I-PACE LAPS THE FAMED MONACO CIRCUIT

Jaguar has taken to the Monaco Grand Prix circuit to showcase the performance and handling of its first battery electric vehicle (BEV), the Jaguar I-PACE.

Boasting 394hp and 512lb-ft of torque from its twin electric motors, the I-PACE takes just 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0-60mph (4.8 seconds from 0-100km/h)2. Monaco’s iconic harbor layout was the perfect venue for the performance SUV’s late-night test, with its combination of technical straights, tight twists and turns.

Watch the lap https://youtu.be/iYcYddjvX1I

Unveiled on March 1 and available to order now, the I-PACE has a 90kWh lithium-ion battery with an estimated range of 240 miles3, and is capable of charging from zero to 80 percent in as little as 40 minutes using a100kW DC fast charger4.

The production I-PACE was developed using learnings from the Panasonic Jaguar Racing FIA Formula E Championship team; building on this, Jaguar has created the world’s first production battery electric vehicle race series using a circuit-ready version called the I-PACE eTROPHY.

Coinciding with season five of the Formula E Championship over the 2018/2019 race calendar, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations division will supply up to 20 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race cars for the unique series.

Perhaps best known for its motorsport history, in the past few years the Principality of Monaco has become a leader in sustainability as well; making significant investments in renewable energy, proliferation of electric bike and car sharing schemes for residents, as well as its stringent monitoring of air quality.

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JAGUARS AND LAND ROVERS AT THE AUSTRALIAN F1 GP

Jaguar’s impressive Art of Performance Tour is returning to the Formula 1 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne’s opening round of the world championship, from March 22-25.

The F-TYPE Supersprint and Jaguar Ice Cube will highlight the performance and handling capabilities of Jaguar’s cars at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit while giving car lovers a chance to experience it first-hand.

The Formula 1 ® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix is the first appearance in Australia of Jaguar’s stunning new E-PACE compact SUV and will be the first time E-PACE and its bigger F- PACE stablemate will be together in public.

Both cars will not only be part of Jaguar’s Formula 1 ® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix vehicle display but also run hot laps of the 560-metre F-TYPE Supersprint circuit and demonstrate their agility on the incredible Ice Cube.

On the fast and exciting Supersprint track professional drivers will demonstrate the cars’ impressive performance while passengers experience true seat-of-the-pants excitement.

Fans can also take a ride over the daunting Ice Cube, experiencing another Jaguar dimension as technology, in the form of Jaguar’s impressive All-Surface Progress Control system, blends with the poise and balance of chassis engineering, allowing drivers faced with a steep and slippery incline to simply select vehicle speed, take their feet off the pedals and let the cars ascend and descend autonomously.

Kevin Nicholls, Jaguar Land Rover Australia’s Marketing Director, said the company is delighted to be sharing the exhilaration and excitement of Jaguar cars with motor sport fans in Melbourne.

“Jaguar is a brand that embodies design, innovation and performance. The F-TYPE Supersprint and Jaguar Ice Cube, gives us the perfect opportunity to let fans and enthusiasts experience the cars first-hand, and truly demonstrate what we call Jaguar’s special “Art of Performance”, Mr Nicholls said.

“We are also pleased that we will be able to publicly showcase the all-new E-PACE compact SUV which launches in Australia this month and joins it’s larger F-PACE sibling, providing Jaguar with a dynamic product range that truly has something for everyone.

Land Rover will also put its SUV range through its paces at the Formula 1 ® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, demonstrating its class-leading off-road handling capabilities on the exciting Twin Terrapod, a mechanical hill simulator.

Passengers on the off-road simulator are taken up a steep climb to a height of six meres before dropping back to ground level, achieving impressive climb and descent angles of between 43 and 48 degrees.

Jaguar’s Art of Performance will be located on Aquatic Drive, on the circuit’s western side between turns five and six. A wide range of Jaguar vehicles, including the new E-PACE, will be on display at Champions Gateway. The Jaguar Ice Cube and Land Rover Twin Terrapod will be located in Legends Lane.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER SVO BOSS IS QUITTING

Boss of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is set to leave the business at the end of June 2018.

