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E-PACE UNDER TEST IN COLORADO – CarScoops

February 6, 2017
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What’s smaller than F? Why, E, of course! Jaguar already told us that much when it rolled out the XE to slot in below the XF sedan. And now it’s about to do it again with the crossover you see here, however disguised though it may still be.
 
Spotted out in the wild by our de-facto Colorado spy, Brett Borgard, is a camouflaged prototype for the forthcoming Jaguar E-Pace – the smaller brother to the F-Pace that took Leaping Cat marque into the crossover market for the first time.
 
Tipped to launch this summer, the E-Pace will be Jaguar’s assault on the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes GLA in the increasingly competitive market for compact luxury crossovers. It’s a market so vital, in fact, that this will essentially be the third distinct model that JLR will launch into the segment, joining the new Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque.
 
Long content to let its sister brand handle the off-roaders, Jaguar has evidently found – much like Bentley, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo – that it can’t stay out of the crossover any longer. The F-Pace and E-Pace are expected to be followed by the electric-powered I-Pace, and we won’t be at all surprised to see a J-Pace cap the range as well to take on the big boys further up the market in the coming years.
 
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GROUP 44 AND TWR – BOTH WITH JAGUAR V12S

February 6, 2017
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If you ever wanted to see the obvious difference between the way Group 44 and TWR built their Group C and IMSA V12 Jaguar race cars – this is a good way to do that.
 
Bob Tullius ran at Le Mans in 1984 and 85 for Jaguar and was hoping Jaguar would buy his chassis’ for to TWR to run.
 
Tom Walkinshaw wasn’t having that though, and (correctly) sold Jaguar Cars on the idea that his chassis was far more suitable to win Le Mans and the World Sportswear Championship.
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Bob Tullius was using the older riveted aluminium tub, while TWR had moved on to composite fibre one-piece tubs which were lighter, stiffer and much more ‘today’s’ technology.
 
Here is a shot I took at Browns Lane in 2010 of one of the Le Mans Group 44 racers being restored, and the other is in 1987 showing the TWR chassis in the pits at Silverstone.
 
Of course, TWR would take over the U.S. operations of Jaguar’s racing program in 1988 and immediately win the Daytona 24 Hours race – and again in 1990.
 
Tom was in his best form then.
 
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F-PACE TO GET SVO 550 BHP F-TYPE ENGINE – XE TOO?

February 4, 2017

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The Jaguar F-Pace is an impressive SUV. Don’t believe me? Take one for a spin, because it’ll make you a believer. While the available supercharged 3.0 litre V6 is a blast, Jaguar’s about to do one better by blessing the F-Pace with a 550 horsepower heart transplant.
People familiar with the F-Type probably already know where the new engine is coming from. It’s a fire-breathing supercharged V8 from the company’s SVO division. Road & Track says Jaguar’s already testing prototypes, with the possibility the new engine could join the F-Pace lineup later this year.
 
Car & Driver says it heard the same engine will be dropped in the Jaguar XE sedan. That would make it a legitimate BMW M3 killer. Reportedly, that decision hasn’t been finalized like the one for the F-Pace.
 
Apparently, the company’s plan to push for electrified models could pose a problem, because a big V-8 engine stuffed in a small sedan would seem hypocritical. I say do it, blow the doors off the M3, and work on an all-electric XE.
 
At least Jaguar will be giving us a supercharged V8 for the F-Pace. You know, so you can be sure to get the kids to footy practice on time.
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THIEVES STEAL £3 MILLON WORTH NEW JAGUAR AND LAND ROVER ENGINES

February 4, 2017
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Criminals have driven off with an estimated £3 million in engines from Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant in an astonishing film-style heist. Both Jaguars and Land Rovers at built there.
 
A suspected stolen HGV lorry was used to steal the huge haul of expensive car parts in just a few minutes on Tuesday night.
 
 
It is understood the audacious heist took place in full view of security cameras.
 
Police are now hunting the gang behind the theft which insiders say has left management and staff ‘stunned’.
 
A JLR spokesman said: “We can confirm that we are working closely with West Midlands Police to investigate the theft of engines from the Solihull manufacturing plant.
 
