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F-TYPE 4 CYLINDER ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA

December 11, 2017

Jaguar is broadening the appeal of the new F-TYPE with the introduction of the state-of-the-art four- cylinder Ingenium petrol engine. The award winning F-TYPE family now spans from the entry-level four-cylinder model to Jaguar’s 200mph all-weather supercar – the F-TYPE SVR.

The pairing of Jaguar’s all-aluminium two-seat sports car with the advanced 221kW 2.0-litre turbocharged powerplant delivers Jaguar sports car DNA with enhanced agility and improved efficiency and affordability. This is a true F-TYPE, with its own unique character.

The new model retains the performance expected from the F-TYPE, and can accelerate from 0-100kph in only 5.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 249kph. The turbocharged engine’s high maximum torque of 400Nm, generated from just 1,500rpm, together with the eight-speed Quickshift transmission, delivers exceptional response throughout the rev range.

Not only is the 221kW Ingenium engine the most powerful four-cylinder unit ever offered in a production Jaguar, it also generates the highest specific power output of any engine in the F-TYPE range: 110kW per litre. It also makes this the most efficient F-TYPE in the range, with a 16 per cent improvement in fuel economy over the 250kW V6, together with CO2 emissions of just 163g/km on the European combined cycle.

“Introducing our advanced four-cylinder engine to F-TYPE has created a vehicle with its own distinct character. Performance from an engine of this size is remarkable and is balanced with improved fuel efficiency and affordability, making the F-TYPE experience more accessible than ever before.”
Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar F-TYPE

A host of advanced technologies enables the Ingenium engine to deliver this blend of high performance and low fuel consumption. Neatly integrated into the cylinder head is a state-of-the-art electrohydraulic valvetrain featuring patented control algorithms developed in-house. This technology enables fully variable control of intake valve lift for optimum power, torque and efficiency throughout the engine’s operating range.

The exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head casting. Coolant flowing through ducts in the manifold reduces warm-up times and therefore reduces fuel consumption and emissions. The manifold is carefully matched to a twin-scroll turbocharger. The design prevents exhaust gas pulsation interference, ensuring that the turbine wheel responds far more quickly: boost pressure is delivered near-instantaneously, making turbo lag almost non-existent, providing the responsiveness so familiar to the F-TYPE driving experience.

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YOUR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR JAGUAR READING IS READY – AT A DISCOUNT

December 11, 2017

Like everybody, life before the festive season arrives is hectic, and we have been beavering away getting the next edition of Jaguar Magazine ready to publish.

It is now done, and ready to be mailed for your pleasure and entertainment – no matter whether you are up to your eyeballs in snow in the middle of winter – or sweating it out before you get to the beach for Christmas.

Here is a summary of what our major features are in the final edition of the year:

Could the XJ13 have won a sixth Le Mans for Jaguar in the mid to late 60s, especially against the Ford GT40 and Ferraris?  We take in-depth look at what happened to the gorgeous XJ13 and whether it had the potential to be successful in the race it was created to win.  Why did it remain secret, and why was only one built while the GT40 went on to immortality.  The motivation of Sir William Lyons to fund it, the politics of BMH then British Leyland rule, and the determination of Ford to beat Ferrari there are all examined in a 10 page feature.

The V12 E-Type materialised in 1971 and surprised many not just because it was a new E-Type, but because it introduced a brand new sophisticated Jaguar engine when it had only had one since 1951.  A tiny number of development Series 2 FHCs were converted into prototype V12 Series 3s – and also XK engined Series 3!  You will be surprised by the revelations, and find what has happened to each of less than six of the development cars which had their own chassis plate starting with EX***!

The XJ40 is a bit of controversial model – some love it and others don’t.  We go right back to the origins by speaking with some of those who created it, and find the only Scottish media launch XJ40 which has survived.

A long lost XK150 has which has been one family ownership for nearly 60 years has been found – is the same car which sat on the Jaguar stand in 1958 for the Melbourne Motor Show.  It is a rare auto and is in in totally untouched condition.  It was even displayed back at the same Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne at the 2017 Motorclassica!  It’s full life is told.

Larry Perkins is known and loved for his Holden racing and team ownership.  What most forget is that he was a Formula 1 driver for over three seasons – and finished 4th driving a Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9LM at Le Mans in that magnificent 1988 Jaguar victory year.  We were there for the race, got into all the right places and present exclusive images of Larry, the team, the cars and the race.

… and that is some of what you will get in edition #190.

