PANASONIC JAGUAR SET TO RACE ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK

Panasonic Jaguar Racing geared up for final rounds of the 17/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season taking place in Brooklyn, New York this July, by making a visit to the Big Apple this week.

Team Director James Barclay visited the city to host a lunch for 60 members of the International Motor Press Association (IMPA); sharing the latest on the team’s performance this season and how learnings from the race series help Jaguar develop road car technology for an electrified future.

When the Jaguar I-PACE goes on sale later this year, the brand will be the first to have both a Formula E race team and a road going production EV available to consumers.

Throughout its development the Jaguar I-PACE has benefitted from learnings born from the Formula E race team. The technology exchange between the Panasonic Jaguar Racing and Jaguar Land Rover engineers helped accelerate the development of the I-PACE and of future electric Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, particularly in the areas of powertrain performance and efficiency; software and controls; battery management – both efficiency, thermal management and regeneration; transmission design and durability; and development of lightweight materials.

Unique to each vehicle, both the Jaguar I-PACE and the I-TYPE 2 Formula E race car use shared technologies for their bespoke parts; similarities include the use of high-efficiency permanent magnet electric motors and pouch battery cell technology for maximum powertrain performance.

“We are developing the next generation of EV technology on the race track. This is why we race,” said James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director. “Formula E racing provides an ideal performance test bed for EV technology in a punishing, high-performance environment. It is incredibly exciting for the team to be a part of this revolutionary engineering exchange. We’re looking forward to finishing off our second season in New York City next month, a year which has seen us go from strength to strength.”

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric racing series. The final rounds of the 17/18 season will take place July 14-15, 2018 on a unique purpose-built 1.21 mile street course in Red Hook, Brooklyn around Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal with the iconic New York City backdrop.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing will go into the New York race in fifth place, with drivers Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr. behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 race car looking to finish the year on a high.

For tickets and information about the Qualcomm New York City ePrix, as well as other Formula E races, visit www.fiaformulae.com.

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LATEST EDITION IS NOW PUBLISHED

The latest edition (#193) of Jaguar Magazine is now published in digital form on the Magzter platform (link is below), and the hard copy magazine will be printed by the end of this week for subscribers, club members and those who buy it in shops.

It is another huge edition with a widespread range of features from the present day, going back into Jaguar’s deep history.

Features include:

CUBA

The surprising story of how three D-Types and two XK-SSs raced in Cuba and were owned there – even after the Revolution in 1959.  It is filled with surprises.

E-PACE AND EVOQUE

We test both the brand new Jaguar E-Pace and Range Rover Evoque in their highest specifications, and conduct a back-to-back comparison.  Which will we, or you, prefer?

30 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST JAGUAR V12 LE MANS WIN

Hard to believe, but right now it is exactly 30 years since Tom Walkinshaw Racing took Jaguar to its first Le Mans victory since 1957.  We examine that legendary win and not from the angle of a race report.  We were there for the win, and in the pits.  There is much more to tell from the inside because TWR had three cars run by their European team and two by their new US stable.  The politics and untold stories were intriguing.

CLIFF RUDDELL – THE JAGUAR DESIGNER WHO MADE THE SECRETS

Cliff Ruddell was apprenticed to Jaguar as an engineer but became one of its head designers.  He worked under Sir William Lyons and Sir John Egan, and for the first time tells all the stories about abandoned plans, lost models and how the successes were achieved.  His self-penned story is intriguing and historic.

JAGUAR NATIONAL RALLY

The most important enthusiast Jaguar event of the year it is reported by the highly qualified Wandy McIntyre-Leake with superb images by Terry McGrath.

GALA CONCOURS IN FLORIDA

Sharon and Allen Spurlin are our life-lines in the US, and they took themselves to the spectacular JCNA eventstaged by the Jaguar Club of Florida.  Their report includes very personal stories of ownership and great images.

That is just the start – there much more in edition #193.  It comes with the highest quality in editorial and printing terms.

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JAGUAR SETS NEW ELECTRIC WATER SPEED RECORD

Jaguar is serious about electricity. It’s beaten all the premium German brands to market with an all-electric car, the I-Pace, and beaten most of them into acquiring that other must-have for car firms eager to highlight their environmental commitments, a Formula E team.

Now it can chalk up another success. It’s just captured the electric water speed record. In partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, the Jaguar Vector crew has taken the electric record to 88.61mph.

Based around a Formula 1 inshore powerboat, Jaguar Vector stripped it back and inserted 320kg of batteries in the frame and a pair of Yasa electric motors into the rear housing. With learning and technology taken direct from the Formula E project, the V20E boat develops 295bhp.

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WHEN HISTORIC RACING CARS WERE’NT OVERLY SPECIAL …

Okay, it was Sudley Castle in 1976 and the event was th JDC’s XK Day.

That’s 42 years ago and Duncan Hamilton was the guest who presented awards.  Ian Cummins from Sydney was there finding suppliers from whom to purchase parts in order to restore his D-Type XKD510 which had been broken in half by a tree in a fatal racing accident.  It wasn’t the first one for that car either.

It fact that was the day ‘experts’ in England told him he couldn’t possibly restore a D-Type correctly in far off Australia.  Well, that ‘colonial’ showed ’em, and aside from restoring a number of D-Types (his C-Type XKC037 previously) he built perfect replicas which today are sometimes today being passed as genuine factory-built machines in the UK.

As for historic racing sports cars on display then, they were still pretty exciting, but not to everyone.

That day when there was a row of brand new XJ-Ss, a model most had never seen before, there was two rows of ex-racers – which 90% of the crowd only paid a passing glance to.

The first is a well known Rally XK120 from the early 1950s, the next is the ex-Ecurie Ecosse XK120 of Sir James Scott-Douglas, next to it is the former Ecurie Ecosse C-Type XKC042 (which was living in Australia in the early 1990s), and the D-Type is XKD527 which was owned then by Nigel Dawes having been sold new in the US.

There is also a C-Type and D-Type behind – but the majority of spectators continued viewing XK120s, 140s and ‘150s …

Today you are looking a many millions for any genuine C or D-Type, and probably also the Ecurie Ecosse XK120.

If only we had the hindsight, and money, back then …  but that’s the story of my life and many others too!

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SPECTACULAR VIDOES ADDED TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The I-Pace is out and about.  For the first time it is being driven by the world’s motoring media in Portugal and we have it on our Youtube channel Jaguar Magazine.

Then there is also the sensational XE based Project 8 road-racer at the legendary Nurburgring in Germany.

It’s there too so just go to YouTube and enter Jaguar Magazine.

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