November 1, 2017

One of most loyal and favoured advertisers, XKs Unlimited in California, has been sold by Jason Len to Moss Motors, Ltd.

XKs Unlimited specialises in parts for a wide range of Jaguars including the iconic and desirable Jaguar XKs and E-Types. Serving the Jaguar enthusiasts since 1973, XKs Unlimited has always prided itself on its selection of parts, great customer service and dedication to the Jaguar community. This legacy of commitment to supplying Jaguar owners with the parts they need to restore and maintain their classic cats will now continue with the support and guidance of Moss Motor’s nearly 70 years of experience in the British car parts and restoration business.

The addition of XKs Unlimited’s operations, personnel and expertise to the Moss Motors, Ltd. family further solidifies Moss’s leadership in the vintage British car parts marketplace and creates a one-stop source for Jaguar, MG, Triumph, Austin Healey and classic Mini restoration shops, service providers and owners alike. “We’ve always prided ourselves on doing everything we could to keep these unique and fun British cars on the road,” says Moss Motors Chairman, Robert Goldman. “Moss started out servicing and supplying parts for British sports cars including Jaguars here in California almost 70 years ago, and even owned the local Jaguar dealership for many years. We’ve sold Jaguar and classic British car parts to our valued customers ever since, so adding XKs Unlimited to our family just reinforces our commitment to all the British marques, but especially our Jaguar heritage.”

Regarding the acquisition, XKs Unlimited founder, Jason Len said, “With my desire to concentrate more on my first love, the direct restoration of classic Jaguars and British sports cars, I will continue on with the ownership of the restoration shop at the same location, but with the new name XKs Motorsport.  I just felt I needed to find someone that would take good care of our longtime XKs Unlimited customers; to find the right stewards for our parts side of the business.” “And with Moss Motors’ already existing support of Jaguar and their great reputation for customer service and value; everything just came together.”

XKs Unlimited is a classic Jaguar parts specialist founded in 1973 and located in San Luis Obispo, California.

Moss Motors, Ltd., founded in 1948 is a multi-national warehouse distributor, manufacturer and retailer of performance, restoration and replacement parts for vintage British and specialty market vehicles including Jaguar, MG, Triumph, Austin Healey, classic Mini and Miata. Moss Motors, Ltd. is THE SOURCE for your classic British car needs. Moss Motors, Ltd. 440 Rutherford Street, Goleta, CA 93117.

We wish Jason a happy future, and have followed his world travels on Facebook for some time – well deserved Jason, and thanks from me and Jaguar Magazine.



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October 31, 2017

The Jaguar XJ will retain its place as the range-topping model in Jaguar’s line-up in its next generation, according to design boss Ian Callum.

Callum said there was now a “consensus” within the company that the XJ, rather than a large SUV, will remain the firm’s flagship, even if such a model does eventually appear. To that end, a ‘J-Pace’ model (pictured below), to sit above the F-Pace in Jaguar’s SUV range, is still expected, albeit with careful positioning.

“An SUV was discussed but it’s not the mainstay of the brand,” Callum told Autocar.

 “There’s more sophistication for a flagship sedan than a flagship SUV. Only one brand can have an SUV as its flagship due to its origins and that’s Land Rover.”

Callum said the very idea of a saloon needed to be reinvented, following the rapid rise of the SUV, the issue of electrification and the fact that markets such as North America have started taking to hatchbacks with the success of Tesla.

Jaguar will continue with SUVs, though, according to Callum, and ensure they are always “sporty ones”. On the current XJ, Callum said its design remains popular because it is “different” to its rivals. He added:

“The coupé profile is something I obsessed over. Some people don’t agree with it. Everything else is three-box; people simplify and categorise things. (If you do that), you lose the opportunity to define in your own way. The XJ covers that well.”

Callum admitted the XJ was “a personal thing for me”, and he saw it as “a fundamental part of Jaguar”. He added: “It’s there and it says what Jaguar is about.”


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October 30, 2017

I don’t think it has been thoroughly analysed before because it never raced and ran out of time – but could the XJ13 have won at Le Mans against the might of Ford and its GT40?

We have now conducted a very thorough examination the facts and direct comparisons, and you may be surprised at our independent conclusions.

More than that even – why didn’t the XJ13, especially since it had a purpose-built new quad cam V12 engine, ever race?

1964 Ford GT

We have found out why, and why the entire secret programme stalled and caused a huge amount of angst amongst Jaguar’s Experimental Department engineers and test drivers – some of whom raced the GT40 or other similar sportscars at the time!

Through Lofty England, Jaguar even borrowed a GT40 from Ford Advance Vehicles to examine, and we find the very same car.  We also investigate the scale of the Ford effort to win Le Mans with the GT40 thanks to the late-Frank Gardner who was part of it’s Le Mans programme on multiple occasions.

