F-TYPE GOES FULL-ON LISTER THUNDER

British specialist sports car maker – The Lister Motor Company – is next month set to reveal the fastest, most powerful and luxurious car it has ever built in the legendary Cambridgeshire marque’s 65-year history, with the launch of the Lister Thunder.

The Thunder will be unveiled exclusively next month at Historic Motorsport International, staged at London’s ExCeL, from 15th-18th of February, where full details of this exciting new limited-production Lister supercar for the 21st Century will be revealed.

To whet the appetite of all true petrol heads, Lister can reveal that the aptly-named Thunder will have a top speed in excess of 200mph, with a blistering 0-62mph acceleration in just over three seconds, and a storming 666 bhp! Potential Lister Thunder buyers will need to be just as quick off the mark, as just 99 examples of this desirable new model will be built, with prices starting at £139,950.

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I-PACE FIRST REVIEW EVER – IT’S BALLISTIC – AND A ‘GAME CHANGER’!!!

Coincidentally, having just mentioned Peter Lehrke and the Jaguar Land Rover Experience On Ice – the Sun’s Motoring Editor Nick Francis has become one of the few non-factory people in the world to drive the all-electric I-Pace, and he has done that at the same facility in Sweden!!!  He reported today:

The discovery of penicillin was a game-changer.

So was the cut loaf. And the invention of the internet.

But lactose-free milk? Not a game-changer. Neither is Bitcoin. And the film La La Land changed nothing other than my opinion of the once-cool Ryan Gosling. If you want to see what a game-changer looks like, have a look at these photos.

This is the Jaguar I-Pace — and I am lucky enough to be one of the first journalists on the planet to drive it.

Let me tell you now, it’s the car that will convince you to go electric. You don’t want to buy an EV because you’re worried it won’t have a long enough range, right? The I-Pace will manage 300 miles per charge, we’re assured.

You worry EVs are slow and sluggish. The I-Pace thumps out 0-62mph in four seconds. So far EVs tend to be small and impractical for big families, but the I-Pace is an SUV that can hold five and a load of junk in the boot.

The cherry on the top is the fact it looks as fit as a butcher’s dog.

In the frozen wastelands of Arjeplog in Sweden — a yawning expanse of iced-over lakes and snow-coated highways — Jaguar has been punishing the I-Pace with cold-weather testing. That’s where I headed to drive through snowdrifts, spending as much time going sideways as possible.

I still can’t comment on how it will behave on roads. But I can assure you the I-Pace has all the fizz and excitement of a petrol-powered sports car.

Its firm footedness, even with traction control dialled back, was staggering, especially considering I was driving on 10ft-thick ice. That’s partly thanks to an almost exactly 50/50 weight distribution, achieved by running the 90kWh battery along the entire bottom of the car, starting at the A pillar and ending at the C pillar.

All that weight on its belly means the I-Pace has a very low centre of gravity, which equals faster lap times and safer handling. Jaguar knows battery range anxiety and lack of charging points are the biggest factors in putting people off making the switch to electric.

And even though the claimed 300 miles is healthy for an EV, it has introduced cool tech which will soothe long-journey nerves.

Although tight-lipped on what the system will be called, Jag says the I-Pace will calculate whether you can get to and from your destination without charging.

That means you’ll never get somewhere only to find you can’t reach a charging station. Jaguar announced this week the I-Pace will charge in 45 minutes on a rapid charge setting. The EV race is charging up. It is a new and uncharted market.

Audi is readying to launch a solid rival — the E-Tron Quattro — and an all-electric Mini is currently in its testing phase, launching in 2019.

A motoring press officer’s job is not always an easy one. Even when it’s a dog of a car they have to convince the room, and themselves, it isn’t an ugly bag of spanners.

I’ll leave you with a fun fact. I searched for all the times I’ve ever used “game-changer” in this column.

I used it once before — last May, writing about the Jaguar I-Pace.

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HOW ABOUT THIS – WELL DONE PETER LEHRKE

Peter Lerke is a long time friend to Jaguar Magazine and a dedicated Jaguar owner of classics including a Mk2 and a new F-Type.

He is a Brisbane boy too, but instead of the semi-tropical sun and summer weather, he opted to fly to Sweden via London to become a member of the Jaguar Land Rover Experience – on ice!

He is loving it seemingly, and enjoyed the F-Pace and Velars although he added it gets dark at 3.30pm!

Enjoy yourself Pete – I am envious

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER THE LARGEST AUTO MAKER IN BRITAIN

Jaguar Land Rover has been named the largest automotive vehicle and engine manufacturer in the UK in 2017. The British company produced 532,107 vehicles, a 2.3 per cent fall from a record high in 2016, at its three plants in Birmingham and Liverpool. It also produced 305,907 clean Ingenium engines in Wolverhampton.

The news comes as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that annual UK car production has fallen for the first time, having reached a 17-year high in 2016.

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are proud to strengthen our position as Britain’s number one car manufacturer.

“However, the car industry is facing a number of challenges that are undoubtedly impacting consumer confidence, particularly in the UK. Jaguar Land Rover must become as lean and fit as possible so that we can continue to invest in our autonomous, connected and electrified future.”

More than £4bn has been spent on the company’s vehicle and engine plants since 2010, bringing six all-new nameplates and two ultra-clean Ingenium engines to the market.

In the last fiscal year alone investment stood at £400m to support the introduction of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake and Range Rover Velar. Plants also gained significant manufacturing technology and upgraded facilities to support continuous improvement.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR SET TO RAMPAGE IN SANTIAGO, CHILE THIS WEEKEND

Panasonic Jaguar Racing will mark a new chapter in ABB FIA Formula E history when Chile hosts the all-electric street racing series for the first time in Santiago on 3 February.
The technical 1.53-mile track will wind its way through Santiago’s vibrant city centre. Starting on the Avenue Santa Maria, drivers will cross the Mapocho river and, speed through the Plazza Baquedano at up to 225kph before finishing among the trees in the Parque Forestal.
In race three in Marrakesh Nelson Piquet Jr claimed the VISA Fastest Lap in the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 securing a valuable extra point for the British team. Following a rapid car change, Nelson managed his energy effectively in the second half of the race, crossing the line in fourth position for the second time this season.
After three races, Nelson Piquet Jr and Mitch Evans are in the top ten of the driver standings, with Nelson fourth and Mitch eighth. Panasonic Jaguar Racing are currently fourth in the team standings – their highest position since joining the Championship.
Nelson Piquet Jr, #3: “It’s great to head back to South America. The course looks really technical and we have spent a lot of time on the simulator preparing for the new track. In Hong Kong and Marrakesh we had positive results and hopefully I can
continue to make progress and get to the front of grid. I adapt quickly to new tracks so I am looking forward to getting the most out of my electric Jaguar racecar.”
Mitch Evans, #20: “It’s always exciting going to new venues, and it’s one of the great things about the Championships. We get to race in some of the coolest cities in the world and the challenge of a new circuit is one I look forward to. The Jaguar I-TYPE 2 is suited to tracks like this. We are going through all the data from Marrakesh, so I’m hopeful that will give me an edge in the next race.”
As momentum builds ahead of the launch of Jaguar’s first all-electric battery-powered car, the Jaguar I-PACE performance SUV, the introduction of Formula E to Chile will help promote electrification to consumers and increase awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles in a new market.

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