have all heard of Mt Everest. Climbing the Everest requires considerable amount
of stamina and will power. But if a vehicle has to successfully ‘Everest’, it
requires robust technology, besides good driving skills. That’s what the Jaguar
I-Pace accomplished when it was driven by Olympic and World champion cyclist,
Elinor Barker MBE.
Jaguar I-Pace all-electric vehicle shrugged off the steep inclines, twisting
tarmac and near freezing temperatures of the UK’s highest paved road to
successfully ‘Everest’ at Great Dun Fell, in Cumbria, on a single charge of its
90kWh battery. The all-electric performance SUV model was driven by Barker.
concept of Everesting is simple, yet extreme: complete a series of runs up an
incline until achieving an elevation gain of 8848m – equal to an ascent of
Mount Everest – and the popularity of this endurance challenge boomed among
cyclists during the pandemic.
by cyclists as ‘Britain’s Mont Ventoux’ – a reference to the daunting Alpine
mountain stage in the Tour de France – Great Dun Fell is home to the highest
surfaced road in the UK. The narrow ribbon of asphalt is defined by a series of
sweeping bends and gradients of up to 20 per cent as it climbs 547m from the
start point used for the challenge to a peak of 848m.
completed 16.2 repeats of the 5.8km climb (11.6km loop in total) using the
I-Pace’s regenerative braking technology to generate approximately 60 per cent
of additional available energy over the total 16 descents.
covered 199.6kmin total, including a 12.9km drive to the start point on the
fell, the I-Pace completed its energy intensive challenge with 31 per cent
battery charge remaining – enough to drive for up to 128.7kmmore.
to the efficient completion of the Everesting challenge was the I-Pace’s
regenerative braking system. Developed using technology from Jaguar Racing’s
Formula E programme, ‘regen’ is a critical enabler for success on the track. In
an average race the I-Type 5 generates around 30per cent of additional energy
from regen, without it the car simply wouldn’t make it to the chequered flag.
Barker,MBE, said: “I watched with fascination as cyclists took up the
Everesting challenge during lock down – even as a professional rider, it’s a
daunting feat of endurance, so I was happy to do it behind the wheel of the
all-electric Jaguar I-Pace. When I found out that Jaguar Racing drivers
typically need to regenerate 30 per cent of their I-TYPE's battery capacity in
a Formula E race, as a competitor I naturally wanted to beat that figure! I’m
delighted to have smashed that target – all while enjoying the comfort, silent
power delivery and single-pedal driving of the I-PACE.”
was supported throughout the drive by members of the Jaguar Racing and I-Pace
engineering teams, on hand to monitor the vehicle’s performance.
Lambert, Jaguar Racing Engineer, said: “The advanced regenerative braking
system developed for the I-PACE is a defining feature of the driving
experience. Lessons learned through our Formula E programme on the track ensure
I-Pace customers enjoy benefits on the road in terms of optimised range. The
regenerative braking also provides up to 0.4g of deceleration so Elinor would
only have been using the conventional friction brakes at two or three points on
preparation for the challenge, the I-Pace was preconditioned using the Jaguar
Remote App. While the vehicle is plugged in, preconditioning automatically
heats or cools the battery to reach its ideal operating temperature and
establishes the desired cabin temperature –using mainspower. Using the grid to
do this instead of drawing current from the vehicle battery optimises the
driving range – especially in cold weather.
feature which enhances the I-Pace’s efficiency is Smart Climate, which uses the
seatbelt sensors to determine how many occupants are travelling inside, and
only heating or cooling the relevant areas of the cabin, maintaining comfort
while minimising energy use.
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