JAGUAR LAND ROVER AIM TO IMPROVE PETROL ENGINE ECONOMY BY 5% – AUTOCAR

A UK project aimed at recovering energy from waste exhaust heat could improve fuel consumption of internal combustion engines by 5%.

The initiative, which has £2 million of government funding, is called VIPER2 (Vehicle Integrated Powertrain Energy Recovery) and is led by Jaguar Land Rover. Other participants include Ford, European Thermodynamics and Nottingham University.

The target of the project is to recover a peak of 300 watts of electrical energy from a petrol engine being put through the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle. The recovered energy can then be used to drive the ancillaries or a hybrid motor. A key element of the project is a thermoelectric generator (TEG) mounted in the exhaust system downstream of the catalytic converter. Petrol engines convert only around 35% of the fuel they burn into mechanical energy. Most of the rest of the energy contained in the fuel is consumed by heat and frictional losses, while some of the energy contained in expanding hot exhaust gases is used to drive turbochargers or heat catalytic converters and particulate filters. The rest exits via the exhaust pipe or is absorbed by the car’s cooling system and radiated to the atmosphere.

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NEXT F-TYPE SPORTS TO BE ALL-ELECTRIC – WHEELS

A top-secret project currently underway at Jaguar’s design and engineering centre in Gaydon will see petrol engines dropped altogether for the radical all-electric Jaguar F-Type replacement due as early as 2021 or 2022.

Despite the lack of internal combustion, the futuristic Jaguar two-door sports car will be the fastest car ever to wear the leaper badge courtesy of electric motors and a bespoke new architecture tailored to take advantage of the design freedoms offered when a traditional drivetrain is not part of the equation.  The bold decision to drop petrol engines is in line with Jaguar Land Rover’s promise of ensuring every model features some form of electrification by 2020.

While JLR chief Ralf Speth has admitted internal combustion engines will be around for a long time yet, it’s understood he saw too many compromises in designing a compact sports car to accommodate bulky internal combustion engines as well as electric motors and batteries.

The move to target the heartland of Jaguar – sports cars – is also a bold step to separate Jaguar from its predominantly German competition by taking a leading position with a flagship EV performance car.  Combined with the early-2017 announcement of the Jaguar i-Pace electric SUV, it was that electric E-Type that prompted a months-long Wheels investigation that unearthed the top-secret project.

Sources closely aligned with the program have confirmed the company is deep in development of the all-electric F-Type replacement, which could get a different name to signify its leap from tradition to cutting-edge EV technology.

The all-electric sports car is being developed alongside the i-Pace.

It uses two electric motors and a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can reach 80 percent charge in 90 minutes. As with Teslas, acceleration will be a big part of the i-Pace sales pitch, with the SUV claimed to be able to hit 100km/h in four seconds.

But the new F-Type will boost that performance further, with a line-up likely to include rear-drive and all-paw variants.

Entry-level cars will stick with a rear-drive setup, while more expensive models will run electric motors at both ends, delivering drive to front and rear wheels.

It’s the AWD version that aims to reset the two-seater performance benchmark for Jaguar, with early internal targets nominating a sub-3.0 second 0-100km/h time.

While engineers are excited by the relatively easy performance promised by electric motors, developing the personality of the car will rely heavily on the design team, led by Ian Callum.

While there will be lessons learned from the i-Pace, the all-new electric sports coupe will sit on a unique architecture tailored to a sports car featuring a low seating position.
Those sporty requirements have so far challenged Callum and his team – especially with the inherent focus on light weight – and mean the car will be a vast visual leap from the F-Type, the XK and the E-Type, each of which had a prodigious bonnet to house V8 and/or V12 engines.

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71% OF BRITISH OWNERS WANT TO DRIVE THEIR CARS …

With the recent announcements about investment in driverless cars there is one automotive manufacturer which thinks differently.

Mazda research carried out by Ipsos MORI reveals that the joy of driving is alive and well in the UK, with 71% of people surveyed saying they would still want to drive, even with self-driving technology available, whilst only 29% actively welcome the arrival of autonomous vehicles.

Mazda believes driving is a skill that people want to keep, it is an activity that can be fun as well as functional and many would like to see this skill retained for future generations.

The Mazda view is that autonomous driving technology should act as a co-pilot, available when needed to avoid accidents, but with the driver in control of the driving process allowing the pure exhilaration of driving and the freedom it represents to be experienced by our customers.

The research – which was commissioned as part of Mazda’s Drive Together campaign –polled 11,008 adults across key European markets, including 1,002 in the UK, and reveals that across those countries an average of 66% of drivers wanted to remain behind the wheel even if self-driving cars become widely available.

Interestingly, there is no evidence of greater support for self-driving cars in younger age groups across Europe: for example 18-24 year olds (33%) were no more likely to welcome self-driving cars than 25-34 year olds (36%) or 35-44 year olds (34%).

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EDITION #190 AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL AT MAGZTER

Give us a few hours from the time I post this, but when that happens the newest digital edition of Jaguar Magazine is available for your reading at Magzter.

As always, it is chock a block full of stories and features exclusive to this magazine and is ideal for festive season reading and enjoyment.

If you subscribe to our hardcopy or buy it in the shops, it will be in the mail early next week.

You can look forward to:

Could the XJ13 have won a sixth Le Mans for Jaguar in the mid to late 60s, especially against the Ford GT40 and Ferraris?  

 

The V12 E-Type materialised in 1971 and surprised many not just because it was a new E-Type, but because it introduced a brand new sophisticated Jaguar engine when it had only had one since 1951.  A tiny number of development Series 2 FHCs were converted into prototype V12 Series 3s – and also XK engined Series 3s! 

 

The XJ40 – to the origins by speaking with some of those who created it, and finding the only Scottish media launch XJ40 which has survived.

 

A long lost XK150 has which has been one family ownership for nearly 60 years has been found.

 

Larry Perkins finished 4th driving a Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9LM at Le Mans in that magnificent 1988 Jaguar victory year.  We were there for the race, got into all the right places and present exclusive images of Larry, the team, the cars and the race.

… and that is just the start of what is in edition #190.

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