It is a fascinating story, and also a tribute to the brilliance of Jaguar’s minuscule team of engineers.


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October 25, 2017

Formula E is good and something for the future of motor cars, a little strange today though with Renault pulling and out and Nissan coming into the series.

However, Jaguar’s heart, soul and emotions are all to do with roaring sportscars at Le Mans.

This is not a campaign by us or me, that is none of our business, but having been at Le Mans every year Jaguar raced there as a factory team between 1987 and 1993, and having seen the crowds and their outrageous passion there for Jaguar – wouldn’t it be wonderful to see Jaguar return again?

It has won seven times, but today that palls beside Porsche – yet Jaguar beat them face to face in its two more recent victories there.

So, I am just putting the through out there again.

Race Formula E, that’s fine, but it will never come close to a factory team contesting for the top step of the podium at Le Mans.

Jaguar’s heritage and ‘brand’ is built on it.

Just saying …  What do you reckon?

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October 23, 2017

Jaguar development drivers are pushing the brand’s most powerful road-going car, the XE SV Project 8, to its limit at the Nürburgring, with the objective of setting a new lap record.

The 592bhp saloon model, a Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) creation, is at the end of its pre-production schedule and on course for customer deliveries from May 2018. Jaguar is understood to be eager to secure the fastest time for four-door models around Germany’s Green Hell.

The car, which is the brand’s second special edition following the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 in 2014, will have to beat the current quickest four-door, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and its 7min 32sec time. The XE’s advantage will come with its much clearer track focus, which makes it so far removed from the regular XE that it will be hand-built at SVO’s Technical Centre in Coventry rather than at the regular plant in Solihull.


Like the Project 7, the special XE model makes use of Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. But power has been ramped up to unprecedented levels, peaking at 23bhp more than the special-edition F-Type. The XE SV is all-wheel drive, rather than being rear-driven like the Project 7, and uses a specially tuned version of its eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

The Project 8 is Jaguar’s most accelerative current model, with a 0-60mph time of 3.3sec beating the all-wheel-drive F-Type SVR by two-tenths. This edges the XE SV into the realms of the Porsche 911 GT3 and ahead of fellow limited-run track special, the BMW M4 GTS.

Jaguar’s £149,995 model uses racing-specification bodywork to produce downforce. It gets an adjustable front splitter, a flat underbody, a rear diffuser and carbonfibre bumper, and an adjustable rear wing.

Although the exterior looks broadly similar to the regular XE, it has been extensively reworked: 75% of the bodywork is new, with only the front doors and roof unchanged from the production models. In particular, the front headlights have been moved forward by 14mm to allow for extra cooling and engine work.


The Project 8 gets a bespoke carbonfibre bonnet that’s 3kg lighter than the production version. It also includes an air extraction duct for extra engine cooling.

Its widened body features arches that extend 55mm further out to accommodate the 305-width tyres. The revised panels required SVO engineers to also install custom-made rear doors.

The car’s exterior has been developed with wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics simulations. Jaguar says it has achieved a 205% reduction in lift in Track mode, with the car producing more than 122kg of downforce at 186mph.

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October 23, 2017

We have never had an special sale like this before – but with Christmas coming – or just as a special offer – we are reducing the cost of the annual subscription by more than 50%!

Nothing is any different, and you will have the magazine delivered to your post box – anywhere in the world.

We have a brand new edition straight out from the printer, and another before Christmas – making this a great opportunity to get a that Jaguar gift for the person in your life who loves the marque, or simply for yourself.

Total pricing (including postage) for all countries is on our website store.

We welcome you to the Jaguar Magazine Family.


October 21, 2017

Our main business is to get a new Jaguar Magazine out six times per year, but for unexpected reasons – we are late with #189 and I apologise.

We will be back on track though for the final one of 2017.

However, edition #189 is now available in digital at Magzter, will in the shops next week – or is at our website ( where you can have it delivered to you anywhere in the world.

In edition #189 we have 10 feature pages on the Goodwood Revival, the Hampton Court Concours d’Elegance and other events which Ron Gaudion attended this year with ex-Works and Ecurie Ecosse D-Type XKD603 owner Clive Beecham.  The rest of the world now knows the unique Australian who built two of the three Le Mans winning D-Types, and prepared and crewed ALL of the Le Mans winning D-Types!  You can meet the very fit and healthy 88 year old star.

We spent a week with the six cylinder supercharged F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe and tell you what we thought of it.

It is 25 years since the XJ220 went into production.  We celebrate the milestone and bring you information on the model you probably didn’t know.

… and what about a brand new all-aluminium Lightweight E-Type, with a wide angle head, dry sumping and all of the other right bits – but built for road use.  We spent time in that one too and give you our impressions.

