,044 posts

146 months

Tuesday 11th September
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havoc said:
Mike - the deal I saw last week had a rather hefty up-front payment before the £300/month, so possibly not as attractive as you make it sound...
I think I read either on here, or another forum that someone has got that deal though. Sounded like they'd done a decent amount of research, and whilst I know it's not cheap, I'm still surprised the monthly payments can be that low. Seems promising as a lot of Jag stuff isn't traditionally very cheap on finance.

Ultimately, I guess the lap is a way of showing that it doesn't wilt after 300m, as is the general opinion on most EVs. This does have some relevance in the real world, purely from changing the perceptions of the motoring public. Along with the 'I regularly do 500 miles a day and never need to stop', 'the batteries will only hold 20% of the original charge after a year', 'the national grid won't be able to cope' and 'you're just moving the pollution elsewhere', not being able to cope with fast driving is another EV cliche which is an excuse/misconception that puts people off the idea. Doing a lap like this is a way of saying 'look....the future isn't totally depressing and EVs can actually be fun/comparable to an ICE car'. There's a long way to go, but stuff like this helps to move the perspective away from sandal wearing tech billionaires who live in California.

Baldchap

483 posts

27 months

Tuesday 11th September
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As a Model X owner I love the fact that other marques are stepping up and pushing the EV marketplace forward.

I knew when I bought it the likelihood was it'd be a Betamax in not long at all. Hasn't happened yet, but seeing the established manufacturers take electric seriously bodes very well for the future. Just not for me resale value!!!
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havoc

24,135 posts

170 months

Tuesday 11th September
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RacerMike said:
Doing a lap like this is a way of saying 'look....the future isn't totally depressing and EVs can actually be fun/comparable to an ICE car'. There's a long way to go, but stuff like this helps to move the perspective away from sandal wearing tech billionaires who live in California.
Yes and no.

1 lap says nothing at all about ability or range - as you know better than most of us on here, nearly any car can do 1 fast lap, but it's how the tyres / brakes / transmission cope after everything heats up that determine true durability. And in the case of an EV, battery content / remaining range...

Fun? Again I feel I'm preaching to the choir, but a fast lap doesn't necessarily = 'fun'. See archetypal old-school fast-Audi.
...on top of which different people get their driving fun in different ways...acceleration, high-speed, grip, agility, sound, feel/feedback, responsiveness, 'balance' to the experience (e.g. control weights)...



I'm not anti-EV here, I'm anti-pointless-marketing.

RacerMike

2,044 posts

146 months

Tuesday 11th September
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havoc said:
Yes and no.

1 lap says nothing at all about ability or range - as you know better than most of us on here, nearly any car can do 1 fast lap, but it's how the tyres / brakes / transmission cope after everything heats up that determine true durability. And in the case of an EV, battery content / remaining range...

Fun? Again I feel I'm preaching to the choir, but a fast lap doesn't necessarily = 'fun'. See archetypal old-school fast-Audi.
...on top of which different people get their driving fun in different ways...acceleration, high-speed, grip, agility, sound, feel/feedback, responsiveness, 'balance' to the experience (e.g. control weights)...

I'm not anti-EV here, I'm anti-pointless-marketing.
Randy seems to be fairly genuine in his enjoyment for the car on track (despite the clear fact it's pretty advertorial for JLR), and many of the press drives in Portimao commented that they were able to complete several laps without any sign of a de-rate.

I'm not naive enough to suggest that we're at the point where you could bang out an entire track day at Castle Combe with a production EV car, but I think for most customers, we're at the point where an electric car can deliver performance of a level that would match their experience in an ICE car. The I Pace has already been spied earlier in the year at the Nurburgring, so it's clearly capable of a lap, and the Mission E has been there quite a bit. Already this has moved on from the Model S which de-rates so much by the first straight that it's barely worth continuing! Initial reports suggest the Model 3 is already a big step on from this also.

Edited by RacerMike on Tuesday 11th September 11:38

Evilex

445 posts

39 months

Tuesday 11th September
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Laguna Seca makes a nice change from the inevitable Nurburgring lap, and it's a considerably shorter watch!

