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50 SOMETHING YEARS LATER IT COMES HOME

October 9, 2017

Alan Hannah is a keen Jaguar owner and racer in Brisbane.  On hearing about his passion another a friend showed him a trophy he had brought out from England – having bought it at a charity fete.

Thoughtfully, he gave the trophy to Alan, and Alan’s research showed that while it was won at Goodwood by famous Lightweight E-Type period race Peter Lumsden  – it was the last race and trophy won by his Lightweight!

The famous car in question is specially streamlined 49 FXN, and today it is owned and raced by Adam Linderman.  It is the first Low Drag E-Type built, and with Alan Hannah attending the Revival in 2017 he contacted Adam to tell him about the trophy he owned.  It reads:  ‘Goodwood, 3rd April 1965, First Place, PJS Lumsen, Jaguar E, 93.5 mph’.

Well, the good news is that the pair met at the Revival – and the trophy was handed over to owner Adam Linderman.  It has now been reunited with the car for the first time in 52 years!

Nice.

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BATHURST 1985 – FROM OUR RETRO PERSPECTIVE

October 8, 2017

How can I can’t sit and watch a very wet Bathurst 1000 race today on television without my mind going back to 1985.

Our magazine was just 12 months old, and we worked very close then with John Crawford, PR Manager Jaguar Rover Australia.

Thanks to John I spent the entire four days at Bathurst viewing the TWR JRA XJ-S effort and victory from the pits – you are a star JC.

That allowed us to get more inside Jaguar shots than anyone else and information too.

Ot’s time to share a few of them again – and Jaguar will be showing Mike Roddy’s 1985 Bathurst winning XJ-S on its stand next week at the Motorclassica at the Melbourne Exhibition Buildings.

The TWR team members told me at Bathurst that the win there, and the 24 Hour win at Spa, were the two most important victories in the  factory-XJ-S racing career.

This very same car won BOTH of those races!!!

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TOM PETTY’S FAVOURITE CAR WAS HIS XJ-S CONVERTIBLE

October 5, 2017

It was a sad week for all sorts of reasons, but one was the sudden death of US musical superstar Tom Petty at 66 years of age.

Petty was a big car enthusiast too, and his favourite was one of the last XJS models ever made. Introduced in 1975 as a successor to the iconic E-Type,the XJ-S (this was the official name until 1991) was originally offered as a coupe only. Powered by a massive 5.3-liter V-12, the car was gorgeous and on par with Lamborghini and Ferrari products performance-wise. A revised model was launched in 1981, with targa and convertible versions introduced in 1983 and 1988, respectively. An inline-six engine was added. The third-generation model changed the name from XJ-S to XJS and brought more modern styling cues, but the car remained recognizable on the outside. Production of the luxury two-door ended in 1996 when it was replaced by the XK8. That’s when Petty ordered his own.

And his choice had quite the interesting story, as described when he sold the car for charity in 2012.

“I have so many great memories associated with this car,” said Petty. “When I began dating Dana (his wife), I asked her what her favorite car was. So, I phoned the office and said I wanted a champagne convertible Jaguar XJS. The next day, they delivered it to my house and showed me how everything worked, and I took it for a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. I was in heaven, as was Dana. This car has such an incredible design. My favorite car I ever owned. We sure are going to miss it.”

The convertible was auctioned off on eBay, and all proceeds went to Doctors Without Borders, a medical humanitarian organisation.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER HAS BEST SALES MONTH SINCE 2003

October 5, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC today reported September 2017 U.S. sales: Jaguar sales were 3,296 units, a 24 percent increase from 2,662 units in September 2016; Land Rover sales increased 14 percent to 6,407 units from 5,637 in September 2016; Jaguar Land Rover September U.S. sales for both brands hit 9,703 units, a 17 percent increase from 8,299 units in September 2016. Year to date, Jaguar Land Rover is up 13% percent in the United States, building on 2016’s record year sales pace.

“September was a strong month for Jaguar Land Rover in the U.S. with both brands powered by demand for our newest SUV models, the Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velar,” said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. “We look forward to a strong final two months of the year with our strongest lineups ever.”

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INTRODUCING THE FIRST ELECTRIC ENGINED JAGUAR LAND ROVER

October 4, 2017

The new Range Rover Sport is transformed by technology, with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain delivering efficiency, capability and performance like never before.

Today’s reveal follows the news that from 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will have the option of electrification marking the next step on the Great British company’s electrification journey.

In addition to the new petrol-electric hybrid options, every Range Rover Sport now has an enhanced design and new consumer technology. The flagship SVR now delivers 575hp, making it the fastest Range Rover to date with a 0-60mph time of 4.3s. The latest enhancements deliver an SUV on another level of dynamic capability, with breadth of appeal and desirability like no other.

Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern said: “When we started the design process with this new Range Rover Sport, it was important that we maintained its sporting prowess while evolving the exterior design. The addition of design-enabled technologies, such as our new infotainment system and the LED headlights demonstrate our drive towards ever greater desirability for the customer.”

The British-designed, engineered and Solihull-built Range Rover Sport has sold more than 732,000 since it went on sale in 2005. Its unrivalled mix of refinement and exhilarating performance has starred on TV and in movies around the world.

Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks said: “The current Range Rover Sport has performed exceptionally well in the UK market since it was introduced in 2013 selling just shy of 50,000 vehicles to date. Its perfect blend of performance, comfort, utility and off-road prowess make it the perfect all-round luxury vehicle.

“These 2018 updates make the Range Rover Sport an even more attractive proposition with CO2 emissions down to 64g/km and a 101mpg on the combined cycle coupled with new infotainment technology making life simpler. Our efficient diesel and petrol engines are our cleanest ever and remain utterly relevant today on our journey to electrification.”

