Jaguar Formula E Filming Day Thursday 1st September 2016 Mallory Park, England World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT/Jaguar _FER3739.jpg

Jaguar was surprised to be in contention for its first Formula E points in last weekend’s Buenos Aires ePrix.

Mitch Evans’s seventh-place start was the best qualifying performance by the British manufacturer in its debut Formula E season, and he ran well inside the top 10 in the opening stint.

Poor efficiency in the second stint dropped him out of the points-paying positions and a five-second time penalty for speeding under an early full-course yellow, caused by his team-mate Adam Carroll, meant Evans was eventually classified 13th.

It still marked a big improvement in performance from Jaguar, which was off the pace in Hong Kong and Marrakech and remains the only team yet to score a point in Formula E.

“We thought we had a great chance [of points] after the car swap,” Jaguar team director James Barclay told Autosport.

“What did slightly surprise us is this is our hardest challenge to date, this was the first track everyone’s been to.

“So if anything, doing it here, making that step here, was really impressive to see.

“There’s a little bit of a positive surprise there, but it’s really good to see what we thought we were going to see materialise – and on a track everyone’s been to twice before.”

Prior to Evans’s qualifying effort, in which he set a time 0.75 seconds slower than Jean-Eric Vergne’s benchmark, Jaguar’s best qualifying result was 14th and it had been 1.3s off the pace at previous events.

Evans said missing out on points should not detract from the team “making great strides” after “an absolute mess” in the first two races.

“I was hanging with the guys in front pretty comfortably and was pretty happy, and had a great pitstop,” he added.

“The whole second stint was really tough, I couldn’t match the energy targets as I could in the first stint and gradually got eaten up.”

Though the New Zealander conceded that Jaguar still has “a long way to go on ultimate pace”, he praised the improvements made on the car’s set-up.

“It was the best I’ve felt in a Formula E car,” he said of his qualifying lap. “I felt great as soon as I left the pits.

“You need that confidence in this car, especially one lap at 200kW and on the brakes, or you’ll either be in the wall or just slow.”

Carroll had a tougher event, struggling with the set-up throughout and then sparking the early caution when his car failed to launch, though he got going just in time to avoid falling a lap down.

Barclay was not sure if Carroll’s problem was a driver or system error, but admitted the team needed to deal with full-course yellows better in the future as both drivers were penalised for speeding.


Jaguar is reportedly in the process of developing the XE SVR (not the model pictured here!), a high-performance variant of the compact luxury sports sedan.
While the British automobile manufacturer has yet to confirm this speculation, AutoExpress has found out that Special Vehicles Operations, in charge of developing high-performance versions of Jaguar’s vehicles, is currently benchmarking the sports sedan.
If proven to be accurate, the XE will join two other vehicles who have received the SVR treatment — the F-Type sports car and the Range Rover Sport midsize sports utility vehicle (SUV). As such, the XE SVR will most likely be powered by the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission featured in these vehicles. On the F-Type SVR, this powertrain delivers 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
According to the publication, the XE SVR could receive up to 500 horsepower and will be able to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour (mph) in under four seconds.
To compare, the current range-topping model, XE S, is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 powertrain that yields 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet or torque. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
All the 2017 Jaguar XE models come with a rear-wheel drive system. However, to compensate for the SVR variant’s additional power, it could be launched as a four-wheel drive. This, in turn, will lead to a 110-pound weight gain.
In terms of design, AutoExpress noted that the XE SVR will look similar to the F-Type SVR and Range Rover SVR with aggressive bumpers and side skirts, blistered arches and larger brakes. There will also be enhancements made to the chassis, springs and dampers. Furthermore, the high-performance sports sedan may also receive an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
There’s no exact release date for the Jaguar XE SVR but it is said to arrive “almost halfway through the saloon’s lifecycle.”
Once released, it is expected to rival the BMW M3, powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine with 426 horsepower; the Mercedes-AMG C63 with a 503-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine; and the upcoming Audi RS 4 equipped with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine estimated to deliver around 500 horsepower.


