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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.
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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JAGUAR SIGNS ON FOR HOPMAN CUP IN PERTH

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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E-PACE ACHIEVES FIVE-STAR EURO NCAP RATING

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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JAGUAR LAND ROVER HIGHLIGHTS THREE CATEGORIES WITHIN SVO

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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FOR THE TWR TEAM GUYS WHO MADE TWR JAGUAR SO SUCCESSFUL – WHERE ARE YOU NOW?

November 29, 2017

I know a lot of the TWR Engineers I met back in the days when Jaguar won Spa, Bathurst, Le Mans, Daytona, two World Sportscar Championships and more are members of our Facebook family, and recently they have been having a bit of reunion on social media on their own site.

I have therefore scanned a load of photos I took then, have in the Jaguar Magazine archive, and highlight those blokes at the pointy end who were mostly ignored by printed media as it was back then.  The late Andrew Whyte was a mentor, and he loved to feature those vitally important people.

So here they are – from Bathurst in 1985 and most of the way through into the 90s.

Can you identify team members from these shots which include the amazing Le Mans wins in 1988 and 1990?

Great times indeed and they need to be matched again – Le Mans is IT for Jaguar.  I love the thought of electric power where ever that takes racing – but it is about Le Mans – the race.

Go right to the end of this post to see all the pics.

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JAGUAR LAUNCHES LIMITED ‘ LOVE EDITION’ XEL IN CHINA – China Daily

November 29, 2017

Chinese car brands love to launch weird celebrity-endorsed special editions of their cheaper cars. It is however very rare for a foreign premium-car maker to do such a thing. But Jaguar did! And how!

Jaguar is launching an XEL Love Edition, complete with an androgyn celebrity.

 

The XEL Love Edition celebrates the launch of the Jaguar XEL (usually referred to as the XE L), the long-wheelbase version of the Jaguar XE sedan, which is made in China by the Chery-JLR joint venture. The slogan for the Jaguar XEL Love Edition is: Love Is XEL.

 

So who is this little cherry? The endorsing celebrity is called William Chan. William is a singer and actor from the former British colony Hong Kong, a nice match for the formerly British brand Jaguar. William Chan was born in 1985 and started his career with a boy band called Sun Boy’z. Enough said.

 

Jaguar has a timer on its website showing the days we still have to wait for the XEL Love Edition. Would you wish time would go faster? Well, maybe not, because you would have to hurry even more; as the XEL Love Edition isn’t just some edition, oh no, it is a…. limited edition!

Yes. They will only make 100 of them.

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PROJECT 8 – FAST FOUR DOOR AROUND NURBURGRING – AND COMING TO LA AUTO SHOW

November 28, 2017

Jaguar’s SVO-developed XE SV Project 8 is now the world’s fastest four-door car, following a production-intent prototype’s record lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The incredible time of 7min 21.23sec is nearly 11 seconds quicker than the previous fastest sedan around the legendary 20.8km German circuit and puts the 441kW Project 8 ahead of some of the world’s fastest two-door coupés and supercars.

Mark Stanton, SVO Director, said: “The SVO design and engineering team’s mission was to create the most track-focused road-legal Jaguar in history – not only the fastest, but also the most agile. As a result, only the roof and front door skins of Project 8’s body are carried-over unaltered from XE and 75 per cent of its mechanical hardware is new. This astonishing Nürburgring Nordschleife record validates the success of such extensive changes.”

John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, added: “SVO exists to push the boundaries of performance, luxury and all-terrain capability. The hand-assembled XE SV Project 8 takes that principle to the limit, extracting supercar-beating performance from Jaguar’s most compact four-door sedan. The Nürburgring Nordschleife record underlines our commitment to deliver the most extreme Jaguar ever to Project 8 clients, who will soon experience this sensational sedan for themselves.”

Now the world’s fastest four-door car has sped from the record books to the Jaguar stand at the LA Auto Show.

It will one segment of Jaguar Land Rover’s huge displays at the show which begins of Friday.

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