MOMO/CUNNINGHAM MODIFIED JAGUAR D-TYPES – AS THEY WERE CREATED

We put the spotlight on Alfred Momo in our coming edition.  Sadly, today he is just a name and not much is known about the man or what the achieved, and not just for Jaguar.  In his time he was hailed an engineering genius.

We have put an enormous amount of time into researching the great Italian/American, and particularly his very long Jaguar association with Briggs Cunningham in New York.

Briggs and Alfred were racing four D-Types at one point, three of which were Long Nose models of which just 11 were built.

On one weekend all three of those Long Nose cars were rolled, taken back to the Queens base – and rebuilt by Momo’s craftsmen but with the now famous Momo fin and nose.  The bonnet nose had huge holes for better brake cooling, and the fin had a different profile.  Two of them ended up back at Jaguar Cars in Coventry.  The other is in the Collier Automotive Museum collection in Naples, Florida, which is now called The Revs Institute and is open to the public.

Just as a little highlight of what we have in the coming edition on Alfred, here is one of the rolled Long Nose D-Types outside the Momo Corporation building, and then both cars can be seen in the race department of that building being rebuilt, and with those changes obvious.  The soft roof was to meet U.S. race regulations but were not used.

It is a very important story historically, and I proud that we are publishing it for what I think is the very first time in a Jaguar perspective at least.

I also believe these images have been used by anyone but Jaguar Magazine.

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EDITION #191 COMING – HERE IS THE INSIDE INFO

Our next edition has been the subject of a huge amount of research on exciting features including the world’s best D-Type.  Clive Beecham’s ex-works and ex-Ecurie Ecosse Long Nose machine which raced at Le Mans 1956, 1957 (finished 2nd), 1958 and 1959.  One of only six Long Nose survivors.  Following that win Ecurie Ecosse sold it to an enthusiast in Ohio as the 1957 winner – which was not true – it was second!!!  XKD603 is perfectly original and has all of the hand written books plus Ecurie Ecosse Monzanapolis panels.

Alfred Momo:  World Exclusive.  Finding the Italian-born engineering guru who was Briggs Cunningham’s partner in racing plus Jaguar’s distributorship and sales for the entire US north east – including New York City.
XJ-C – loved and restored – the only Coupe saloon Jaguar has ever built and a V12 to boot.  One of 603 built new.
The brand new and very first, four cylinder Jaguar sports car – The F-Type road tested.
XK150 Restoration.
S.S. Saloon at Windsor Castle Concours.
An as good as brand new XJ-S V12 Convertible – with 2000 miles on the clock.
Best Buys – the original XF saloon.
John Crawford PR Director and Vice President – how he played a major role in saving Jaguar in the US.
Jaguar’s latest at the Autosport show – Project 8, factory racing F-Type, I-Pace racer and 2018 Formula E Jaguar.

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JAGUAR UP FRONT AGAIN – THIS TIME IN MARRAKESH

In an exciting round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship series, Nelson Piquet Jr. secured fourth position for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in his third appearance for the British team at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan.

Starting the Marrakesh E-Prix with Nelson in seventh and team-mate Mitch Evans in ninth position, both drivers made good progress in the early stages of the race gaining valuable places, with Nelson working hard to move towards the front of the grid.

Mitch encountered early lap contact which bent his car’s steering. Coupled with some energy management challenges, the team chose to pit him a lap earlier than planned.  Shortly after his stop, a full course yellow flag slowed the grid, which dropped Mitch out of the position scoring positions.  He finished the E-Prix in 11th.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO OPEN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING CENTRE IN IRELAND

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed plans to open a software engineering centre and create 150 jobs in Shannon, Republic of Ireland, in 2018.

Working alongside Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering team in the UK, the Shannon facility has an important role to play in realising the company’s vision for electric and automated driving vehicles. It will develop new technologies to support electrification and self-driving features on future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

Jaguar Land Rover has selected Shannon as it is globally recognised as a centre of excellence for current and future software engineering talent.

Nick Rogers, Executive Director of Product Engineering, said: “Technical innovation lies at the heart of Jaguar Land Rover and our innovation is continuous. The new facility provides an exciting opportunity for us to pioneer future autonomous and electrification technologies.”

“The heart of our business will always be in the UK. The creation of a team in Shannon strengthens our international engineering capabilities and complements our existing team of more than 10,000 engineers based in the UK.”

Supported by the Irish Development Agency, the Shannon team will start by developing the next generation of electrical architecture as well as exploring advanced driver assistance systems features for future vehicles.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen said:

“This is a great boost for Shannon, Co. Clare and the Midwest Region. Jaguar Land Rover are iconic brands which have endured through innovation and staying ahead of their competitors. This new software engineering centre will bring 150 new high quality jobs to Shannon. The region has much to offer with qualified and talented people and I wish Jaguar Land Rover and its team well in its endeavours.”

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER BRANCHES OUT INTO THE SELF-DRIVING TAXI BUSINESS

Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital arm InMotion Ventures, has invested $4.1 million in US-based self-driving taxi service Voyage.

The backing will support Voyage in developing a global service, with the aim that anyone can summon an autonomous vehicle to their door and reach their destination safely. Voyage has already trialled its self-driving taxi service in a gated community in San Jose, California. The company is licensed to test self-driving cars on Californian roads in 2018 and is refining its technology and service with feedback from users.

In this funding round, InMotion Ventures invested alongside Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, Initialized Capital, Amino Capital and Charles River Ventures.

Oliver Cameron, Chief Executive, Voyage, said: “We are thrilled to have support from InMotion Ventures in this successful funding round. The investment will help our business grow in technical and operational expertise, as we expand into new communities globally. This is an exciting year for us with further passenger trials planned.”

Sebastian Peck, Managing Director, InMotion Ventures, said: “We are excited to be working with Oliver Cameron and his world-class team at Voyage. We believe they have the capability to quickly make self-driving, autonomous taxis in residential communities a reality.”

The first InMotion investment of 2018, Voyage is the 12th company to join its mobility and transport venture portfolio.

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