AUSTRALIAN PROTOTYPE SERIES 2/3 V12 E-TYPE REVEALED IN NEXT EDITION

We have posted news recently of two examples of six prototype Series 3 E-Types built in 1969 and which have surfaced after a long while in hibernation.

These cars each have a chassis number starting with EX100 and are very mysterious – and historic.

One is fitted with an XK six cylinder engine – and another is in Australia where it is very rarely seen.

In our next edition we will bring this car into the light with the assistance of its long time enthusiastic owner.

Not all of those six cars survive, and we will reveal all in the coming magazine.

I love stories like this which highlight the team of brilliant engineers at Jaguar who worked mostly out of the spotlight.

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It’s all in edition #190:

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D-TYPE LIKE YOU HAVEN’T SEEN

This is D-Type XKD526 – a car with two unique elements to its history.

You may find the Jaguar, seen here with its driver, the famous Frank Matich, looking a little strange with this coupe roof.

It is the only D-Type ever known to have one fitted for racing at least, and its purpose was to allow it to compete in GT racing.  Bob Jane fitted one to his ex-works Maserati 300S also!

The D-Type is also the same car which was raced at full tilt by a woman when it was new – that was Mrs Geordie Anderson in Brisbane.  No other ladies are known to have done that.

We have more images and a detailed story coming up in Jaguar Magazine.

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DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE VISIT THE SOLIHULL PLANT

Jaguar Land Rover was honoured to welcome The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to its Solihull manufacturing plant. The Royal visitors witnessed first-hand the £2.5bn invested in the site which has seen production and employment more than double since 2008.

During a tour of the final assembly line, both The Duke and Duchess watched production associates complete the final checks on the latest models to be introduced at the plant – the Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velar. The tour concluded with a look in to Jaguar Land Rover’s electric future in the form of the Jaguar I-PACE Concept and Range Rover P400e (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), both models form part of the company’s commitment to be fully electrified from 2020 onwards.

Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr Ralf Speth said: “Showcasing the Solihull manufacturing plant to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was an honour. 

“We are a proud British company with a passionate workforce and it was a privilege for everyone to be part of this very special visit”.  

The company also took the opportunity to celebrate setting a new record for volunteering with more than 10,000 employees dedicating 120,000 hours to help worthwhile causes during their working hours. Twenty Jaguar Land Rover volunteers met with The Duke and Duchess and explained how their skills had been used to support social, environmental and educational causes. The Duchess also met five children from Topcliffe Primary School in Birmingham who are the reigning champions of the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge – a core education programme in which children are tasked to research, design, manufacture, test, promote and race the fastest car possible, driven by compact compressed air.

During the visit Jaguar Land Rover also furthered its commitment to emergency and disaster relief through a partnership with Mountain Rescue England and Wales.  A team of mountain rescue volunteers were at Jaguar Land Rover’s flagship manufacturing plant to familiarise themselves with the new Discovery, which will join its existing fleet of lifesaving vehicles. The handover was witnessed by The Duke, who is Patron of the charity and The Duchess, both of whom went on to drive the Land Rover Experience off-road course.

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JAGUAR PLANS FOR REUSE OF ITS CAR BATTERIES

Jaguar Land Rover, Connected Energy, the University of Warwick and Videre Global are to collaborate on a second-life battery research project in the UK.

The £1.3 million project is co-funded by an Innovate UK grant awarded last month and will see second-life batteries from Jaguar Land Rover electric vehicles trialled in domestic applications.

Earlier this year Jaguar Land Rover confirmed that from 2020 it would only manufacture pure-electric or hybrid cars.

Connected Energy will adapt its E-STOR energy storage technology to integrate the Jaguar Land Rover batteries, while the University of Warwick’s research arm – WMG – is to conduct various other works on second-life modules.

Connected Energy’s Matthew Lumsden said the new project would focus on extending the value chain of second-life batteries in the UK.

It is the latest in a range of deals signed by electric vehicle manufacturers to examine the potential for their batteries to find applications after their use for EVs has diminished. Nissan and Eaton have combined to develop the xStorage system which is available for UK households now, while Renault partnered British manufacturer Powervault for a similar deal this summer.

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XE LONG WHEELBASE RELEASED IN CHINA

Jaguar XEL, extended wheelbase version of XE revealed in China

 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled the extended wheelbase version of the XE in China. Christened the Jaguar XEL, the wheelbase on the sedan has been extended by 100mm. The British manufacturer came up with the new Jaguar XEL for the Chinese market and it will be sold exclusively in China. Jaguar XEL will be manufactured at Chery Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Changshu and will go on sale in the country in January 2018. An extended wheelbase means that the distance between the two axles has been increased to 2,935 mm, which has led to an enlarged cabin space, especially for the second row. The new Jaguar XEL has an additional 112 mm of legroom and 100 mm of knee room for the rear passengers. The cabin has also been modified compared to the XE in order to incorporate the larger space.

 In terms of the exterior and styling, the Jaguar XEL remains largely similar to the standard XE, except, of course longer rear doors. The other aspect distinguishing the XEL from the XE is the ‘XEL’ badge on side window finisher and the chrome finish on the door handles and side sill.

Jaguar XEL will be powered by the same 2-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine that powers the XE is China and India. The diesel engine option is not available in China, but the petrol unit is offered in two states of tunes – 197 bhp and 246 bhp. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels. Jaguar XEL will be available in four variants – Pure, Prestige, Prestige+ and Portfolio.

Almost all of the Jaguar XEL buyers will be chauffeur-driven, and keeping that in mind, Jaguar has introduced some new features to add to passenger comfort and convenience. It gets a sliding panoramic sunroof, cabin air ionisation, a Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to eight devices and a front passenger seat away feature that allows even larger space at the rear.

Luxury car brands have long practised introducing long-wheelbase versions of the existing cars in China and it is highly unlikely that the left-hand drive car will ever come to India. However, Mercedes-Benz launched the E-Class with an extended wheelbase, which rattled the segment a bit. So, Jaguar may consider bringing a right-hand drive version of the XEL to India. Or perhaps, if not yet, the trend may be set over time.

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