Get it by going to www.jaguarmagazine.com

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THE TWR XJ-S SPA AND BATHURST WINNER LIVES ON IN ADELAIDE THIS WEEKEND

December 10, 2017

Owned and loved by Mike Roddy for a long time now, the best preserved TWR XJ-S chassis #006, lives a perfect life in Australia and this weekend Mike’s talented XJR-15 restoring son Jordan had the privilege of racing the car on the old F1 Grand Prix track through the streets and parks in Adelaide.

Jordan summed up:  “I missed driving this thing, such a thrill to be sitting in the same seat previously filled by Denny Hulme, Win Percy, Martin Brundle, Tom Walkinshaw, John Goss, Armin Hahne, Jean-Louis Schlesser, Enzo Calderari, David Sears, Ron Dickson, Chuck Nicholson and many others.

“Oh my lord it sounds good from inside the cabin as you wind her out and snick up through the dog-leg Getrag gate. I’m very lucky to be afforded the privilege!

“Many thanks to David Karaduman from Epic Images Photography for the killer shot.”

The car’s history is totally authenticated, and it still runs even its original last race (New Zealand) paint.  It could not be with a more caring and Jaguar dedicated family who dote on it personally.

It’s all in edition #190:

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER TEST DRIVERLESS CARS ON COVENTRY ROADS

December 7, 2017

In a bid to move driverless car technology one step closer, Jaguar Land Rover have been taking part in the UK’s first tests of autonomous and connected cars on public roads. 

Taking place in Jaguar Land Rover’s home of Coventry, the tests saw a group of autonomous and connected cars navigating the city centre by themselves – of course, in real-world tests such as these, each car had a safety driver behind the wheel to take over whenever necessary. The tests come as part of the Government-backed £20m UK Autodrive project that aims to increase the use of autonomous cars by 2020.

This project has become even more prevalent in recent weeks due to the Government announcing in their Autumn Budget that they aim “to see fully self-driving cars, without a human operator, on UK roads by 2021”.

Jaguar Land Rover are testing two different types of technology that will benefit drivers in slightly different ways; these two technologies are autonomous and connected. The main difference between the two is that autonomous cars allow for entirely driverless transport whilst connected cars are mainly driven by a human but have the ability to talk to one another, connected traffic lights and other such technologies to ensure increased levels of hazard avoidance and subsequently safer roads for everyone.

Until now, Jaguar Land Rover’s research into autonomous and connected technologies has been confined to controlled areas of testing that allow all aspects of the situation to be monitored closely and perfectly predicted.

Real-world tests have allowed the teams to put their technology up against entirely uncontrolled situations and unpredictable elements such as pedestrians.

Talking of the trials, Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover Executive – Product Engineering, commented:

“Testing this self-driving project on public roads is so exciting, as the complexity of the environment allows us to find robust ways to increase road safety in the future. By using inputs from multiple sensors, and finding intelligent ways to process this data, we are gaining accurate technical insight to pioneer the automotive application of these technologies”.

With a target of making the UK a global hub for the research, development and integration of autonomous and connected technologies, the UK Autodrive project will continue trials into 2018. The Government now focussing heavily on new driving technologies (an industry expected to be worth around £900 billion worldwide by 2025) tests like the aforementioned are likely to become more and more common.

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I-PACE TO DEBUT AT GENEVA SHOW IN MARCH – CARSUK.NET

December 7, 2017

The new Jaguar i-PACE – Jaguar’s first electric car – will debut in production guise at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and go straight on sale in the UK.

Yesterday we reported on the final testing of the new Jaguar i-Pace as Jaguar work to sign-off their first electric car for production by running production prototypes for 1.5 million miles.

Jaguar were also busy flaunting the i-Pace’s range and dynamism to potential California buyers as they look to steal the thunder of the Tesla Model X, and on all the available evidence that’s exactly what the i-Pace looks set to do.

Jaguar are yet to confirm the i-Pace’s production specs, but we can’t see it very likely they will be any less impressive than the concept car – and that’s pretty impressive.

With a range of 310 miles and a 0-60mph of under 4.0 seconds, the i-Pace looks to be as practical as the Model X, its 90kWh battery pack is almost as big as Tesla’s most expensive option and, say Jaguar, will charge to 80 per cent in the time it takes to stop for a coffee.

The lithium ion battery pack and electric motors are Jaguar’s own design, the suspension is borrowed, to some degree, from the F-Pace but tweaked to suit the i-Pace, there’s regenerative braking and the ability to ‘E-Pedal’ drive, permanent four-wheel drive with torque vectoring and air suspension (well, probably as an option).

