Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled three ground breaking new vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show – the Range Rover Velar, Jaguar I-PACE Concept and ‘Project Hero’ a bespoke humanitarian version of the Land Rover Discovery.
The Range Rover Velar and, for the first time in Europe, the Jaguar I-PACE Concept represent major innovations in their segments, sharing a compelling combination of iconic British design and creative engineering.
‘Project Hero’ has been created by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations in partnership with the Austrian Red Cross features innovative drone technology and will be trialled by emergency response teams over the next year.
Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is a technology company, creating world-class premium cars. Today, we have unveiled two revolutionary new vehicles – the Range Rover Velar and the Jaguar I-PACE Concept. Both are true to our purpose: to create experiences our customers love for life.”
The fourth Range Rover
The launch of the new Range Rover Velar is another new chapter in the Jaguar Land Rover story. True to the company’s tradition of engineering integrity, it establishes the capability, quality and technology trends of tomorrow.
It will be built exclusively in the UK using Jaguar Land Rover’s leading lightweight aluminium intensive architecture and powered by the latest ultra-clean UK-built Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. The new Velar is positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport.
A cleaner future
Jaguar Land Rover is working towards a cleaner future, with ultra-clean diesels and petrol engines, BEVS, PHEVs, MHEVS all in its strategic plans. By 2020 the company will offer customers the option of electrification on all its new cars.
The Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first electric performance SUV Concept, has been engineered without compromise to deliver a brilliant package, long-distance range, fast charging times and exhilarating performance.
With plans in place to take Jaguar Land Rover’s three vehicle manufacturing plants in the UK close to their operating capacity, the I-PACE will be manufactured at Magna Steyr’s plant in Graz, Austria. With more than 100 years’ experience, Magna Steyr has extensive contract manufacturing expertise working with many car manufacturers globally.
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During Bill Pitt’s funeral yesterday his family showed remarkable footage of their father’s famed but mostly unseen D-Type crash at Albert Park in November 1956. The car, co-purchased new by Bill, is XKD526.
As you will see, the car hit hay bales at ‘Jaguar Corner’, ploughed through them and instantly flipped onto its back. In those days the circuit ran in the opposite direction, and the crash happened close to what is now turn four (near the grandstand of the old South Melbourne Football Ground)
Spectators and marshals all thought Bill was dead under the car which was in just its second race outing. Bill explains the story best here.
The stunning footage was found by the Nine television network in Australia about 20 years ago, and they interviewed Bill about the crash as a result.
It is remarkable and historic unlike anything else, and the Pitt family kindly agreed to share the dramatic scene – including the interview with their father and grandfather.
We have put this up here not just to show it to Jaguar Magazine followers – but to ensure this classic period document is preserved for posterity.
Thanks to Bill’s children Rob, Peter and Kym plus grand daughter Claire for their generosity.
The car was quickly repaired and continued to be raced very successful by Bill until 1959 when he sold it. It was replaced by a very rare and special factory-built ‘Mk1’ racer in which he won the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1961 and finished second twice.
I am sure you will agree it is a remarkable film.
This 1954 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster is an unrestored and complete example with 43,899 miles that spent its entire life with the same family in the California Bay Area. The selling dealer acquired the car from the original owner’s son, and it has been stored in a heated garage since 1978.
Reported to be original down to its factory paint, panels, trim, straight-six, and transmission, this XK currently starts and runs with one cylinder showing low compression as detailed below. This XK120 is sold with its California black plates, a Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, a letter covering the history of this car written by the son of the original owner, and a clean California title.
This car was purchased in 1954 by M. Hutchins from the recently established British Motor Cars dealership located in Oakland, California. As per the two-page letter written by the original owner’s son, his father purchased this car for his wife but ended up driving it himself most of the time. After the original owner passed in 1972, the car was driven sparingly until it was eventually moved to Danville, California and stored in a garage. The original owner’s son had planned to restore the car in the early 1980s but that never came to fruition.
The seller states that this XK is original and complete with all of its factory paint, body panels, glass, trim, wheels, and other components. Also included are the original tool kit, spare tire, soft top, side windows, interior cover, and the original key. The detailed photo gallery displays the current condition and all included parts. Black California license plates have been retained.
The factory knock-off wire wheels are wrapped in whitewall tires that will need to be replaced if the next owner desires to drive the car. The trunk and soft top are highlighted in the photo gallery.
As with the rest of the car, the interior is said to remain original down to the factory upholstery, door panels, and carpeting.
Factory trim appears to be present, including the original gear shift, four-spoke steering wheel, dash-mounted rear view mirror, and instrumentation. The odometer shows 43,889 total miles and are corroborated by the original owner’s son.
Under the hood this Jaguar is said to retain its original twin cam straight-six, which is coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission. Mechanicals have been left stock and the car is believed to still retain its original batteries as shown in the photo gallery.
