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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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MITCH EVANS FOURTH AT HONG KONG SECOND RACE

December 3, 2017

New Zealand’s Panasonic Jaguar driver Mitch Evans finished in a very fine 4th place in the Hong Kong second race of Formula E in the new season.  Nelson Piquet Jnr in the second Jaguar, and who was 4th on Saturday, had a troubled race to come home in 14th.

Mitch drove a fine great race and could have been one the podium in third placing other than being caught in his pit at the car swap because of incoming traffic.

It was by far Jaguar’s best result in its Formula E career, and the team is vastly improved over its first season.  Evans sportingly added that he could not have held onto third even if he had not been delayed, but was happy with the result and progress the team has made since last season.

If you still have doubts about Formula E – remember that Audi won this second race of the weekend after a number of unexpected incidents close to the end of the race, and Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are coming into the series soon too.

Let’s add:  All they need for more racing appeal is NOISE!!!!!!  We all know electric engines are mostly7 noiseless, but please, organisers make it happen artificially, otherwise it seems just a more than a little too close to Scalextric slot cars …

Well done to Panasonic Jaguar.

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PIQUET COMES IN 4TH IN FIRST RACE OF THE FORMULA E SEASON

December 2, 2017

Nelson Piquet Jr said he was delighted to have had such a strong race on his debut for Panasonic Jaguar Racing.

He finished fifth in the first round of the Hong Kong ePrix, but was promoted to fourth after Maro Engel was given a penalty after the race.

Piquet made the switch from NIO to Jaguar this year as he thought they stood a better chance of letting him compete for wins again.

And that decision looks like it will pay dividends as he ran strongly throughout the race, and was even able to pull off an audacious move on the Mahindra Racing car of Felix Rosenqvist in the closing laps.

Afterwards he thanked his team for their efforts, and said it was encouraging to be running in the points so early on in the season.

“It’s great to be back racing and to be competing in the points in our first race is encouraging,” Piquet said.

“We are trying to keep realistic about our results as it’s a long season ahead but in general we did a great job. The team can take a lot of positives from today including the pace and efficiency of the I-TYPE 2.

“The race was quite hectic, so I’m very happy to have secured the result I did today, and look forward to getting back on track tomorrow.”

Team-mate Mitch Evans had a disappointing race in the sister Jaguar car.

Things were looking good for the New Zealander when he topped the second practice session, but he started last on the grid after his team sent him out too late to set a qualifying lap.

Evans said that he was still able to set some good lap times though, and is looking to bounce back tomorrow.

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JAGUAR’S MITCH EVANS FASTEST IN FORMULA E PRACTISE

December 1, 2017

Jaguar’s Mitch Evans set the pace in practice for the opening round of the 2017/18 Formula E season in Hong Kong.

After finishing its debut FE season last of the 10 teams in the championship, Jaguar predicted a significant step forward for the coming campaign.

Evans fired an early indicator of its progress with the second-fastest time in opening practice, albeit 0.466s off Sebastien Buemi’s pace in a session that featured few full-power efforts.

In FP2, Evans improved considerably as the chequered flag dropped in his I-type 2 to post a 1m02.875s – the only driver to dip below the 1m13s barrier.

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JLR’S CHARGE INTO ELECTRIC POWER IS HELPING CREATE A NEW COVENTRY

November 30, 2017

Up to 10,000 new jobs could be created in Coventry after £80million of government funding was announced for a national centre to develop batteries for the electric vehicles of the future.

The National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF) is seen as a key building block for Coventry to become the UK’s Motor City once again – and lead the world in electric vehicle technology.

The NBMDF will see the development of the next generation of battery systems across battery chemistry, electrodes, cell design, module and pack level and will see a partnership between academia and industry.

A suitable site for the development will now be sought but it is likely it will become part of the Whitley South Technology Campus, close to the site where Jaguar Land Rover is currently expanding its operations.

In November last year JLR chief executive Ralf Speth said the company wants to build the next generation of electric cars and their batteries in Coventry – generating thousands of jobs and creating the UK’s first ‘smart city’.
WMG has been working for 15 years with industry to develop and prove new battery technologies and has close ties with JLR.
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Prof Lord Bhattacharyya, chairman of WMG said: “We are delighted to have been successful in the bid to create this new national battery facility here in the Midlands.

“Working with industry and the supply chain we will develop and expand battery R&D which will see the creation of skilled jobs and developments within the automotive sector.”

“Coventry and the sub region has a significant contribution to make in the delivery of the UK’s national industrial strategy, being in a strong position to lead the advancement of battery development, and vehicle electrification and autonomous vehicles.

“It will be at the heart of the drive to make the city a smart motor city.”

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