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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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BOBBY RAHAL LEADS JAGUAR’S I-PACE eTROPHY TEAMS

November 28, 2017

Jaguar Racing announced the first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race team for its new global electric racing series. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, led by Team Principal Bobby Rahal – three-time IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner – will join the grid in the world’s first production-based electric vehicle race series, starting in December 2018.

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is a support series to the FIA Formula E Championship and the first to be based off of a street-legal production battery electric vehicle. Races will take place the same weekend, and on the same city street circuits, throughout the 2018-19 season. The series, which will exclusively feature 20 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race cars, offers teams the chance to showcase driving talent and electric performance, while competing on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport.

James Barclay, Jaguar Racing Team Director, said: “Since the global announcement of eTROPHY the reaction has been very positive and we are in discussions with many teams and drivers about entering the series next year. As part of our Race to Innovate strategy, we are obviously delighted to be able to announce our first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY team with racing legend Bobby Rahal and we look forward to working together with all our teams to make it a big success. The series is in a strong place and we look forward to announcing more news over the next few months.”

Bobby Rahal, Team Principal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, said: “Innovation is integral to motorsports and electric car racing is an important part of the future so this opportunity came at the perfect time for RLL. We are thrilled to be competing in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series next year working alongside an electric innovator like Jaguar.”

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in Warwickshire, UK, are building the race cars and offering ‘Arrive and Drive’ packages for up to 20 drivers at each race. The racecars are based on the Jaguar brand’s first battery electric road car, the Jaguar I-PACE, which will be released for sale in 2018.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan team announcement comes ahead of the start of the FIA Formula E championship and season opening race in Hong Kong this weekend, where Panasonic Jaguar Racing will be on the grid with drivers Nelson Piquet Jr and Mitch Evans for the 2017-18 season.

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ALDI SELLING RIDE-ON JAGUARS AND LAND ROVERS FOR CHRISTMAS!!! – ON-LINE IN THE UK …

November 28, 2017

Can you already tell that your child is going to be a fan of flash cars when they get older? Well hold that thought as you can now buy kid versions of a Jaguar and Land Rover right in time for Christmas.

And the battery-operated child-sized replicas won’t break the bank either as they’re on sale at Aldi, a supermarket no stranger to a much buzzed about bargain.

Its Jaguar replica (£59.99) is white and has red detailing around the rims. It comes with a charger, six rechargeable batteries, and an instruction manual.

Meanwhile, the Land Rover (£74.99) is black and has silver detailing across the front. It also comes with the same accessories as the Jaguar.

Both of the cars are available to pre-order online now , and will go on general sale on Thursday, November 30. However, the toys will only be available to buy online, so keep an eye out on the Aldi website.

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JAGUAR XJ-S CONVERTIBLE STOLEN IN MELBOURNE – CAN YOU HELP?

November 27, 2017

We have received word that a desirable XJ-S Convertible V12 was stolen in Melbourne during the morning of last Saturday the 25th of November – and we want to assist the owner to retrieve the car.

Vision of the XJ-S being stolen is in hand, but the car has not been found yet.

It is a Gunmetal Grey model with Oatmeal interior.  The owner tells me it is in need of a body repaint.

If has a five-speed manual gearbox and distinctive Driven Man wheels.

Anyone who is anywhere near Melbourne, or the region, is asked to keep their eyes out for the car.

If you see it, please contact Jaguar Magazine here with details.

By the way – it is NOT the car illustrated here.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR FORMULA E SEASON STARTS THIS WEEKEND

November 27, 2017

Panasonic Jaguar Racing are heading to Hong Kong for the start of their second season in the FIA Formula E Championship. The season opener takes place on 2 – 3 December in Asia’s first ever double-header race weekend and will be the first-time drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Mitch Evans line up on the grid together in the new British team.

At the Hong Kong E-Prix drivers will complete 45 laps of the 1.86km street race circuit in the new Jaguar I-TYPE 2 on city’s iconic Harbour front. With ten turns and two hairpin bends, Panasonic Jaguar Racing are ready to electrify the city’s streets.

