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SUBSCRIPTION LINK FIXED

March 30, 2017

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Our good friend and contributor in Texas Ron Wallis has informed me that the subscription link on our website has been going to the e-mail subscription and not the hardcopy magazine.

Our tech man Mike Shaw has now sorted that – so if you are looking to subscribe to our magazine and have it delivered in your letter or post office box you can now go to www.jaguarmagazine.com and do that.

Good old computers – love them and hate them sometimes!

 

 

WELL – LIVING AND LEARNING ABOUT FAMOUS D-TYPES

March 29, 2017

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We have seen this works 1955 Long Nose Le Mans D-Type built for the Cunningham team – twice.  But we haven’t looked hard enough.

That’s even after our major feature on the great Briggs Cunningham in the current edition of Jaguar Magazine.

The rare Long Nose D-Types all had longer bonnets of course, but they also had much wider head rests and tail fins which distinguished them from the production cars.

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In our coming edition we highlight no less than three of the five Long Nose cars built in 1955, of which one was trashed (the Le Mans winner) by Jaguar, one was a reserve – and the other three all ended up in the US with Briggs Cunningham’s team.

You will see exclusive images of those three cars which were all rolled and badly damaged at one race meeting – on one weekend in 1956.

Two of those were later cut up by Jaguar Cars having been repaired by Cunningham, but Briggs kept his XKD507. However, what we didn’t know was that it was rebuilt with a production model headrest, to which was attached the distinctive Alfred Momo fin – Momo being the team’s chief engineer.

Later, the same Long Nose car was fitted with a passenger side door and also a convertible soft top roof by the Cunningham team.  It still has the door.

We missed all of that!

 

The stories of the lives of D-Types in particular goes on.  In our next edition you will see a set of colour images of a monstrous roll over of one car in 1956.

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XE LONG WHEELBASE SPOTTED – autocar

March 28, 2017

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The Jaguar XEL, a long-wheelbase version of the XE compact executive saloon, has been spotted testing in Britain ahead of its market launch in China.

The new saloon will be around 120mm longer than the regular XE in order to offer more space in the back and appeal to Chinese demand for chauffeur-driven models.

Slotting beneath the larger XFL and XJL, which also target China, the XEL will add rear entertainment including screens and controls for the car’s infotainment.

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There could also be an optional massage function, four-way lumber adjustment and window blinds, as seen on the XFL and XJL.

As shown by the development car, there will be no major changes to the car’s design aside from the extended body.

Due to its longer structure, the heavier XEL is likely to forgo the less powerful engines used by the regular XE, which gets turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines with up to 247bhp.

Autocar contacted Jaguar for comment on the model, but the company refrained from confirming its arrival. Nevertheless, the sighting of this development car suggests it could be launched this year.

The Shanghai motor show, which takes place next month, is a possible venue for the car’s debut. Like the other long-wheelbase models, the XEL will almost certainly not be sold in Britain, but it could be offered in other markets outside China.

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HERE ARE SOME OF OUR SPREADS IN #186 – A PEEK

March 27, 2017

Something went a little wrong when I put up the previous post as the spreads didn’t come up!

So here we go again – enjoy few previews.

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It is impossible to retail any magazine via shops to buyers all around the world, and we are, of course, are a niche publication so can’t get into all retail outlets for you.

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We are almost ready to go the printer with our next edition which includes a long test drive of the F-Pace 3.0 litre diesel, the weekend the Cunningham team rolled its THREE Long Nose D-Types(!), getting into the Jaguar Heritage cave which houses its cars not on display, the comeback of the Mk1 saloon  – and the early models XJ-Ss, a tribute to Bill Pitt, winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship in his works-built Mk1 – and much much more including buyers advice for the X-Type.

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SUBSCRIBE NOW FROM OUR COMING EDITION – #186

March 27, 2017

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It is impossible to retail any magazine via shops to buyers all around the world, and we are, of course, are a niche publication so can’t get into all retail outlets for you.

