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NEW BOND 007 ELEMENTS STARRING JAGUAR AND LAND ROVER OPENS

July 14, 2018

007 ELEMENTS, an exciting new James Bond experience built inside the summit of the Gaislachkogl mountain in Sölden, Austria, is now open to the public.

The cinematic installation was opened by actress Naomie Harris who plays Moneypenny (Spectre, Skyfall) and Jakob Falkner Managing Director of Bergbahnen Sölden.

Visitors can learn how the thrilling action sequences in Spectre were filmed in Sölden and see interactive displays with Jaguar Land Rover technology. The iconic Land Rover Defender driven by villain Hinx’s henchmen is situated on the cliff edge and the Range Rover Sport SVR driven by Hinx (Dave Bautista) is also on display.

The latest Jaguar Land Rover technology is on show with features from the all-new electric Jaguar I-PACE performance SUV and artificial intelligence systems.

Jaguars and Land Rovers have appeared in nine Bond films since 1983, when Roger Moore’s Bond escaped in a Range Rover Classic convertible driven by Bianca (Tina Hudson).

Laura Wood, Head of Brand and Partnerships at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are very excited to reach the 35th anniversary of the collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover and the Bond franchise.

“007 ELEMENTS showcases the long-standing unique partnership which is still demonstrated today, with more than 70 Jaguar Land Rover vehicles used in the most recent film, Spectre.”

At more than 3,000m above sea level, 007 ELEMENTS is the highest experience of its kind taking visitors on a journey through nine galleries and a plaza with stunning Alpine views. The dramatic spaces complete with an immersive soundscape showcase the fundamental elements that define the James Bond films – placing visitors inside the world of 007 and revealing how that world is made.

EON Productions’ Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “We are truly proud to be in partnership with Jakob Falkner and launching our latest experience, 007 ELEMENTS, on the very mountaintop in Sölden where we filmed Spectre. Architect Johann Obermoser, our Art Director Neal Callow and Tino Schaedler have created a Bondian lair worthy of a Ken Adam set in which visitors immediately become enveloped in the cinematic world of 007.” 

007 ELEMENTS is accessed via the Gaislachkoglbahn Gondola in the resort village of Sölden. Open daily from 09:00 to 15:30, tickets are available online or from the Bergbahnen Sölden ticket offices and cost €22 for adults, €12 for children. For further information or to book tickets, please visit: 007elements.com

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KATHERINE LEGGE RACING I-PACE FOR RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN

July 14, 2018

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that experienced sports car and open-wheel racing driver Katherine Legge will drive one of the team’s two Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series electric racecars during the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E season. An American-themed livery will be unveiled by RLL co-owner Bobby Rahal, Legge and team officials at the New York E-Prix 2017/2018 season-finale this weekend.

“I am very proud to be driving in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Formula E series for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” said Katherine Legge. “I have followed Formula E since its inception and have been very impressed with the growth in the electric car market and electric racing as a whole. I have also wanted to drive for Bobby for the past 10 years or more so this for me is the realization of a dream. Driving for a British brand like Jaguar on a global stage and ‘racing to innovate’ sounds like the best kind of challenge to me. I’m excited!”

RLL first announced participation in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series, the world’s first production-based electric vehicle race series, in November 2017. The team will announce the second driver prior to their first test session which is expected to take place in September in the UK.

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JAGUAR MAKES I-PACE DRIVING EVEN EASIER

July 12, 2018

Jaguar has launched an intelligent app to help drivers experience life with its all-electric I-PACE before even getting behind the wheel.

The Go I-PACE app captures journey data to calculate potential cost savings, show how much battery would be used per trip and tell users how many charges they would need in a week if they were driving the I-PACE.

As it builds a unique picture of a vehicle’s use, the app will even show how many journeys, if any, would have needed a stop to charge the EV’s advanced Lithium-ion battery. Journeys over 50 miles represent only two per cent of all UK trips*. I-PACE, which has a maximum range of 298 miles (WLTP), could complete 98 per cent of these using just a fraction of a single charge.

When opening the app, users can enter the real-world fuel economy of their existing vehicle to calculate the cost savings switching to the I-PACE would deliver. Once enough journeys have been logged, the app will estimate the range drivers can expect to achieve from a full charge. An interactive map allows users to search for the nearest charging points along a chosen route or within a local area.

Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar I-PACE said:  “Making the switch to EV ownership is a big decision. We’re confident anyone who experiences the I-PACE will relish its engaging driving dynamics, performance, practicality and comfort. What a test drive doesn’t show is the lower running costs and convenience of living with our electric performance SUV on a daily basis. The Go I-PACE app is designed to help potential customers make an informed decision.”

Compatible with Apple operating systems and coming soon for Android, the Go I-PACEapp runs in the background and uses the device’s location services to track individual journeys. It can also distinguish between different modes of transport to make sure it collects accurate data, even prompting users to confirm that individual trips were made by car for unusual routes – for instance on journeys made by cycling rather than behind the wheel.