This season, Panasonic Jaguar Racing have developed a new powertrain, with more than 200 new parts in the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 to produce a more efficient package using high strength lightweight materials. Taking in all the learnings and technical advancements from season three, the team believe these will have a positive impact on their performance.  For this season, the race power level increases to 180kwh making the cars even faster.

James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director, said: “We are very excited to kick off our second season in Formula E and it’s great to be back on the grid in such an iconic city.

“As we race to innovate, we have taken a great deal of learnings from our first season and the team have worked extremely hard to make sure that we have the most competitive powertrain possible for the season ahead. Alongside the improvements on the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, we welcome Nelson to our new driver line-up – all of which, we hope, will help us to be regularly competing for points.”

Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s newest driver, Nelson Piquet Jr, who took Pole Position honours at the inaugural Hong Kong E-Prix in 2016, said: “Joining Panasonic Jaguar Racing is a great move for me, and it’s been fantastic learning how this new team operates. I’m working closely with everyone to draw on my experience in Formula E and push us to the next level.

“As the series becomes more competitive, I wanted to join Jaguar to give myself the best chance of success. We won’t know until we are on the grid how much the other teams have progressed and what the true capabilities of the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 are, so I’m looking forward to getting started and giving it my very best.

Mitch Evans, who has been confirmed for a second season with Panasonic Jaguar Racing, said: “The competition this season will be stronger than ever, but the work that the team have put in will help push us further up the grid.

“I had a really good first season as a rookie in the championship so I’m very excited for my second season with Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Nelson and I are already working together to grow as a team so bring on Hong Kong.”

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E-PACE ‘SUV OF THE YEAR’ – TOP GEAR

November 27, 2017

The new Jaguar E-PACE has been awarded BBC TopGear Magazine’s 2017 ‘Crossover of the Year’ in one of motoring’s toughest categories.

The Crossover sector is the fastest growing and toughest sales market in motoring with every manufacturer vying for customers.

TopGear’s expert judges crowned the E-PACE top of the pile and highlighted its outstanding design saying: “The design sells the E-PACE at 50 paces” and “Even if the E-PACE didn’t out-drive or out-ambience its rivals, it would out-want everything”.

Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with TopGear’s recognition of the new E-PACE so soon after its launch. The E-PACE brings an unmistakable extra character to the Compact Crossover sector – it’s a Jaguar with sports car looks, designed for the whole family. It has an incredible package of practicality geared for everyday life, but it’s also lots of fun to drive.”

The exterior design of the E-PACE was inspired by the F-TYPE sports car, characterised by the distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhands and powerful haunches.

It also comes with the latest in car connectivity, including a 10-inch touch screen as standard. At under 4.4 metres the E-PACE has exceptional interior space and can seat five in comfort.

The E-PACE joins the World Car of the Year F-PACE in Jaguar’s growing line-up of SUVs that will be joined in 2018 by the all-electric I-PACE.

Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director said: “We are honoured by TopGear Magazine’s recognition of the new Jaguar E-PACE and believe it will be a hit with UK buyers too. Its combination of sports car looks with a practical, spacious and connected package as well as strong residual values make it the perfect vehicle for the next generation of Jaguar owners.”

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SHANNON’S IAN CUMMINS ESTATE AUCTION RESULTS

November 27, 2017

The late and very great Ian Cummins would have been impressed with the results of the Shannons Auction tonight in Melbourne of part of his massive personal car and model car collection.

He would have been especially delighted that his 1966 Series E-Type Fixed head Coupe E-Type was sold to a buyer in his home city of Griffith in the Riverina for $206,000.

Unfortunately, the delightful Austin Swallow was passed in at $34,000.

We will have a full report in our next edition, but other highlights included a delightful 3.4 Litre ‘Mk1’ saloon which sold for $74,000, a Series 2 E-Type Roadster which found a new home at $202,000  and his replica C-Type went at $222,000.

His personal perfect D-Type clone, which I believe is the best reproduction in the world, failed to sell for $660,000.

Outside of Ian’s cars, a lovely 1994 XJ-R supercharged saloon, one of our very favourite modern Jaguar classics sold for a very impressive $30,000,

The full story is coming in edition #190.

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