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We are almost ready to go the printer with our next edition which includes a long test drive of the F-Pace 3.0 litre diesel, the weekend the Cunningham team rolled its THREE Long Nose D-Types(!), getting into the Jaguar Heritage cave which houses its cars not on display, the comeback of the Mk1 saloon  – and the early models XJ-Ss, a tribute to Bill Pitt, winner of the Australian Touring Car Championship in his works-built Mk1 – and much much more including buyers advice for the X-Type.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO CONSIDER BUYING VAUXHALL – automotive news

March 27, 2017

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Jaguar Land Rover has been on a roll since separating from Ford in 2008. New models, new engines, new technology and new plants have more than doubled the automaker’s global sales to 583,312 last year.

But now the next — and far more difficult — challenge awaits: growing annual global volume to 1 million vehicles, a goal of JLR’s hard-charging German CEO, BMW-trained Ralf Speth.

Here’s a way JLR could do it quickly and more affordably than bringing back a dead and damaged brand such as Rover: Buy Vauxhall from PSA Group.

With the addition of the Range Rover Velar and the fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery, as well as filling out the Jaguar lineup with the XE compact sedan and F-Pace crossover, JLR’s volume should easily top 600,000 vehicles in 2017 — barring any dramatic economic disruptions.

More derivatives from existing platforms are on the way but will likely add only incremental sales and won’t propel JLR to 1 million light vehicles a year.

Adding Vauxhall to JLR’s corporate garage makes sense for JLR and for PSA. The real prize in the GM deal was Opel, which alone accounts for about 1 million vehicles a year. Vauxhall, consisting of rebadged Opels and sold only in the U.K., is excess baggage for PSA.

Vauxhall, which has its own dealer network and plant in Ellesmere Port, has seen its volume hold steady at around 250,000 vehicles per year in the U.K.

Vauxhall under JLR could expand into segments and markets that are not appropriate for Jaguar- nor Land Rover-badged vehicles.

Also, JLR engineers have been quietly working in India on Tata Motors’ core entry-level vehicles to make them more competitive in that tough market, so JLR engineers are gaining experience working on nonluxury vehicles.

I can envision JLR creating for Vauxhall a Subaru-like lineup of subcompact and compact all-wheel-drive sedans, hatchbacks, wagons and small SUVs powered by three- and four-cylinder Ingenium engines.

BMW is the company JLR has emulated most since the split with Ford. In fact, many of JLR’s top managers come from BMW, so it is no surprise that JLR is beginning to look a lot like a sort of British BMW.

But even BMW has a hedge against economic turmoil with Mini. That is a role that Vauxhall could play at Jaguar Land Rover.

BEST IMAGE YET OF E-PACE – carscoops.com

March 26, 2017

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Not being aware of Jaguar’s naming strategy means that one could be easily fooled into thinking that the E-Pace is an all-electric model.

However, this slot is reserved for the I-Pace, with the new E-Pace to be placed right below the F-Pace in the brand’s crossover lineup, after the British luxury automaker developed a taste for SUVs and is using Land Rover’s know-how in the field.

This prototype was captured on camera by Carscoops reader Misja S. who told us, “I took these pics today in Tessenderlo (Belgium). I guess it’s the new Jaguar E-Pace.”

The smallest crossover in Jaguar’s lineup is better proportioned than its larger sibling with a more steeply raked rear windscreen, but it will adopt some of the F-Pace’s lines along with the familiar grille at the front.

Inside, expect the latest InControl Touch Pro infotainment system from the F-Pace while benefiting from improved interior quality, which will help it go against the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3.

Based on the same underpinnings as the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque, with which it was spied testing together, the Jaguar E-Pace will use a raft of 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel Ingenium engines, producing as much as 240 horses, while a hybrid powertrain could join the family later on.

Jaguar is expected to pull the cover off the new E-Pace this summer.

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WOLD RECORD XJ220 LINE-UP SET FOR SILVERSTONE

March 24, 2017

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Jaguar’s remarkable XJ220 is the latest classic car to receive the record-breaking treatment at the Silverstone Classic.

It’s 25 years since the dramatically-styled, mid-engined, two-seater supercar was first introduced, quickly becoming not only Jaguar’s fastest ever production car (an accolade it still holds today) but also the fastest production car in the world when clocked at a – then peerless – 212.3 mph.