The latest Range Rover Sport is Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Drivers can select from two driving modes to best suit their needs:

  1. Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines petrol and electric drive. The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by utilising one of two charge management functions:
    • SAVE function – prevents the battery charge dropping below the level which has been selected.
    • Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function – entering a destination in the navigation system utilises GPS altitude data to intelligently optimize the switch between electric motor and petrol engine maximising fuel economy over gradients along the route.
  2. EV (Electric Vehicle) mode – EV mode enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quieter zero emission journeys

 

Designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, the Range Rover Sport will be produced at the company’s Solihull production facility and with deliveries from early 2018.

 

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XF SPORTBRAKE TOWS SKIIER TO 117 MPH RECORD …

October 3, 2017

Former British Olympic Skier Graham Bell has set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the ‘fastest towed speed on skis’, pulled by the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

After only a couple of practice attempts it was clear that Graham and the XF Sportbrake were more than up to the challenge and he went on to smash the target set by GUINESS WORLD RECORDS by over 47mph, achieving an average top speed of 117mph at Jaguar Land Rover’s Arctic Revi Test Centre in Arjeplog, Sweden.

With temperatures of -28C, it was set to be a real challenge for both Graham’s physical limits and the premium estate’s performance. The existing record stood at a fraction under 70mph, but with the XF Sportbrake’s all-wheel drive technology, Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR) and All Surface Progress Control, it comfortably hit the high speeds Graham required to set the record.

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XJ220 AT 25 – AND LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN IT

October 3, 2017

In our next edition we are running a special feature on the XJ220 at 25 years old – at least in production form.

We were very fortunate though to exclusively see the very unusual aluminium sandwich internal structure being hand glued before being covered with the beautiful XJ220 bodies at Abbey Panels – and then the cars being assembled at JagaurSport’s HQ in Bloxham – later to be used to assemble the Aston Martin DB7.

In edition #189 we publish images of the cars being built which you will not see anywhere else.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER RUSHES TO SAUDI WOMEN INTO ITS CARS

October 2, 2017
Companies haven’t wasted any time courting the 9 million potential customers unlocked when Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women drivers. The decision has lit up social media, with both cheers and jeers for the ruling, which takes effect in June.

Also joining the chorus are automakers looking to capitalise on the move, racing each other to get their first words out to woo prospective female drivers in the Middle East’s biggest economy. In a Twitter post titled “Welcome to the driver’s seat,” Ford Motor attached an image of a pair of woman’s eyes appearing in a rear-view mirror against a black background.

In another tweet under the hashtag #SaudiWomenCanDrive, it offered a “dream car” to a women’s rights campaigner by putting up a picture of a bright yellow Mustang racing in a tunnel.

Jaguar and Land Rover posted an image of a handbag spilling out a car key, lipstick and a bottle of perfume among other items, with titles that say “Adventure awaits you” and “The road is yours”.

The move by King Salman bin Abdulaziz to issue driver’s licenses to women is part of a larger effort to modernise and diversify the kingdom’s economy and reduce its reliance on oil.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO PART WAYS WITH FORD BY 2020

September 29, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will stop sourcing it’s petrol engines built at Ford’s (F.N) plant in Bridgend, Wales, after ending its current contract earlier than expected in 2020, creating uncertainty over around 750 jobs.

“Given our long-established and successful relationship in the delivery of world-class engines, this is disappointing news for the Ford Bridgend Engine Plant.”

 JLR is ending the long-standing relationship in September 2020, three months earlier than planned, a source close to the arrangements said.

Around 750 workers, about half of the plant’s total, are dedicated to JLR production, the source said.

Ford said it would “continue to look at other high technology opportunities for Bridgend in the future.”

JLR opened a new engine plant in England’s West Midlands in 2014, and in 2015 announced a plan to double its size, taking total investment to about 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion).

“Ford has been, and remains, an important strategic supplier to Jaguar Land Rover under an agreement which was negotiated to support our business until the end of the decade,” it said.

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JAGUAR SET TO DEVELOP DRIVERLESS MODELS IN LIMERICK

September 28, 2017

Jaguar is set to announce a huge investment locally in a move which could bring a major jobs boost to the region, the Limerick Leader has learned.

Executives from the British company have been viewing locations in the city and the Shannon area with a view to opening a design centre in the region.

While the IDA and Jaguar were staying tight lipped this Wednesday, it’s understood company bosses have settled on a new 50,000 square feet office development in the Shannon Free Zone.

This followed meetings with IDA Ireland executives and leading business people.

It is understood that the initial jobs could be in the order of 30, rising to a figure in the hundreds, according to an industry source.

The facility will provide back office support services to Jaguar, which is headquartered near Coventry in Britain’s West Midlands.

Staff will, it is understood, also assist in the continuing development of Jaguar’s new self-driving cars.

“We’re very excited by this – it will be a great brand to get into the area,” a well-placed source told this newspaper.

It’s understood Ireland’s beneficial corporate tax regime was a major attractor to Jaguar, now owned by Indian firm Tata.

On top of this, the firm is also seeking a European base following Britain’s decision last year to quit the European Union. Ireland is set to be the only English speaking country in the European Union post Brexit.

Fianna Fail’s spokesperson on enterprise and jobs Niall Collins said: “It’s great news. It’s great to see a blue-chip employer showing interest in the region. These will no doubt be high-end, well-paid jobs.”

He said that although Jaguar may be based in the Shannon Free Zone, Limerick will feel a strong benefit – with the business park already providing employment to many families across the county already.

Jaguar is developing new self-driving cars, with tests currently under way.

The firm has said it will create a fleet of more than 100 of these vehicles over the next four years to test autonomous and connected technology, with the first hitting the streets later this year.

Jaguar has said these prototypes allows driving in complex environments without any driver involvement.

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