What the i-Pace looks set to offer is what the Model X can’t – a properly dynamic electric SUV with heritage and dynamism and, we hope, much better build quality.

That quality will be vital, but with production of the i-Pace in the hands of Magna Steyr that’s unlikely to be an issue, and Magna are already building the i-Pace. So no Telsa-like production hold-ups there, although demand for the i-Pace will almost certainly exceed supply.

The production version of the Jaguar i-Pace will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018 and go on sale straight away. First customer cars are expected in the UK by the summer.

Look out Tesla – the Cat’s about to escape in to the wild.

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OH DEAR – DON’T BELIEVE ALL YOU READ ABOUT AN HISTORIC CAR!!!

December 6, 2017

We know all about ‘buyer beware’ and I am sure any potential buyer of a D-Type would carefully do their research, but there is a description circulating on-line concerning one of three factory D-Type Le Mans entries in 1954 – and it could NOT be more incorrect.  The car is about to be auctioned.

It states:  “At the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1954, this legendary Jaguar D-Type saw victory with Sir Stirling Moss behind the wheel. Now, you can own that very car.

“Up for grabs at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction next month, this is the first time this victorious D-Type is being offered for public sale. With its 3.4-litre straight-six engine, the nimble Jag went up against giants such as the Ferrari 375 Plus with its 5.0L V12 – twice as many cylinders as the Jag – and still has its original body, chassis, drivetrain and suspension components.

“Following its Le Mans victory with Moss in 1954, this D-Type went on to race a series of other events in 1955 before being bought by a privateer team that same year.

“RM Sotheby’s expects the D-Type will fetch anywhere between US$12 and $15 million.”

The facts are that Sir Stirling Moss NEVER EVER won the Le Mans 24 Hours race in his career, and Jaguar DID not win Le Mans that year!

The D-Type which finished second to Ferrari was registered OKV1, and this car is OKV2 – it retired after midnight with brake problems …  Yes, it was driven by Moss and Peter Walker.  … and it also does not have the original chassis engine frame.

It also didn’t finish its next race – the Reims 12 Hour, and it had a number of major rebuilds following serious crashes when privately owned and raced.

According to the ‘bible’ for historic C and D-Types ‘Jaguar C-Type – D-Type Lightweight E-Type Register’ (Larson, Woodley, Carlaw, Skilleter – Edited Clausager) OKV3 only won a single known race, and that was in 1957.  It records the factory replaced the chassis frame in late 1955 after a serious crash when owned by Jack Broached.  “The number on the frame, if any, is uncertain.”

It was heavily rolled, cartwheel fashion, at Goodwood in May 1956, and returned to the factory for another rebuild in the Experimental Department.  It didn’t race for three and a half months.  According to the Register again, Andrew Whyte speculated parts of XKD548 or 570 were incorporated including the chassis frame with its number.  Bob Berry (Jaguar’s assistant PR and – the driver of OKV2 then) states it got a new production type body and frame at the time.

The Register again states:  “During his rebuild of XKC403 (correct XKC and not D) in the early 2000s, Terry Larson confirmed that this car had the frame of XKD548.”

Yes, it is definitely entitled to be described and sold as OKV2 – but the history needs to be documented and stated absolutely correctly.  You would not expect an incorrect description of authenticity for an old masterpiece which was expected to fetch US$12 or $15 million.

I imagine RM Sotheby’s would not have got this wrong (they have the chassis number recorded incorrectly though) and made those statements – but a journalist or enthusiast is promoting the car by their own words and has made serious blunders.

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I-PACE GETS FINAL TESTING IN THE US

December 6, 2017

One year on from showing the I-PACE Concept at the LA Auto Show, Jaguar is back in town with a production prototype for final range and durability tests ahead of its official global reveal in 2018.

Thousands of potential customers have pressed the ‘I want one’ button on www.jaguar.com.au.

to place a deposit or register a strong interest in the hotly anticipated electric SUV. Not only will they be at the front of the queue when order books officially open in March, but a lucky few have been chosen to accompany Jaguar’s engineers as prototype vehicles complete final validation tests.   

Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director, said: “After 1.5 million global test miles, the I-PACE is ready for production and is proven to deliver long distances on a single charge. Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle will also be fast to charge; our target is a zero to 80 per cent charge being achievable in a short break.”

Full specification and pricing for Jaguar’s electric performance SUV will be announced in March 2018 when order books will officially open. 

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I-PACE TO BE SOLD FROM MARCH 2018 – AUTOCAR

December 5, 2017

The Jaguar I-Pace will go on sale in the UK in March next year – the same month that it receives its world debut at the Geneva motor show – and it will be with customers from the summer.