Jaguar has teamed up with presenter and independent EV expert Robert Llewelyn to demonstrate the Go I-PACE app: https://youtu.be/KZwyNDcSfOI

Robert Llewelyn, EV expert and Fully Charged Show Creator, said:  “It can be hard for drivers to understand how an EV would fit into their day-to-day lives. The Go I-PACE app makes this possible by providing personalised information about how the Jaguar I-PACE could work for them based on real-world data. I’ve no doubt the app will surprise many users with the scale of the potential cost savings and by revealing how little change to their driving habits I-PACE ownership would actually make.”

During Robert’s week he drove 364 miles over 19 journeys, costing £66 in petrol. The same mileage in the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE would have cost just £24, translating to a potential average annual saving of over £1,100 based on 10,000 miles. Calculations are based on accredited data sources, using national monthly electricity, petrol and diesel costs from market-appropriate government information.

The Jaguar I-PACE can achieve a 0-80 per cent charge in 85 minutes (50kW DC rapid) and can achieve the same level in just over 10 hours using a residential AC wall box (7kW), ideal for overnight charging at home. When plugged in, owners can even choose the time at which their vehicle begins charging, to take advantage of cheaper energy tariffs.

A suite of smart range-optimising technologies includes a battery pre-conditioning system that, when plugged in, will automatically raise or lower the temperature of the battery to maximise range ahead of driving away.

Owners can also take advantage of software updates that ensure I-PACE is always running the latest version.

PREVIEW OF EDITION #194

July 11, 2018

This is our cover and there are great stories:

The 50th anniversary the great XJ saloon.

70 years of the XK

The under heralded Bob Blake – key to Cunningham and Jaguar successes

Twin road test comparisons of the XF diesel saloon and the petrol F-Pace

David Hobbs- ex-Daimler and Jaguar Apprentice and even XJ13 tester who became a racing and media star

Le Mans historic meeting

XJ-R – X300 model ownership

… and Bruce McLaren’s factory competition Mk2 chassis #14 – alive and very well.

… and that’s just the start of what is in this magazine.

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BOB JANE’S LIGHTWEIGHT E-TYPE

July 10, 2018

This evocative shot, taken at the Easter meeting at Bathurst in 1965, shows the 10th of 12 Lightweight E-Types built coming down through the treacherous and infamous ‘Dipper’ at the top of the ‘Mountain’.

Jane beat arch rival Leo Geoghegan (following here) in a Lotus Elan in two races, the cars reaching 148 and 142 mph respectively coming down Con Rod Straight.

Jane raced the car in England, and at its first race (which was in Australia) he won the Australian GT Championship (November, 1963).

He sold the Lightweight at auction in 1980 for AUD$80,000.  Its most recent sale saw it bring close to AUD$9,000,000.

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IT’S THE F-PACE SVO DEBUT – AT FESTIVAL OF SPEED

July 6, 2018

The 5.0-litre supercharged V8 F-PACE SVR will be roaring up the famous hillclimb at Goodwood Festival of Speed for its UK dynamic debut, as part of an action-packed Jaguar show.

With sports car performance and SUV styling, the F-PACE SVR accelerates from 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds, accompanied by the charismatic soundtrack from the Variable Valve Exhaust System – 6.6kg lighter than the unit on a standard F-PACE. Designed and engineered by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the F-PACE SVR also features an uprated chassis and improved aerodynamics.

The performance show-stoppers from Jaguar continue at Goodwood, with the most powerful Jaguar ever – the 600PS XE SV Project 8 – also taking to the hill, alongside the Invictus GT4 Racing F-TYPE SVR, campaigned in the British GT series.

Festival of Speed visitors will have their very first opportunity to see the Jaguar XJ50, a special edition model designed to celebrate 50 years of the iconic XJ saloon. The XJ50 will appear alongside Jaguar’s revolutionary new I-PACE all-electric SUV on the Jaguar Land Rover stand, as part of the brand’s largest ever presence at Festival of Speed.

Located alongside the Jaguar Land Rover stand is Jaguar’s exhilarating F-TYPE Drift Experience, allowing fans to see, hear and feel the raw performance of a Jaguar sports car drifting in the hands of a professional driver. The experience will be running throughout the show, accessed from the Jaguar Land Rover stand.

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I-PACE – ‘CAR OF THE YEAR’ 50 YEARS AFTER THE XJ!

July 4, 2018

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has been named Car of the Year at the 2018 Auto Express New Car Awards with Editor-in-Chief Steve Fowler describing it as: “the most exciting new car we’ve tested over the past 12 months.”

Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle also collected the Electric Car of the Year title at the annual awards held in London last night.

The Jaguar I-PACE is the electric vehicle drivers have been waiting for. Clean, smart and safe, the I-PACE delivers sustainable sports car performance, next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) technology and five-seat SUV practicality to place Jaguar at the forefront of the EV revolution.

