PANASONIC JAGUAR FORMULA E SEASON STARTS THIS WEEKEND

Panasonic Jaguar Racing are heading to Hong Kong for the start of their second season in the FIA Formula E Championship. The season opener takes place on 2 – 3 December in Asia’s first ever double-header race weekend and will be the first-time drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Mitch Evans line up on the grid together in the new British team.

At the Hong Kong E-Prix drivers will complete 45 laps of the 1.86km street race circuit in the new Jaguar I-TYPE 2 on city’s iconic Harbour front. With ten turns and two hairpin bends, Panasonic Jaguar Racing are ready to electrify the city’s streets.

This season, Panasonic Jaguar Racing have developed a new powertrain, with more than 200 new parts in the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 to produce a more efficient package using high strength lightweight materials. Taking in all the learnings and technical advancements from season three, the team believe these will have a positive impact on their performance.  For this season, the race power level increases to 180kwh making the cars even faster.

James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director, said: “We are very excited to kick off our second season in Formula E and it’s great to be back on the grid in such an iconic city.

“As we race to innovate, we have taken a great deal of learnings from our first season and the team have worked extremely hard to make sure that we have the most competitive powertrain possible for the season ahead. Alongside the improvements on the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, we welcome Nelson to our new driver line-up – all of which, we hope, will help us to be regularly competing for points.”

Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s newest driver, Nelson Piquet Jr, who took Pole Position honours at the inaugural Hong Kong E-Prix in 2016, said: “Joining Panasonic Jaguar Racing is a great move for me, and it’s been fantastic learning how this new team operates. I’m working closely with everyone to draw on my experience in Formula E and push us to the next level.

“As the series becomes more competitive, I wanted to join Jaguar to give myself the best chance of success. We won’t know until we are on the grid how much the other teams have progressed and what the true capabilities of the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 are, so I’m looking forward to getting started and giving it my very best.

Mitch Evans, who has been confirmed for a second season with Panasonic Jaguar Racing, said: “The competition this season will be stronger than ever, but the work that the team have put in will help push us further up the grid.

“I had a really good first season as a rookie in the championship so I’m very excited for my second season with Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Nelson and I are already working together to grow as a team so bring on Hong Kong.”

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E-PACE ‘SUV OF THE YEAR’ – TOP GEAR

The new Jaguar E-PACE has been awarded BBC TopGear Magazine’s 2017 ‘Crossover of the Year’ in one of motoring’s toughest categories.

The Crossover sector is the fastest growing and toughest sales market in motoring with every manufacturer vying for customers.

TopGear’s expert judges crowned the E-PACE top of the pile and highlighted its outstanding design saying: “The design sells the E-PACE at 50 paces” and “Even if the E-PACE didn’t out-drive or out-ambience its rivals, it would out-want everything”.

Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with TopGear’s recognition of the new E-PACE so soon after its launch. The E-PACE brings an unmistakable extra character to the Compact Crossover sector – it’s a Jaguar with sports car looks, designed for the whole family. It has an incredible package of practicality geared for everyday life, but it’s also lots of fun to drive.”

The exterior design of the E-PACE was inspired by the F-TYPE sports car, characterised by the distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhands and powerful haunches.

It also comes with the latest in car connectivity, including a 10-inch touch screen as standard. At under 4.4 metres the E-PACE has exceptional interior space and can seat five in comfort.

The E-PACE joins the World Car of the Year F-PACE in Jaguar’s growing line-up of SUVs that will be joined in 2018 by the all-electric I-PACE.

Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director said: “We are honoured by TopGear Magazine’s recognition of the new Jaguar E-PACE and believe it will be a hit with UK buyers too. Its combination of sports car looks with a practical, spacious and connected package as well as strong residual values make it the perfect vehicle for the next generation of Jaguar owners.”

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SHANNON’S IAN CUMMINS ESTATE AUCTION RESULTS

The late and very great Ian Cummins would have been impressed with the results of the Shannons Auction tonight in Melbourne of part of his massive personal car and model car collection.

He would have been especially delighted that his 1966 Series E-Type Fixed head Coupe E-Type was sold to a buyer in his home city of Griffith in the Riverina for $206,000.

Unfortunately, the delightful Austin Swallow was passed in at $34,000.

We will have a full report in our next edition, but other highlights included a delightful 3.4 Litre ‘Mk1’ saloon which sold for $74,000, a Series 2 E-Type Roadster which found a new home at $202,000  and his replica C-Type went at $222,000.

His personal perfect D-Type clone, which I believe is the best reproduction in the world, failed to sell for $660,000.

Outside of Ian’s cars, a lovely 1994 XJ-R supercharged saloon, one of our very favourite modern Jaguar classics sold for a very impressive $30,000,

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AUCTION TONIGHT OF IAN CUMMINS JAGUARS AND MUSTANGS

Tonight Shannons in Melbourne is selling the majority of the brilliant collection of the late-Ian Cummins.

It includes one of his world’s-best D-Type clones, his replica D-Type, Mk1 and XK150.  Ian was curator of the Donington Collection during the late 1970s.

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SPY SHOTS OF THE COMING V8 SUPERCHARGED F-PACE SVR – Autoevolution

This is the F-Pace SVR, the craziest crossover ever made by British automakers.  The expected output of this car is around 570 HP, and with a supercharger, that means a lot more cooling and air induction are needed.
Our latest spyshots show the SVR’s massive air intakes, which seem to occupy at least half of the front end. But this is to be expected. Jaguar fitted a similar engine in the XE Project 8 and said the cooling needs of the car are immense. Remember, unlike a turbocharger, the supercharger sucks up power from the engine, about 200 hp at max revs in this case.

It might seem like an odd car, but almost every premium automaker is trying to figure out what to sell in this part of the market. There’s already a 510 HPMercedes-AMG GLC 63 S and the twin-turbo V6 Manca Turbo and Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV. Soo, Audi will launch the RS Q5, and BMW will introduce the X3 M, powered by a similar inline-6 to the one in the M3.

The Jaguar’s 570+ hp and 700 Nm of torque should allow for a 0 to 100 km/h time of .2 seconds and a top speed of more than 300 km/h.

The F-Pace SVR prototype looks nearly ready for production underneath all that camouflage. Knowing Jaguar, it could be looking to unveil the car at the LA Auto Show soon. If not, then it will definitely show at in Detroit.

The design is, as you can see, similar to the F-Pace SVR. Besides the extra-large intakes, you might also notice a similarly placed set of quad exhaust tips. They’ve even added a trunk spoiler, lowered suspension and probably some eye-catching paint that isn’t available on the regular F-Pace. Expect to pay at least $80,000 for this super-fast leaper.

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