John Edwards, managing director of special operations, has led the division since its launch in 2014 and will be succeeded by Michael van der Sande, currently managing director of Alpine, Renault Group’s sports car division.

Van der Sande has previously held senior roles at Aston Martin, Tesla and Harley-Davidson.

Edwards said: “These crucial new appointments put Jaguar Land Rover special operations in excellent shape for the future.

“Our special vehicle operations, bespoke and classic businesses are strategically important for the entire business and I am confident the new recruits will bring fresh thinking and new direction, building on what we have achieved and taking us onwards and upwards.”

Chief executive Ralf Speth added: “John Edwards will be sorely missed. He has been a remarkable leader, serving Jaguar Land Rover with distinction for 27 years and most recently building special operations into a business we are proud of.

“John has been instrumental in the formation and success of Jaguar Land Rover Classic and has led the team behind our world-beating SVR and SVAutobiography models – cars that our most discerning customers love.

“We are extremely grateful to John for his immense contribution and wish him all the very best for the future. On behalf of the board I thank him for his efforts and significant achievements.”

Van der Sande said: “In just four years special operations has established itself as a force in the automotive world with outstanding cars such as the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR and Range Rover SV Coupé, coupled with the revitalisation of the Classic business and continuation models such as the Jaguar XKSS.

“These are exceptional achievements and I relish the opportunity to lead the team behind these achievements to even greater success.”

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MITCH EVAN TARGETTING FOR WIN FOR PANASONIC JAGUAR – Autosport

Mitch Evans has targeted scoring Jaguar’s first Formula E victory after a charging drive in last weekend’s Punta del Este race.

Evans finished fourth after being demoted to 16th on the grid for an incorrect weight distribution on one of his cars, which followed a battery change between the two practice sessions in Uruguay.

He eventually finished just four seconds off the lead after battling his way up the order.

“The new battery was 3kg lighter but it was a 300g thing [that led to the incorrect weight distribution],” Evans, who scored Jaguar’s only Formula E podium to date at the Hong Kong season opener, told Autosport.

“It wasn’t an advantage but the rules are the rules, and I respect the stewards being consistent with it. We can’t argue with it – that’s the way it rolls.

“We had a good fast car, and I’m happy to be heading to the next few races hopefully in a position to fight for the win.

“I heard just before the drivers’ parade that we were disqualified, which is never something you want to hear after a good qualifying.

“Starting 16th wasn’t anywhere near where we should have been – obviously we weren’t within the rules, but not intentionally so. It was a very small margin.”

The race featured a tense battle for victory between Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi, but the only lead change occurred when the frontrunners came in to pit and were briefly passed by cars running a longer first stint.

But Evans made up 12 positions on his charge, which included a dramatic swoop on Mahindra driver Felix Rosenqvist for what turned out to be fourth at the track’s high-speed Turn 13 right-hander.

When asked if he expected to get as far as he did, Evans said: “Not today, to be honest.

“Other circuits are easier to pass on, such as Santiago and maybe Mexico. It was tricky so I wasn’t expecting a top-four finish.

“But when the car’s quick, and I think I gelled well with the circuit, you can really make some good progress and that’s what we were able to achieve today.

“Obviously the guys at the front, the speed difference is very small. And we all know that JEV is one of the hardest guys to pass.”

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HEADS UP FOR THE NEXT EDITION – ONE OF THE LAST 50 E-TYPES AND MODDED BY EAGLE

We know that the price of E-Types of any sort have gone through the roof worldwide in the past five years – and continue to rise.

Every one is special and individual, but the V12 Roadster we feature in edition #192 is a genuine ‘bobby dazzler’!

We highlight it over six pages because it is not just stunningly presented, having been worked over by Eagle in England (who deliver all sorts of exciting modified E-Types) – but this is one of the final 50 E-Types built, most of which were black with a commemorative numbers plaque.  Then, as mentioned, it has been subtly breathed on by Eagle to make it an even finer road car.

It is there in the magazine and is a joy to behold.

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