Two weeks ago, the gas tank was cleaned and the motor was given a new fuel pump and spark plugs. The car reportedly fired right up and currently runs. A compression check was performed, showing low readings in one cylinder. All compression numbers are displayed in the photo gallery.
The factory data plate is shown above with the seller stating that the car retains the original engine, transmission, body, and chassis. The factory body stamping is shown in the photo gallery.
Several undercarriage pictures have been provided and can be seen below.
The included Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate was issued in November 2015 as shown above. The original California title will also be provided with the sale. The original owner’s son has written a two-page letter covering the history of the car from new that is attached in the gallery.
The great Jaguar stalwart and racer Bill was farewelled today at a moving ceremony held at Caloundra on the Queensland Sunshine Coast, close to his much loved home.
His sons Michael and Rob plus daughter Kym, and all of his grandchildren, were wonderful hosts at a ceremony which celebrated the extraordinary life of this incredibly modest racing champion.
His two most famous Jaguars were D-Type XKD526, and his works built racing ‘Mk1’ – one of very few of its kind built.
We will have a major tribute to Bill in our coming edition, but if you wonder just why he is so revered despite retiring from the track in 1963 – this will explain:
Winner: 24 Hour Race Mt Druitt 1954 – XK120 FHC – defeated C-Type of Peter Whitehead and Tony Gaze
Winner: Victorian TT – D-Type
Winner: Australian Touring Car Championship 1961
Second: Australian Touring Car Championship 1960, 1962
Winner: AJC Trophy ‘Mk1’
Winner: Queensland Touring Car Championship – twice
1957 Mobilgas Trial – MkVIII 7th outright – first non-Volkswagen home
Australian Grand Prix 1954 – 11th outright following puncture in the XK120-based Anderson Special (only race)
Bill was a competitive, brave and highly skilled driver – but if he had a failing – it was that he was too modest!
After all, it was he and a couple of fellow Jaguar ‘Mk1’ racers who established Australia’s love affair with touring car racing – and that is broadcast to the world today, of course.
Farewell to the great Jaguar devotee – and a truly good ever-smiling gentleman.
Jaguars of all vintages made a starring appearance in Adelaide on the track during the first round of Supercars – the Clipsal.
Cars from all of the eras were on hand to parade the Supercar drivers around the track.
Even the television commentators were impressed, and added the parade was staged to commemorate Jaguar’s success at Le Mans – particularly in 1957 when Jaguar scored its finest result there.
It isn’t the first time Jaguars have appeared on the same track.
In 1989, for the Australian Grand Prix meeting, Jaguar even brought the priceless XJ13 to Australia for its engineering ‘minder’ George Mason to drive.
Congratulations to all involved – and the tail cars – new F-Types – topped off a spectacular sight.
Barn Find 1962 Jaguar E-Type Makes £145,600 at Historics Auction
A barn found 1962 Jaguar E-Type roadster with copious superficial rust made £145,600 at Historics Brooklands Museum Auction today. However, it is a runner and, rather than restore it, there is speculation that it will be mechanically fettled and kept as it is.
A stunning 1948 Jaguar Mk IV, once run by Jaguar Deptury Chairman Arthur Whittaker was purchased by his three grand daughters for £69,440.
And a beautiful 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE roadster, certified as a replica of the XK120 that achieved 141mph on the Ostend-Jabbeck motorway, sold for £128,800
A minister has said the government is supportive of Jaguar Land Rover’s ambition to make Coventry the centre of the global car industry in the future.
The decision to create the Energy Innovation Centre, which specialises in battery technology, and the Automotive Innovation Centre, at Warwick University have placed Coventry in the lead of the race to develop the next generation of electric-powered and driverless vehicles.
But the JLR boss has made it clear that government support is needed to ensure Coventry, and the UK, does not lose the race to lead the evolution of the motor industry.
Mr Speth has said investment is needed in power supply, land and roads, 5G mobile technology to serve driverless cars and infrastructure such as car charging points.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Nick Hurd, minister for industry and climate change, has underlined the government’s support for JLR’s ambitions.
What do you think of JLR’S shopping list?
Mr Hurd said: “I saw Ralf this morning at a meeting of the automotive council.
“Towards the top of that shopping list is about how we position organisations like JLR so they can manufacture future cars.
“The future is going to be electric and ultra-low emission cars.
“What we all want is for the cars, and the bits that make them up, to be built here. If we succeed then this area is going to succeed and benefit from that because of its strengths.
“This area has got a real determination to make that happen, and the government is massively supportive of it.”
He added: “In relation to Jaguar specifically, we’re looking at what can we do to work together to talk seriously about building batteries, which is at the heart of the electric car, here in the UK. That’s the vision.”
Are you confident you can deliver JLR’S shopping list?