Plus Pebble Beach, remembering the man who invested Jaguar Land Rover’s revolutionary self-piercing revet – and lots more.

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October 20, 2017

Now here’s a treat for Jaguar enthusiasts.  Design boss, Ian Callum, was frustrated (his own words) when the XK was discontinued in 2014 following the launch of the new F-Type. “I had quite different ideas on how to carry four people quickly around the world,” he told Autocar.

If Callum had his way, the XK may very likely make its return as a grand tourer, perhaps with a larger footprint. The F-Type on the other hand is more like a luxury sports car than a true grand tourer. “I want a two-seater and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design. That’s what we do,” said Callum.

It won’t be easy though, because at the end of the day it’s down to convincing the board that there is an actual market for a true GT car to be sold alongside a sporty coupe. Apparently, Jaguar had already designed a successor to the XK but was scrapped in favour of the F-Type. “The F-Type was never meant to kill the XK,” added Callum.


As it stands, the XK, or whatever the Jaguar design team is calling it, remains as an unofficial project, especially for Ian Callum.

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October 19, 2017

The National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), at the University of Warwick , will become the driving force behind the future of the UK’s automotive sector.

It will be the largest automotive research and development facility in Europe and is a long term partnership between Jaguar Land Rover , Tata and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG).

The building will allow the UK to lead the global motor industry as the conversion to electric power gathers pace.

It will create 1,000 new direct jobs, help underpin 3,000 supply chain roles and train the talent required to meet the demands of emerging technologies.

Ahead of its completion, in summer 2018, the Telegraph was invited to take a look around the under construction site as the external grounds were finished off.

What will the centre do?

The National Automotive Innovation Centre will be a state of the art centre of excellence and innovation for the automotive centre.

It will house approximately 1,000 scientists, engineers, academics, technicians and support staff working on the automotive technology of the future.

It will focus on electric vehicles, including energy storage and e-drives; carbon reduction, including hybrids, weight reduction and composites; and smart connected vehicles, including on-vehicle competence, driver assist, and cyber security.

John O’Connor Director and Head of Tata Motors European Technical Centre, Rosie Drinkwater Director of Finance,University of Warwick, Professor Dr Ralf Speth Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya Chairman and Founder of WMG and Leo Quinn Group Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty.

Who is paying for it?

A total of £150m is being invested in the National Automotive Innovation Centre building by the partners involved in the project – WMG, Tata and Jaguar Land Rover.

The government has also provided £15million of funding to support the capital project.

It was designed by Cullinan Studio and is being constructed by Balfour Beatty.

It will be the biggest building on the university’s campus and will occupy 33,000m2 next to WMG’s current facilities on the University of Warwick campus.

What Jaguar Land Rover, Tata and WMG say

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s chief executive, said: “NAIC will play an important role in shaping future mobility.

“The finest minds of academia, suppliers and OEMs will work together to define our vision of ‘destination zero’ – zero emissions, accidents and congestions.

“It will create new opportunities out of the forthcoming technology change from the Internal Combustion Engine to smart mobility with autonomous, connected and electrified vehicles.”

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October 16, 2017

Design bosses at both Land Rover and Jaguar see merit in more models wearing the new SVX badge for extreme off-roaders, following last month’s launch of the Discovery SVX.

The SVX badge is the work of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations unit, which is designed to signify the most off-road-focused variants.

Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern has told Autocar that the new badge would be appropriate for Discovery models and “arguably Defender” when that launches later in the decade , but less so for a Range Rover.

Jaguar design director Ian Callum, who gave the E-Pace SUV a public debut at the September show, has said the badge could be possible on a Jaguar too.

“We don’t talk a lot about the [off-road] ability of our cars because they’re road-biased,” he explained. “But they could have that capability as we have the tech in the group. I see the opportunity – if Land Rover can do SVR, we can do SVX.”

The toughness of the Discovery SVX also helps fill the gap in the Land Rover range before the new Defender is launched, according to McGovern. The “ultimate capability machine will be Defender”, he said, but noted the Discovery is “equally capable”. He added: “This is doing that [job] until it arrives.”

McGovern revealed the plush premium execution of the Discovery SVX – what he described as “premium durability” – was a direction the Defender was likely to follow.

“We have to stop thinking about function in a durable way,” McGovern said. “When you’re buying into the brand, you’re buying a premium product.”

He highlighted that materials can be both premium and durable, such as the satin paint finish, and while the SVX badge had moved the Discovery in a more extreme direction, it had also made it more premium.

“It’s not cheap,” McGovern said. “There are sophisticated surfaces, the premium durability. You think of stripping down to basics [for extreme off-road vehicles] but I don’t think people want that any more.”

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