Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans took to the passenger seat to be treated to an electrifying drive across the legendary Col de Turini by his racing driver brother, Simon Evans. The pair tackled one of the most dangerous roads in the world in a racing version of Jaguar’s first all-electric road car, the I-PACE, recently crowned World Car of the Year.
The Col de Turini, located 1607 metres above sea level in the Maritime Alps, is steeped in motorsport folklore, with the Monte Carlo Rally often utilising its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns for the ultimate test of driving skill.
The mountain pass lies near Sospel, between the communes of Moulinet and La Bollène-Vésubie in the Arrondissement of Nice. It has been the arena where the best rally drivers in history have demonstrated their skills. Today, an all-electric racecar conquered the famous ‘Col’ for the first time, 63 years after Jaguar won the famous Monte Carlo Rally in 1956 with the Jaguar Mark VII M.
Mitch Evans, Panasonic Racing Driver, said being in the passenger seat was a strange experience for me as I’m usually the one doing the driving. Fortunately I trust my brother Simon and I was really impressed with how well the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY tackled the famous Col de Turini – the brakes are particularly impressive. Turini is steeped in so much motorsport history and I felt we brought it bang up-to-date with the all-electric I-PACE.
Simon Evans, said“It was nice to give Mitch a taste of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY car today and for him to feel what I have been driving this year – he is not the only Evans to have won a race this season! I loved driving the eTROPHY car across the Col. It is one of those motorsport names that is known around the world and I didn’t think I would get the opportunity to visit let alone drive with the road closed. Maybe I’ll sign up to do the Monte Carlo Rally next year!.
Simon Evans competes in the official support series of Formula E. Each entrant pilots a racing version of the World Car of the Year winning Jaguar I-PACE.