“A reward is on offer to anyone who has information which leads to the successful recovery of these engines.
 
“It would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment whilst this investigation is ongoing.”
 
Insiders say the stolen 40 tonne lorry arrived at the Solihull Lode Lane depot at 10.30pm on Tuesday and entered through the security-manned D1 gate.
 
The HGV then drove to the Lagoons depot and hooked up to a trailer containing the car engines, before driving out.
 
Sources claim the criminals obtained paperwork from the site before leaving – making their escape easier.
 
Sources claim the first theft took just SIX MINUTES.
 
The stolen lorry is believed to have unloaded in the Coventry area.
 
Incredibly, the same lorry is believed to returned to the factory a couple of hours later before hooking up another trailer and driving off with more car engines.
 
A source said: “They just hooked up the trailers. They were in and out in just six minutes with the first theft. The whole place is in uproar about it.”
 
West Midlands Police said in a statement: “Police are appealing for any information in relation to a large scale theft of Jaguar Land Rover engines in Coventry.
 
“It is believed the engines were stolen from the Damson Lane site in Tile Hill sometime between late night Tuesday 31 January and the early hours of Wednesday 1 February.
 
“An articulated truck is believed to have entered the site twice, each time hooking up to trailers carrying the engines and then leaving again through the gate.
 
“The empty stolen trailers have since been located.
 
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NEW EDITION COMING – WE ARE INDEPENDENT AND LOVE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

February 3, 2017

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We are Jaguar Magazine and we are independent. We have been publishing our dedicated magazine since 1984, and did that with the assistance of Jaguar, Andrew Whyte and Lofty England – so we rely on our subscribers.

We have a new edition at the printer in which we profile the amazing Briggs Cunningham, live with the the awesome F-Type SVR Coupe, feature the first competition winning F-Type SVR, find the last Lister Jaguar Le Mans built – and feature the sporting successes of the amazing MkVII showing images never seen before. 

Design and printing quality is paramount to us – you will be delighted to have Jaguar Magazine on your table.

There are stacks more things in the magazine – so we would love you to become a member of the Jaguar Magazine family by taking out a subscription.

Go to www.jaguarmagazine.com – our price includes postage to your door.

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VREDESTEIN LINKS WITH JAGUAR FOR CLASSIC SERIES

February 3, 2017
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Vredestein’s classic tyre range features on Jaguar XK120 and XK150 cars competing in the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club XK Race Series.
 
Premium tyre brand Vredestein awarded the Duncan Hamilton Trophy for its long-term support of the popular JEC Race Series (KX120-150 models, 1948-1961).
 
Vredestein UK has been the main sponsor of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club XK Race Series since 2010, and involved with JEC for 13 years. The tyre company’s support for the Club was acknowledged with the Duncan Hamilton trophy at the JEC Racing Awards Dinner last month.
 
The dinner, a convivial occasion organised by JEC to celebrate its members’ racing successes in 2016, was an opportunity to remind Jaguar owners and racers that the Vredestein Sprint Classic range is the tyre of choice when it comes to competitive racing. “The Vredestein Sprint Classic ‘period’ look suits our racing Jaguar XK120s and XK150s whilst also performing superbly as everyday road tyres,” said Terry Dye, JEC Competitions’ Secretary.
 
Vredestein Country Manager Karl Naylor received the Duncan Hamilton Trophy on Vredestein’s behalf, for its support of the XK Race Series. He also presented awards to Kevin Zwolinski (XK Drive of The Year), Andy Keith-Lucas (Winner XK Trophy), Derek Pearce (Mechanics’ Nightmare), Chris Keith-Lucas (Most Consistent Driver), and Tom Butterfield (Merville Kirkham Memorial Trophy).
 
“We look forward to forging an even closer relationship with the JEC, as we continue to sponsor the exciting XK Race Series in 2017,” said Karl Naylor. “We are one of only a few tyre manufacturers who produce modern tyres with a classic look, therefore affording the best of both worlds, in terms of performance and safety.”
 
