I-PACE VOTED ‘GAME CHANGER’ – AUTOCAR

The Jaguar I-PACE has been named as a ‘Game Changer’ at the Autocar Awards 2018 for “defying conventions and turning the established order on its head”. The all-electric I-PACE is fitted with a state-of-the-art 90kWh Lithium-ion battery, two Jaguar-designed in-house motors and a bespoke aluminum structure for 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and a range of 298 miles (WLTP).

The Jaguar I-PACE is the electric vehicle drivers have been waiting for. Clean, smart and safe, the I-PACE delivers sustainable sports car performance, next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) technology and five-seat SUV practicality to place Jaguar at the forefront of the EV revolution.

Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar said: “The Jaguar I-PACE is truly ground-breaking in its design and technology, and provides the blueprint for the future of the British car industry. It challenges every single convention associated with its maker, from its power source to its design and proportions – and on first acquaintance, it’s also been excellent to drive.”

Presented at an event in the Silverstone Wing, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD Jeremy Hicks received the award from the Autocar editorial team.

Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design said:“I’m extremely grateful to the team at Autocar for this ‘Game Changer’ award; it’s a fitting recognition of the years of hard work from our exceptionally talented team of engineers and designers. In the I-PACE, we’ve created something that looks like a Jaguar, drives like a Jaguar and exudes all the quality of Jaguar, but with one of the most advanced zero-emissions powertrains ever fitted to a production car. For us, it’s a sign of things to come, and the shining light in our future strategy – a game-changer through and through.”

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A ‘PEARLER’ OF AN EDITION COMING NEXT – D-TYPES RACING IN CUBA, 30 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST V12 WIN AT LE MANS AND EVOQUE VERSUS E-PACE …

We have never done a back-to-back comparison, but in edition #193 we put the new E-Pace up against the established Range Rover Evoque in a one-on-one shootout.  They are siblings, and the model specs are the same – so what do we conclude?

Remember TWR winning Le Mans for Jaguar in 1988 for the first Jaguar-time since 1957?  Well, we were there with our cameras, and now we present the behind the scenes story about how the UK and US legs of TWR blended, and all of the insights you probably don’t know.  It is history rewritten.

… and how about D-Types, and XK-SS racing in Cuba?  Did you know that occurred even after Castro’s revolutionary overthrow of the corrupt Batista government?  You will be amazed that one very rich Cuban had three D-Types in less than 12 months.  It is all there to discover.

Then there is the story of Cliff Ruddell who you probably won’t know, but who had a big hand in probably designing the Jaguars you own or admire immediately post-Sir William Lyons.

The MkX saloon has been under-rated – but it is back in this edition – while Graham Gauld has been to Classic Le Mans and found four rare Cooper Jaguar sports racing cars.

… and there is heaps and heaps more.

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MATTHEW WIESNER LEAVING JAGUAR LAND ROVER

We were very saddened with the news today via Car Advice that Jaguar and Land Rover Managing Director in Australia, Matthew Wiesner, is quitting the company.

He stepped down today down from the role after four years.  We admired his dedication to the marques and appreciate the support and friendship he afford us at Jaguar Magazine

No replacement is currently lined up, but the current JLR Australia finance director, Janice Perich, will step up and act as managing director during the search.

“We would like to thank Matthew for his efforts and leadership of the Australian business through a period of growth and development over the last 4 years and wish him well in his future pursuits,” Jaguar Land Rover said in a statement.

Wiesner was a vocal advocate for stronger leadership on electric vehicles from the Australian Government during his time in charge – unsurprising, given Jaguar is readying the I-Pace for launch locally.

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SPECIAL BODIED XK140 GOES THROUGH THE ROOF IN MONACO

At the recent and fabulous Monaco Classic Car Auction the most furious (Bonhams’ words) battle was over a 1955 Jaguar XK140 SE Michelotti coupe found just a month ago in a barn in rural Belgium.

The car, powered by a C-Type engine and previously owned by the president of the French Jaguar Drivers Club, was a true project in need of restoration and was expected to sell for €20,000 to €50,000, proceeds from the sale benefiting an animal welfare charity in Ghent, Belgium.

But the bidding was indeed furious and the car sold for a whopping €365,500 (US$425,447). 

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A FIRST – E-PACE HSE IN COMPARISON TEST WITH RANGE ROVER EVOQUE HSE …

 
We have not done it before in our 34 years of publishing, but the good folk at Jaguar Land Rover have provided us with a top of the line Range Rover Evoque HSE to live with immediately after the E-Pace.
 
At the moment we are testing the top ranking Jaguar E-Pace HSE, and that has been extended to allow us to sample both ‘sister’ or ‘brother’ models (depending upon your preference) – back-to-back!
 
We are very excited and because the Evoque and E-Pace share the same basic floorpan, engine and transmission – set up for different purposes, the project will be fascinating for us and our readers to consume.
 
We are also offering our loyal readers something new after carrying out our tests – and it will be free. More on that when it is ready to be launched!
 
Don’t miss edition #193 – and thanks to James and Evelina for pulling this unique test together!
 

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