Jaguar produced just 271 XJ220s between 1992 and 1994 in conjunction with its competition partner Tom Walkinshaw Racing – each one priced at a not inconsiderable £470,000. Such is their rarity that, until this summer’s planned gathering at the Silverstone Classic (28-30 July), never have more than a handful ever been seen together.

Now, working closely with renowned XJ220 specialist Don Law Racing, the organisers of the annual Classic are aiming to bring together more than 50 examples for an astonishing display and circuit parade at the end of July.

“We are inviting all XJ220 owners from right round the world to join us for what will be a really special celebration of an often overlooked supercar,” said Law. “We will be bringing along some special models including the Martini car and the MIRA crash test car, and we are also hoping to have one of the factory Le Mans cars here. The largest public gathering of XJ220s in the UK to-date is 20 – our aim for this summer’s Classic is to at least double that.”

The Jaguar XJ220 showcase will take place on the Saturday of the event, with a parade lap involving some specially invited guests who have close associations with the car’s design, development and on-track success.

“The Classic now has quite a reputation for staging these record-breaking parades but, even by our own very high standards, this promises to be something very, very special,” stated Nick Wigley, CEO of event organiser, Goose Live Events. “It all really started back in 2011 with the remarkable cavalcade of 767 E-types, which still holds an official Guinness World Record for a parade of Jaguars. Since then, we’ve seen massive numbers of Aston Martins, Porsche 911s, Ferrari F40s, Ford Mustangs and even grand prix cars all take to the track – and this year, we will add never-before-seen numbers of XJ220s to that incredible roster.”

Although originally conceived to feature a V12 engine plus four-wheel-drive, to meet emissions legislation and performance targets, the showroom XJ220 model arrived with a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 developing 542bhp, delivered to the rear transaxle via a five-speed manual gearbox.

A racing version – called the XJ220-C – was introduced in 1993 to compete in the increasingly important GT class within international sportscar races. Later that year, one of these factory-entered cars driven by David Brabham, David Coulthard and John Nielsen won the GT category at Le Mans only to be controversially excluded by the French organisers.

“When I first saw the XJ220, I must admit I thought it was a sexy-looking beast, but as soon as we started testing it transpired to be difficult to drive,” Brabham recalls. “In fact, by the time we got to Le Mans pre-qualifying, it was pretty scary and tail-happy – not to mention slow.

“A much bigger rear wing was fitted for the race, all of a sudden bringing the car to life – but even then, the week was far from straightforward. Despite a variety of dramas, we fought back against all odds to win our class.

“To represent Jaguar at Le Mans was already something very cool, and to be up on the podium after the race was amazing, with a sea of fans down in the pit-lane below. My brother was one of the overall race winners with Peugeot, so it was a particularly special moment for the Brabham family, celebrating a double victory.

“And then, of course, we got disqualified…”

All those wanting to experience this not-to-be-missed XJ220 celebration can still take advantage of Early Bird tickets, which offer discounts of up to 18 per cent if purchased before the end of March.

 

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WE ARE YOUR OFFICIAL JAGUAR SHOP FOR CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES, MODEL AND EVERYTHING ELSE

March 23, 2017

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Jaguar Magazine is your new shop for everything Jaguar offers in the way of its official merchandise.

Now Jaguar will dispatch your favourite items direct to you or anywhere you wish when you order from us.

If you want to proudly fly the flag for your favourite marque, get a gift or just spoil yourself – just go to our shop at:

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It is that simple.  Enjoy having a look.

 

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F-TYPE RACER – SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

March 23, 2017

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It isn’t official yet, but this artists impression of what the GT4 F-Type might look like is mighty exciting.

The F-Type is an ideal racing candidate with its super-stiff lightweight aluminium body and all of that Jaguar V8 power.

Jaguar also has a long record of building sports racing cars for customers from the XK120, to C-Type, D-Type, Lightweight E-Type etc right through until the start of the Group 44 and TWR eras.

It could also be a toe-in-the-water exercise which eventually leads Jaguar officially back to its spiritual racing home – Le Mans!!!

That is something to really contemplate.

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