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief of Auto Express said: “The I-PACE proves that brilliant electric cars are right here, right now – it’s the most exciting new car we’ve tested over the past 12 months. We love the way it looks, the space and quality of the interior and most of all that it drives exactly how a modern-day Jaguar should – it’s fantastic fun. On top of all that, it’ll cover city-to-city distances on a single charge in complete comfort – it’s a massively impressive car that bodes well for our electric future.”

The all-electric I-PACE is fitted with a state-of-the-art 90kWh Lithium-ion battery, two Jaguar-designed in-house motors and a bespoke aluminum structure for 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and a range of 298 miles (WLTP).

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July 3, 2018

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER AUSTRALIA – NEW HEAD ANNOUNCED

July 3, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover Australia has announced the appointment of its new Managing Director, Mark Cameron. This announcement is effective 2nd July, 2018.

Mark will move from his current position, Global Experiential Marketing Director, where he has led the creation and execution of the global sponsorship and experiential marketing strategy for Jaguar and Land Rover.

Previously Mark has held senior leadership positions in Mazda in both Sales and Marketing where, he was responsible for significant growth of the brand in the UK market.

“I am delighted to be joining and leading the Jaguar Land Rover team in Australia.” said Mark Cameron, Managing Director Jaguar Land Rover Australia.

“Both our brands have seen significant growth over the last few years and I believe the Australian market provides great opportunity for this to continue. My focus will be on exciting our customers through world class products and services and providing a stable and profitable long term business for our partners.”

Mark will commence in the role on a business travel basis visiting the market for extended periods throughout July to September.

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ULTIMATE TIME-WARP XJ-S FOR SALE – WITH 840 MILES

June 29, 2018

Like a unique piece of china, rare coin, or one-of-a-kind ornament, well-preserved collectible cars can be worth a small fortune if you wrap them in cotton wool and barely drive them.

However,  a Jaguar being sold at auction next month has proved that sticking a potential future classic in storage for 28 years can backfire.

The model in question is a 1990 XJS V12 HE that’s covered just 840 miles from new and remains almost in the same condition it was when it left the factory almost three decade ago.

So you might assume it is worth a fair whack by today’s standards? However, it’s only valued at half the price the first owner would have paid for it.

It highlights that if you do the sums and adjust for inflation, stashing a car away is not always a sure fire investment.

Delivered by the Bristol Motor Company to the first owner on the 19th May 1990, Silverstone Auctions has described the timewarp Jaguar XJS HE Automatic as a ‘rare find indeed’.

It is offering the coupe at a UK auction next month with an estimate in the region of £35,000 to £40,000.

Hagerty Classic Insurance values a concours-condition XJS V12 HE at £13,500 today, while a shabbier example will only set you back around £3,900. That means the estimate for this almost unused one is a significant premium.

But while that might sound like lot of money, it’s almost exactly the same price it was when it originally rolled off the production line almost three decades ago.

That’s because the list price of this car in 1990, according to Jaguar Classics, was £34,200.

Even allowing for it selling at the top end of the estimate, with the hammer going down at £40,000, with the impact of inflation taken into account this untouched gem has halved in value.

Despite having barely been used in a conscious effort to safeguard it, the higher estimate is less than half the inflation-adjusted original price, which works out at £81,014 – according to This is Money’s inflation calculator.

This will be music to the ears of enthusiasts and traditionalists among the classic car world who might not agree with the idea of shoving unused vehicles into storage to profit from potential future values, instead of driving and enjoying them.

Silverstone Auctions, who is selling the preserved Jaguar XJS, said it still has a hint of that new-car smell despite being 28 years old

As you can see, the engine bay is almost as clean as it was when the car left the production line. Unfortunately – for the seller – the efforts to preserve it haven’t made them a profit.

The mint condition Jaguar is still expected to draw plenty of attention, as not too many opportunities will arise in the future to own one that’s barely turned a wheel in almost three decades.

There’s barely a hint of wear and tear on the burgundy metallic paint and no signs of tugs or splits in the cream leather interior.

Even the mahogany dashboard, centre console panels and door inserts have the fresh glossy coat of lacquer it was first graced with.

Silverstone Auctions even claims it ‘even retains some of that distinctive new car smell’.

Under the bonnet, the 5.3-litre V12 engine is spotless and should retain all 299bhp it left the factory with.

The first owner took delivery in 1990 and kept it in storage for the next 25 years.

The current vendor bought the vehicle in 2015 and has barely put a mile on the classy British coupe since.

All the original books, manuals and service documentation is present along with some previous MOT forms.

The auction takes place at Silverstone race circuit in Northamptonshire on 21 and 22 July.

It will be offered to the highest bidder alongside a 1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth with 10,840 miles on the clock that’s predicted to sell for a more impressive £105,000.

Some 21 years ago, the fast Ford would have cost £19,950 new.

That works out an inflation-adjusted £55,685, so the Sierra Cosworth at least is almost twice as valuable today as it was when first sold.