Buenos Aires, Argentina – 18 February 2017
Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s South American FIA Formula E debut in Argentina produced more positives for the series’ newest team. Mitch Evans put together an impressive lap during qualifying to start from P7, just two positions outside the Super Pole group. It was the first top ten position for the British team in only its third race. The New Zealander also put in a P3 time early in the first practice session. His teammate Adam Carroll struggled to find confidence in his car set up and started the race in P15.
Mitch’s race was busy from lights to flag as he battled with Nico Prost and Felix Rosenqvist into the first corner pushing him down the order to P9. During the first stint the Jaguar I-TYPE driver managed to regain the two positions with some great race craft. Adam’s race was compromised from the start when his car failed to get off the grid before he was able to start one lap down on the field.
Ultimately Mitch narrowly missed out on the team’s debut points finishing P13. Adam did his best to fight back to finish P17 in front of Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist. He maximised the opportunity to gain valuable track time and crucial data for the team to analyse ahead of the next race.
James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Team Director: “This was our best qualifying result this season. A really great job by everyone in the team for making positive steps forward since our last race in Marrakesh in November. Things have truly come together and Mitch did really well managing to run with the front pack. The team should be really proud of what we have achieved today as we moved the performance forward and bridged the gap to the other teams. We have achieved a lot in only three races.”
“As always, we are here to improve, especially now in our first year of the championship, our learning year. It was a real shame for Adam to have an issue at the start and it was a huge fight to get back and catch up with the rest of the pack but he did a great job. This gave us the chance to try a few different set ups which is great for data capture. In summary we are moving in the right directions and can’t wait for our next race in Mexico.”
Mitch Evans, #20, P13: “It was great to come away from qualifying feeling satisfied with our performance. The team has worked really hard to make progress. We’ve made a really good step forward and that is evident from the result in qualifying.”
“The first half of the race was good but I got a bit shuffled around in the beginning which meant that I lost two places which was a bit disappointing, but then the full course yellow neutralised everything and I made up a few places. After that I was running with the front guys. I was happy with the pace and the energy management was going according to plan.”
“I was looking forward to holding my position in the second stint, but unfortunately I was struggling to manage the energy for some reason and couldn’t push as hard as before. I dropped four places and ended up just out of the points. It was really disappointing not to come away with our first points but it just wasn’t meant to be this time. I’m really looking forward to Mexico and this weekend has been a really good motivator for the whole team and a good confidence builder. We will build on that and keep improving as a team.”
Adam Carroll, #47, P17: “Today was tough. The start of the day was promising, we just lost our way a little bit in the second practice as we wanted to keep the car safe for qualifying and not risk anything. I obviously hoped to be a lot faster than I was, but I can improve on that. I’d hoped to have a strong race and come through but I had an issue with the start, right when I was about to take off I couldn’t launch the car. We’re not sure why and it’s something that the engineers are looking into now. Luckily, I was able to get going and could continue and complete the race. We got a lot of good data out of it but unfortunately no result this time.”



A member of the JDC in the UK posted this today – and we just had to share this video which not only lets you know and hear the wonderful Jaguar founder – but he also explains the meaning of S.S. for the only time I believe.

This is incredible history.


Jaguar Land Rover is to boost its London sales operation with seven new or upgraded retail facilities.
They will be in addition to the three existing ‘Arch’ corporate identity sites in West London, Stratford and Battersea.
Among the new retailers is a development at Sunbury-on-Thames which will be a ‘global statement site’ for the UK, boasting 17,000sq/m of floor space.
Operated by Sytner Group Ltd, the new Jaguar Land Rover site will be based just off the M3 motorway into London, said to be seen by around 72,000 drivers every day.
Construction on the site is set to begin in August and be completed at the end of 2019. It will include special vehicle operations and Jaguar Land Rover Classic divisions.
Joining the Sunbury-on-Thames retail location is another to be based at Staples Corner, at the interchange between the North Circular and Edgware Road flyover.
Operated by Spire Automotive (owned by Group 1 Automotive), the building provides over 8,000 square-metres of accommodation arranged around a central atrium to draw customers up through the showroom.
Work on the new Staples Corner showroom will begin in April, and will be completed by October 2018.
By the end of 2019 Jaguar Land Rover will have 10 new or upgraded retailers in London, along with four supporting authorised repairers.
Jaguar Land Rover UK managing director Jeremy Hicks said: “The Jaguar Land Rover business has seen huge sales growth and significant development of its model range in recent years, and our retail partners are evolving the sales network to reflect that.
“These new London sites not only make it more convenient for our customers in the capital but they also provide a significant boost to our visibility, with cutting-edge design and an ideal showcase for our vehicles.”