JLR’S CHARGE INTO ELECTRIC POWER IS HELPING CREATE A NEW COVENTRY

Up to 10,000 new jobs could be created in Coventry after £80million of government funding was announced for a national centre to develop batteries for the electric vehicles of the future.

The National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF) is seen as a key building block for Coventry to become the UK’s Motor City once again – and lead the world in electric vehicle technology.

The NBMDF will see the development of the next generation of battery systems across battery chemistry, electrodes, cell design, module and pack level and will see a partnership between academia and industry.

A suitable site for the development will now be sought but it is likely it will become part of the Whitley South Technology Campus, close to the site where Jaguar Land Rover is currently expanding its operations.

In November last year JLR chief executive Ralf Speth said the company wants to build the next generation of electric cars and their batteries in Coventry – generating thousands of jobs and creating the UK’s first ‘smart city’.
WMG has been working for 15 years with industry to develop and prove new battery technologies and has close ties with JLR.
Warwick Manufacturing Group
Prof Lord Bhattacharyya, chairman of WMG said: “We are delighted to have been successful in the bid to create this new national battery facility here in the Midlands.

“Working with industry and the supply chain we will develop and expand battery R&D which will see the creation of skilled jobs and developments within the automotive sector.”

“Coventry and the sub region has a significant contribution to make in the delivery of the UK’s national industrial strategy, being in a strong position to lead the advancement of battery development, and vehicle electrification and autonomous vehicles.

“It will be at the heart of the drive to make the city a smart motor city.”

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JAGUAR SIGNS ON FOR HOPMAN CUP IN PERTH

Jaguar Australia have joined the Mastercard Hopman Cup as official motor vehicle partner in the tournament’s 30th year.

Globally, Jaguar has a strong relationship with Tennis, holding partnerships with Wimbledon and elite players including Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori. The Mastercard Hopman Cup is an exciting addition to Jaguar’s sponsorship portfolio, with its unique country versus country format capturing the attention of fans throughout Australia and the world.

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with the Mastercard Hopman Cup. We believe the tournament is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the Jaguar brand and extend Jaguar’s global footprint in tennis,” said Tim Krieger, General Manager – Communications and Public Relations, Jaguar Land Rover.

“Tennis is a perfect fit for Jaguar to align with. On the court, as it is on the road, performance is viewed as an art form to be admired.”

Jaguar will supply luxury and high performance vehicles to support tournament operations, ensuring players and officials arrive to the venue in both comfort and style, ready to perform on the court.

Mastercard Hopman Cup Tournament Director Paul Kilderry added: “We are very pleased to welcome Jaguar to the Mastercard Hopman Cup family.”

“Jaguar has a strong association with tennis around the world and this new partnership is particularly fitting given the Hopman Cup’s unique mixed teams format.

“To partner with an iconic luxury car maker like Jaguar emphasises the strength of the Mastercard Hopman Cup brand as one of Australia’s highest profile tennis events, and we look forward to working closely with the Jaguar team.”

Fans attending the Mastercard Hopman Cup will be able to engage with Jaguar via a series of activations aimed at bringing the public closer to the roar of tennis and offering an opportunity to view the growing range of Jaguar’s SUV’s, including an exclusive first opportunity for consumers to see the all new E-Pace on Australian soil.

The E-Pace will be officially revealed at the Mastercard Hopman Cup New Year’s Eve Gala and will be on display at the Jaguar marquee from 1 January until the end of the tournament. This will be the first time the vehicle will be on display in Australia. The E-Pace is set for release in Australia in March.

The Mastercard Hopman Cup will take place at Perth Arena from December 30 – January 6.

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E-PACE ACHIEVES FIVE-STAR EURO NCAP RATING

The new Jaguar E-PACE has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating that confirms the hotly anticipated vehicle as among the safest on the market.

Jaguar’s first compact SUV keeps everyone safe with high scores of 86% for adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupant protection and 77% for pedestrian protection.

The E-PACE scored maximum points in the side barrier, as well as in the side and the frontal offset tests for child occupants. In the pedestrian tests, E-PACE scored highly, particularly for the protection of a pedestrian’s head in the event of a collision.

E-PACE features a comprehensive suite of standard safety systems, including Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. The advanced technology is able to detect a collision risk with cars or pedestrians in the road ahead and automatically apply the brakes.

“Safety is one of our core customer principles and so we’re delighted the Jaguar E-PACE has been recognised by Euro NCAP for its five-star safety credentials. The E-PACE will bring new customers to the Jaguar brand, particularly young families, so safety is an absolute priority and clearly we’ve delivered here. Combined with outstanding design and driving dynamics, the E-PACE is every bit a modern Jaguar”

Nick Rogers, Director Group Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover

By pairing advanced crash protection with active safety systems, E-PACE helps prevent accidents while providing superior passenger safety in the event of a collision.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER HIGHLIGHTS THREE CATEGORIES WITHIN SVO

For the first time ever in North America, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) presented vehicles in each of its three unique categories (SVAutobiography, SVX and SVR) with the debut of the new
2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography, Land Rover Discovery SVX and 2018 Range Sport SVR. The vehicles debuted at an exclusive customer preview at HD in downtown Los Angeles one night before display at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.

The 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography epitomises the ultimate luxury driving while the Land Rover Discovery SVX showcases supreme off-road and unique design elements. Rounding out the SVO trio, the 2018 Range Sport SVR – which was showcased alongside the 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE SVR – outstanding on-road performance and handling.

John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said, “SVO creates vehicles of distinction. Special versions of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles that amplify characteristics of luxury, capability and performance. Our clients love the breadth of opportunities to own one a vehicle design, engineered and by SVO which also meets their precise lifestyle requirements.”

“SVO creates three distinct categories of special vehicles. SVAutobiography is the of peerless luxury, SVX is our new brand dedicated to all-action, all-terrain and SVR is the sign of thrilling performance in and Land Rover vehicles. We are proud to present a of exciting vehicles from SVO together in North America for the first time.”

With the Global Debut of the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography, Land Rover an unprecedented luxury SUV.

Showing the Jaguar SVO capabilities, the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR and Jaguar XE SV Project 8 were also showcased at the event, with the Project 8 announced tonight as the world’s fastest four-door sedan, following a production-intent prototype’s record lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director said, “Jaguar is a performance brand and the F-TYPE SVR and XE SV Project 8 are two of the most powerful Jaguar vehicles that we’ve ever produced – and with the Nürburgring record we’re proud to have the fastest sedan in the world! Working with our Special Vehicle Operations team, we’re able to turn up the performance of our Jaguar vehicles to another level.”

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FOR THE TWR TEAM GUYS WHO MADE TWR JAGUAR SO SUCCESSFUL – WHERE ARE YOU NOW?

I know a lot of the TWR Engineers I met back in the days when Jaguar won Spa, Bathurst, Le Mans, Daytona, two World Sportscar Championships and more are members of our Facebook family, and recently they have been having a bit of reunion on social media on their own site.

I have therefore scanned a load of photos I took then, have in the Jaguar Magazine archive, and highlight those blokes at the pointy end who were mostly ignored by printed media as it was back then.  The late Andrew Whyte was a mentor, and he loved to feature those vitally important people.

So here they are – from Bathurst in 1985 and most of the way through into the 90s.

Can you identify team members from these shots which include the amazing Le Mans wins in 1988 and 1990?

Great times indeed and they need to be matched again – Le Mans is IT for Jaguar.  I love the thought of electric power where ever that takes racing – but it is about Le Mans – the race.

Go right to the end of this post to see all the pics.

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