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JAGUAR LAND ROVER RECORD JANUARY SALES IN THE U.S. – JAGUAR JUMPS 117%

February 2, 2017
 
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Jaguar Land Rover North America reported January 2017 U.S. sales: Jaguar sales were 2,939 units, a 117 percent increase from 1,352 units in January 2016; Land Rover sales reached 6,163 units, up 9 percent from record sales of 5,655 units in January 2016; Jaguar Land Rover January U.S. sales for both brands hit 9,102 units, a 30 percent increase from 7,007 units in January 2016; making it the best ever Jaguar Land Rover January sales month.
 
“After coming off a record-setting year in 2016, we are starting 2017 with a successful January sales month for Jaguar Land Rover and are proud to report a 30 percent sales increase,” said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. “This strong performance is a testament to our expanded product offering, highly desirable brands and dedicated retailer network. We are in prime position for sales growth in the coming year.”
 
For the full year 2016, Jaguar Land Rover U.S. sales were up 24 percent to 105,104 units sold, compared to 85,048 units sold in 2015. With this performance, 2016 becomes the new U.S. high water mark for Jaguar and Land Rover brands’ combined sales, surpassing previous high of 102,191 sales achieved in 2002.
 
For the month of January, Jaguar sales were 2,939 units, a 117 percent increase from 1,352 units in January 2016; making it the best Jaguar January sales month since 2004.
 
The Jaguar F-PACE hit 1,458 units sold, making it the brand’s volume leader for the month, and the XE hit 693 units sold.
 
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THE DADDY OF ALL PROJECT 7 F-TYPES SURFACES

February 1, 2017

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See in England recently, but one car I didn’t know existed – meet the prototype F-Type Project 7 and development car which appears to have been donated to the Heritage Museum.

It look fabulous to see a Project 7 with the roof up too – makeshift as it may be.

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Rare sights indeed and alluring at that.

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THE DADDY OF ALL PROJECT 7 F-TYPES SURFACES

February 1, 2017
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See in England recently, but one car I didn’t know existed – meet the prototype F-Type Project 7 and development car which appears to have been donated to the Heritage Museum.
 
It look fabulous to see a Project 7 with the roof up too – makeshift as it may be.
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Rare sights indeed and alluring at that.
 
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JOSE MOURINHO COMES TOGETHER WITH JAGUAR

January 30, 2017

José Mourinho stars in a new Jaguar film, celebrating the successful partnership between the two iconic brands. Taking to the streets of Manchester in the Jaguar XJ, Mourinho reveals what it takes to be ‘special’.

Mourinho said: “Jaguar for me represents passion and performance. It’s one thing to play for a club, or to coach a club, another is to play or to coach with passion, and feel the passion, and I think Jaguar’s cars are also like this. You feel the passion that they invest into their cars”.

Mourinho became one of the first people to drive the F-PACE, the fastest-selling Jaguar ever, ahead of its launch last year. The renowned football manager mastered the art of high speed drifting and full throttle ice driving on a 60km frozen lake at Jaguar Land Rover’s extreme testing facility in Arjeplog, Sweden. Away from his love of cars, Mourinho reflected on his life as a manager:

“I have got the biggest job in the country, one of the biggest jobs in the world, and a job that I can imagine everyone in the world would like to have, but it’s a difficult one.”

Following his win against Hull that is taking Mourinho to his fourth EFL Cup Final, he added:

“Every minute I have is dedicated to my job, and my career has been rich, beautiful, but I have a big problem, I always want the next one.”

As the January transfer window comes to a close, José Mourinho has revealed he isn’t critical of players signing for Chinese clubs. Speaking at a Jaguar appearance he said:

“I am not a critic of anyone that decides to go to China and change a real football career for an amazing economic situation, it’s their choice and their life.”

He added: “At this moment in my career what I want is competition at the highest level, and I have to admit that it probably will create some problems for the clubs that want to keep their players.”

The XJ is Jaguar’s pinnacle saloon car, the perfect combination of cutting-edge technology and sporting vehicle dynamics, pushing the boundaries and redefining what a luxury car should be.

The Jaguar XJ enjoyed impressive UK sales in 2016, up 11% on 2015 with its dramatic combination of beauty, luxury and power capturing the heart of executive buyers across the UK.

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