Gecko1978

2,090 posts

92 months

Tuesday 11th September
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With a full tank of fuel v a full charge in the Ipace would it still do more laps that the EVO

fblm

15,261 posts

198 months

Tuesday 11th September
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Evilex said:
Laguna Seca makes a nice change from the inevitable Nurburgring lap, and it's a considerably shorter watch!
I guess it would overheat on a full lap and turn in a woeful time.

As an aside I treated myself to 3 days driving Laguna Seca at Christmas. It's an absolutely fantastic track, IMO up there with Spa; anyone who gets the chance, take it, it's worth the trip!

RacerMike

2,044 posts

146 months

Tuesday 11th September
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fblm said:
I guess it would overheat on a full lap and turn in a woeful time.
Not entirely sure that's true. The car did a reasonable amount of testing at the 'Ring.

fblm

15,261 posts

198 months

Tuesday 11th September
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RacerMike said:
fblm said:
I guess it would overheat on a full lap and turn in a woeful time.
Not entirely sure that's true. The car did a reasonable amount of testing at the 'Ring.
As I said; I guess. AFAIK the Model S hasn't done a full lap without doing so; various attempts have apparently lasted between 3 minutes and 8 miles. It's not actually a critisism; it's not the point of the car; just an observation. Maybe the iPace has a more advanced battery, I don't know.

John145

1,850 posts

91 months

Tuesday 11th September
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I've done some work with Randy earlier this year in California, really nice guy and a fast consistent driver! Car looks like its setup for fun rather than ultimate laptime though.

vz-r_dave

3,304 posts

153 months

Tuesday 11th September
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Its an EV, it should be governed by actual speed limits and have an optimal and safe acceleration ability. High levels of performance etc shouldnt be a requirement. All of these EV's coming out trying to replicate high performance premium/exec deisels just do not make sense. Why make something econimical to then allow it to drain the battery uneconimically and shorten its range.....

Edited by vz-r_dave on Tuesday 11th September 16:08

fblm

15,261 posts

198 months

Tuesday 11th September
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vz-r_dave said:
Its an EV, it should be governed by actual speed limits and have an optimal and safe acceleration ability. High levels of performance etc shouldnt be a requirement. All of these EV's coming out trying to replicate high performance deisels just do not make sense. Why make something econimical to then allow it to drain the battery uneconimically and shorten its range.....
Utterly bizarre comment.

vz-r_dave

3,304 posts

153 months

Tuesday 11th September
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fblm said:
vz-r_dave said:
Its an EV, it should be governed by actual speed limits and have an optimal and safe acceleration ability. High levels of performance etc shouldnt be a requirement. All of these EV's coming out trying to replicate high performance deisels just do not make sense. Why make something econimical to then allow it to drain the battery uneconimically and shorten its range.....
Utterly bizarre comment.
Why bizarre?

Contigo

2,969 posts

144 months

Tuesday 11th September
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Looks like Randy at the wheel and certainly made him laugh at Corkscrew. I sat in one of these when I went to test drive the Ftype SVR and loved it. Would have one for sure....


madbadger

10,735 posts

179 months

Tuesday 11th September
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vz-r_dave said:
fblm said:
vz-r_dave said:
Its an EV, it should be governed by actual speed limits and have an optimal and safe acceleration ability. High levels of performance etc shouldnt be a requirement. All of these EV's coming out trying to replicate high performance deisels just do not make sense. Why make something econimical to then allow it to drain the battery uneconimically and shorten its range.....
Utterly bizarre comment.
Why bizarre?
Should all others cars have limited acceleration to preserve fuel and be restricted to the speed limit?

fblm

15,261 posts

198 months

Tuesday 11th September
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vz-r_dave said:
fblm said:
vz-r_dave said:
Its an EV, it should be governed by actual speed limits and have an optimal and safe acceleration ability. High levels of performance etc shouldnt be a requirement. All of these EV's coming out trying to replicate high performance deisels just do not make sense. Why make something econimical to then allow it to drain the battery uneconimically and shorten its range.....
Utterly bizarre comment.
Why bizarre?
I was being polite.

vz-r_dave

3,304 posts

153 months

Wednesday 12th September
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fblm said:
I was being polite.
Thats kind of you and a little pathetic as well but I shouldnt be surprised on PH.