The I-Pace is now in the final stages of testing at the ‘tooling try-out’ stage, where the prototypes, like the one pictured here, are made using production tooling for the first time and are 99% representative of the finished car’s hardware.

 

As the pictures show, the I-Pace remains true to the design of the concept car of the same name a year ago, as a near 4.7m-long five-seat SUV. Jaguar is still not disclosing statistics about the car’s performance or range but, as with the design, it is promising the engineering will stay true to the concept car.

The concept’s range was in excess of 310 miles and it dispatched 0-60mph in a claimed 4.0sec. It had two electric motors for a combined 395bhp and 516lb ft, and a 90kWh lithium ion battery pack mounted on the floor. Jaguar is targeting an 80% charge of the batteries in the time it would take to have a coffee break.

 

 

 

The production car will have permanent four-wheel drive and use torque vectoring by braking to enhance the handling.

In the development process, some 200 prototypes have been driven for more than 1.5 million miles. The project has been worked on by more than 500 engineers over four years.

 

 

The I-Pace forgets almost every Jaguar convention in its design, layout and technology, yet also displays many welcome familiar traits. Here’s to the future.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER RECYCLE INTO SURFBOARDS

December 4, 2017

Closing out the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Jaguar Land Rover surfboards hit the water for the first time in North America on the shores of El Porto Beach in Manhattan Beach, CA on December 1. Created as part of the Jaguar Land Rover ‘Waste to Wave’ project, first debuting at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September, the boards are made from recycled polyurethane foam used as the structure in discarded vehicle design studio models.

The surfboards were shaped in partnership with SkunkWorks Surf Co, a surf company based in Northern Ireland with a focus on minimizing environmental impact. Five custom boards were handmade for the Los Angeles Auto Show with colorful designs showcasing the Californian lifestyle, including the Hollywood sign, rock guitarist and a tie-dye pattern. The boards feature carbon fiber rails from the nose and a carbon strip from the tail for additional strength while allowing flex to push through high-intensity maneuvers.

Plastic sent to landfill can take up to 500 years to decompose. The Waste to Wave project is part of a wider ‘second life’ initiative by Jaguar Land Rover and supports the company’s longer term zero waste strategy.

Polyurethane is used in the manufacturing process of life-size clay models which are modelled by hand at the very beginning of the car design process. The polymer forms the ‘skeleton’ of the models, which is normally destroyed once a car is launched, while the clay is recycled and re-used on site.  Now, Jaguar Land Rover is ensuring that plastic is recovered and sliced into blocks ready for a second life as surfboards or paddleboards.

The Los Angeles surfing event was the first time the boards had been used outside of the UK since England’s number one female surfer, Lucy Campbell, first tested them off the coast of Northern Ireland in September.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR PROMOTED ITS FIRST PODIUM FINISH

December 3, 2017

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing secured a historic first podium for the British team in FIA Formula E with a third place finish for Mitch Evans.

Following an impressive display throughout the season opening weekend, Evans was awarded third place after the FIA Stewards confirmed that first place driver Daniel Abt, of Audi Abt Schaeffler, was disqualified due to a technical infringement.

The Kiwi produced a fantastic display on the second day of the Hong Kong E-Prix recording Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s best ever qualifying position. After setting the quickest time in Qualifying, Mitch made his debut in the Super Pole session for the quickest five drivers – a first for the team.

Following a small breach for exceeding maximum power during Super Pole, Mitch lined up on the grid in fourth position and showed further evidence that the new Jaguar I-TYPE 2 has the potential to compete for points in the team’s second season in Formula E.

Nelson Piquet Jr. made a strong start to the all-electric series during Saturday’s E-Prix with Jaguar matching the team’s highest finish from the team’s entry season by finishing fourth.  He finished just outside of the points in 12th during Sunday’s E-Prix and can look back at a successful weekend and leave Hong Kong confident for the season ahead.

After the first two E-Prix’s of the season, Panasonic Jaguar Racing are showing signs of what is to come in what will no doubt be an exciting season. The team can now look forward to the third E-Prix of the season in Marrakesh, in knowledge that they can take learnings from this weekend and keep pushing to be regularly competing for points.

Mitch Evans, #20: “I am proud to secure Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s first podium in Formula E. It is bittersweet as Daniel (Abt) is a good guy and a mate of mine. After a tough year in our first season this is a great reward for the hard work of everyone in the team. Tonight we will celebrate this achievement together and then work hard to repeat it.”

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