PANASONIC JAGUAR COME BACK IN BERLIN

Panasonic Jaguar Racing returned to the points with a hard fought sixth place finish at the Berlin E-Prix at Tempelhof Airport circuit.

Before the race, Panasonic Jaguar Racing discovered Mitch Evans was unable to provide radio feedback however he could still hear the team’s communications. Despite this, he brought his Jaguar I-TYPE 2 home higher than his qualifying position of ninth to demonstrate his natural racing ability and the strong team dynamic that exists between the driver and engineers.

Mitch and team mate Nelson Piquet Jr instantly gained places on the opening laps and settled into their race strategies on the notoriously hard temporary Templehof circuit. During one of the longest races of the championship, Mitch consistently matched the energy levels of the race leaders but was unable to break into the top five.

During the latter stages of the race Nelson’s smooth driving style and his ability to conserve energy was on full display. In the last five laps Nelson jumped from 13th to tenth in a series of skilful overtaking manoeuvres. As he battled for ninth on the last lap he overshot turn one and lost a number of places. He rejoined the circuit in 12th place a position he held to the finish.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing now move on to Switzerland for the inaugural Zurich E-Prix, the tenth E-Prix of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with Mitch sitting seventh and Nelson eighth.The British team retain fifth place in the teams standings.

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ONE OF CLARK GABLE’S XK120S TO BE SHOWN THIS WEEKEND

Jaguar XK120 owned by ‘Gone with the Wind’ star in special showcase

He may not have given a damn about Scarlet O’Hara at the end of “Gone with the Wind,” but movie star Clark Gable sure loved cars, including his 1952 Jaguar XK120 roadster.

The car once owned by Gable – who played the dubious Rhett Butler in the 1939 film – will be shown this weekend as part of a special showcase at the Carlisle Import and Performance Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The history of exactly how Gable came to own the car is unclear as he owned multiple Jaguars, but what is known is that he acquired it in Dallas, according to a news release from Carlisle Events.

Parts and pieces of the car were stored in multiple boxes. Gable turned to the late great California customizer George Barris to return the car to its former glory while adding some custom tweaks from Gable.

It was one of the first cars Barris customized during his long career, which included the Batmobile, “The Beverly Hillbillies” 1921 Oldsmobile touring-car-turned-truck and a host of other movie and TV novelties.

The Jaguar changed hands following Gable’s death in 1960 and was recently purchased by Velocity TV host Joseph Limongelli, who also will display a 1966 Jaguar E-Type, a 1952 Aston Martin DB 2 and a 2004 Aston Martin Vanquish.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR FORMLA E TO DEBUT AT SHELSLEY WALSH

Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb looks forward to welcoming Formula E to the world famous Worcestershire race track as GKN Driveline is bringing the Panasonic Jaguar Racing ABB FIA Formula E Championship team’s race car, the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, to the historic venue for its public UK debut on August 12.

GKN Driveline is bringing the Panasonic Jaguar Racing ABB FIA Formula E Championship team’s race car, the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, to the historic venue for its public UK debut on August 12. The UK debut coincides with the 113th anniversary of the first hill climb at Shelsley Walsh, combining the ultimate in modern electric vehicle technology with the famous motor racing course.

The race car will be driven at Shelsley by Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans, who is currently sitting 8th in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship Drivers Standing. Panasonic Jaguar Racing is currently 5th in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

New Zealander Evans will be hoping to add his name to the Shelsley history books alongside Rudolf Caracciola, Malcolm Campbell, Hans Stuck, Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, John Surtees, Kenny Brack and Andy Priaulx.

Andrew Lytheer, GKN Driveline Team & Partnership Director, said: “We’re excited to bring the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, containing some of the world’s most sophisticated electric driveline technology, to Shelsley Walsh, the world’s oldest motor sport venue. Panasonic Jaguar Racing is coming to the end of a successful second season in Formula E, so bringing the car to the UK, where it was developed and manufactured, will be a special way to end the season.”

Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver, said: “I am looking forward to driving the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 up the famous Shelsley Walsh hill climb. We have a lot of hill climbs back home in New Zealand but this is the most famous and historic. My all electric race car should be well suited to the challenge and I’m intrigued to see what my time will be. I look forward to seeing our friends from GKN Driveline and meeting some UK fans.”

Antony Harper, Chairman Midland Automobile Club, said “To have technologically advanced cars at Shelsley is something we’re used to, but this is going to be something unique and very special to see come to the start line even in the 113 year history of the hill. Hill climbing has naturally had many innovative cars racing in the sport but the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 Formula E car is something no one has ever seen against the clock so there will be a huge amount of interest following Mitch up the hill. To have the ongoing support from GKN Driveline and a 2018 works team present on the very 113th birthday of the hill climb is something we’re all looking forward to here.”

The event strengthens GKN Driveline’s historic links with both Shelsley Walsh and Jaguar. GKN Driveline has been a supporter of the venue for a number of years and many of the vehicles that have claimed records at the site have contained GKN Driveline technology.

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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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