Mr Hurd said the government had already committed about £600m to encouraging people to buy electric cars and the infrastructure, such as charging points, to make owning electric vehicles viable for ordinary drivers.
He added: “We certainly share the ambition to make sure that the West Midlands and the UK is superbly positioned to take full advantage of the big change we are seeing in the industry.
“That includes making sure we have infrastructure in place, the energy structure, the charging infrastructure and critical research and development sites.
“Warwick University is a huge asset in that context.
“We’re focused on integrating all that to make the UK super competitive as a place to develop the technology and everything that underpins the future of that industry which seems to be electric.”
Is the money there to deliver the shopping list?
“Money is tight. Everyone knows that, so we have to be smart about how we deploy it.
“But the process of the industrial strategy consultation is that we want to hear from regions that are strategically important. That’s why I’m here today.
“We want to know, what are the growth plans in the area and what do you need to unlock the potential here.
“There’s been money available before, and this area has benefitted from that, there’s an opportunity with the combined authority and devolved powers coming.
“There are resources out there, but it’s about figuring out what’s the smartest way of using them.”
How supportive are you of JLR’s ambitions?
“We’re very supportive of JLR and they know that. They’ve challenged us, quite rightly, but we’re challenging the sector as well.
“This is a massive opportunity and we have to get it right. Jobs may be at risk if we get this wrong.
“If the car industry is changing its technology, we want the UK to be at the front of that.
“We want JLR to succeed.”
Does the Brexit vote strengthen JLR’s hand in negotiations with the government?
“They’re in a strong position because they have a great brand and superb products made by great people.
“They’re in a fantastic situation, but the industry they are in faces a very big change because there will be changes in what we drive, how we drive, even whether we drive.
“In the short term we have got to manage the Brexit issue which is very sensitive for the car industry.
“They have been very clear with us about what they feel is important for the car industry.
“It’s a big priority for the department, the secretary of state and me to support the car industry through the next few years.”
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Jaguar Land Rover CEO Officer Ralf Speth backed Nissan’s calls for extra funding for suppliers in the wake of last year’s Brexit vote, while cautioning that there must be “fair play” for all UK-based automakers.
The 100 million pounds ($123 million) that Nissan this week told parliament should be spent on luring component suppliers to Britain would be “absolutely” welcome, Speth said Wednesday, adding: “The closer the supply chain, the more beneficial it would be.”
The sourcing of parts from the continent has emerged as a key concern for UK car producers following the June 23 vote to quit the European Union, especially since many components are re-exported and imported again several times during the manufacturing process. That means they could incur tariffs with each border crossing in the absence of a comprehensive trade deal.
At the same time, no automaker should enjoy unequal government support, according to the executive. His company produced about 544,000 cars in Britain last year, compared with 507,000 at Nissan’s UK operation, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders data shows.
“Fair play is something the UK is known for,” Speth said. “I’m quite sure that the government knows exactly what to do, and knows the value of Jaguar Land Rover — that we are the one and only to design, manufacture and do everything in the UK.”
Speth said that JLR has “repatriated” some component production to the UK to help smooth its supply chain as output increases, while adding that the volumes it’s likely to achieve are never going to be sufficient to persuade manufacturers of items such as specialist electronics and gearboxes to establish production in Britain.
The company is also concerned about the implications of a “hard” Brexit in areas including carbon controls and homologation measures, the CEO said. JLR, a unit of India’s Tata Motors, also employs about 1,000 non-British EU nationals in the UK and needs to maintain access to skilled labor, he said.
Speth, who spoke prior to the unveiling of Range Rover’s new Velar SUV, said that while he advocated Britain remaining in the EU prior to last year’s poll, he fully accepts the result.
It is time again in Australia for the massive Phillip Island historic race meeting, a week before the first round of the 2017 F1 season begins in Melbourne.
Cars have arrived from all over the world, but in Melbourne, and barely a spit from the Albert Part circuit, Mike Roddy is preparing his amazingly original and pristine Bathurst winning TWR XJ-S for action.
The car doesn’t come out all that often, but is painstakingly prepared and maintained by Mike. It remains totally original from the last time it was raced by TWR (New Zealand 1987), right down to the paint – inside and out!
None of the three remaining 1984-built TWR XJ-S remain as original as this one – and our research proved that it is the only one of those cars to run at ALL of the 17 TWR XJ-S races.
Yes, it was in action at every single meeting those cars were entered in. The next closest car is 11 races!
We will report on the Phillip Island Jaguar action in our coming edition – of course!
The Jaguar I-PACE Concept will make its European motor show debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 7 March in a new colour – Photon Red.
The concept, which will debut in production form later this year before going on sale in early 2018, was first shown in a muted silver exterior color at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker has already received 350 preorders for the fully electric crossover.
The car looks stunning and we will have more news as it comes to hand.