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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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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December 3, 2017


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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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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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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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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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.
Warwick Manufacturing Group
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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November 29, 2017

Jaguar Australia have joined the Mastercard Hopman Cup as official motor vehicle partner in the tournament’s 30th year.

Globally, Jaguar has a strong relationship with Tennis, holding partnerships with Wimbledon and elite players including Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori. The Mastercard Hopman Cup is an exciting addition to Jaguar’s sponsorship portfolio, with its unique country versus country format capturing the attention of fans throughout Australia and the world.

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with the Mastercard Hopman Cup. We believe the tournament is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the Jaguar brand and extend Jaguar’s global footprint in tennis,” said Tim Krieger, General Manager – Communications and Public Relations, Jaguar Land Rover.

“Tennis is a perfect fit for Jaguar to align with. On the court, as it is on the road, performance is viewed as an art form to be admired.”

Jaguar will supply luxury and high performance vehicles to support tournament operations, ensuring players and officials arrive to the venue in both comfort and style, ready to perform on the court.

Mastercard Hopman Cup Tournament Director Paul Kilderry added: “We are very pleased to welcome Jaguar to the Mastercard Hopman Cup family.”

“Jaguar has a strong association with tennis around the world and this new partnership is particularly fitting given the Hopman Cup’s unique mixed teams format.

“To partner with an iconic luxury car maker like Jaguar emphasises the strength of the Mastercard Hopman Cup brand as one of Australia’s highest profile tennis events, and we look forward to working closely with the Jaguar team.”

Fans attending the Mastercard Hopman Cup will be able to engage with Jaguar via a series of activations aimed at bringing the public closer to the roar of tennis and offering an opportunity to view the growing range of Jaguar’s SUV’s, including an exclusive first opportunity for consumers to see the all new E-Pace on Australian soil.

The E-Pace will be officially revealed at the Mastercard Hopman Cup New Year’s Eve Gala and will be on display at the Jaguar marquee from 1 January until the end of the tournament. This will be the first time the vehicle will be on display in Australia. The E-Pace is set for release in Australia in March.

The Mastercard Hopman Cup will take place at Perth Arena from December 30 – January 6.


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November 29, 2017

The new Jaguar E-PACE has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating that confirms the hotly anticipated vehicle as among the safest on the market.

Jaguar’s first compact SUV keeps everyone safe with high scores of 86% for adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupant protection and 77% for pedestrian protection.

The E-PACE scored maximum points in the side barrier, as well as in the side and the frontal offset tests for child occupants. In the pedestrian tests, E-PACE scored highly, particularly for the protection of a pedestrian’s head in the event of a collision.

E-PACE features a comprehensive suite of standard safety systems, including Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. The advanced technology is able to detect a collision risk with cars or pedestrians in the road ahead and automatically apply the brakes.

“Safety is one of our core customer principles and so we’re delighted the Jaguar E-PACE has been recognised by Euro NCAP for its five-star safety credentials. The E-PACE will bring new customers to the Jaguar brand, particularly young families, so safety is an absolute priority and clearly we’ve delivered here. Combined with outstanding design and driving dynamics, the E-PACE is every bit a modern Jaguar”

Nick Rogers, Director Group Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover

By pairing advanced crash protection with active safety systems, E-PACE helps prevent accidents while providing superior passenger safety in the event of a collision.

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November 29, 2017

For the first time ever in North America, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) presented vehicles in each of its three unique categories (SVAutobiography, SVX and SVR) with the debut of the new
2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography, Land Rover Discovery SVX and 2018 Range Sport SVR. The vehicles debuted at an exclusive customer preview at HD in downtown Los Angeles one night before display at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.

The 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography epitomises the ultimate luxury driving while the Land Rover Discovery SVX showcases supreme off-road and unique design elements. Rounding out the SVO trio, the 2018 Range Sport SVR – which was showcased alongside the 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE SVR – outstanding on-road performance and handling.

John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said, “SVO creates vehicles of distinction. Special versions of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles that amplify characteristics of luxury, capability and performance. Our clients love the breadth of opportunities to own one a vehicle design, engineered and by SVO which also meets their precise lifestyle requirements.”

“SVO creates three distinct categories of special vehicles. SVAutobiography is the of peerless luxury, SVX is our new brand dedicated to all-action, all-terrain and SVR is the sign of thrilling performance in and Land Rover vehicles. We are proud to present a of exciting vehicles from SVO together in North America for the first time.”

With the Global Debut of the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography, Land Rover an unprecedented luxury SUV.

Showing the Jaguar SVO capabilities, the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR and Jaguar XE SV Project 8 were also showcased at the event, with the Project 8 announced tonight as the world’s fastest four-door sedan, following a production-intent prototype’s record lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director said, “Jaguar is a performance brand and the F-TYPE SVR and XE SV Project 8 are two of the most powerful Jaguar vehicles that we’ve ever produced – and with the Nürburgring record we’re proud to have the fastest sedan in the world! Working with our Special Vehicle Operations team, we’re able to turn up the performance of our Jaguar vehicles to another level.”


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