Our main business is to get a new Jaguar Magazine out six times per year, but for unexpected reasons – we are late with #189 and I apologise.

We will be back on track though for the final one of 2017.

However, edition #189 is now available in digital at Magzter, will in the shops next week – or is at our website ( where you can have it delivered to you anywhere in the world.

In edition #189 we have 10 feature pages on the Goodwood Revival, the Hampton Court Concours d’Elegance and other events which Ron Gaudion attended this year with ex-Works and Ecurie Ecosse D-Type XKD603 owner Clive Beecham.  The rest of the world now knows the unique Australian who built two of the three Le Mans winning D-Types, and prepared and crewed ALL of the Le Mans winning D-Types!  You can meet the very fit and healthy 88 year old star.

We spent a week with the six cylinder supercharged F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe and tell you what we thought of it.

It is 25 years since the XJ220 went into production.  We celebrate the milestone and bring you information on the model you probably didn’t know.

… and what about a brand new all-aluminium Lightweight E-Type, with a wide angle head, dry sumping and all of the other right bits – but built for road use.  We spent time in that one too and give you our impressions.

Plus Pebble Beach, remembering the man who invested Jaguar Land Rover’s revolutionary self-piercing revet – and lots more.

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Now here’s a treat for Jaguar enthusiasts.  Design boss, Ian Callum, was frustrated (his own words) when the XK was discontinued in 2014 following the launch of the new F-Type. “I had quite different ideas on how to carry four people quickly around the world,” he told Autocar.

If Callum had his way, the XK may very likely make its return as a grand tourer, perhaps with a larger footprint. The F-Type on the other hand is more like a luxury sports car than a true grand tourer. “I want a two-seater and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design. That’s what we do,” said Callum.

It won’t be easy though, because at the end of the day it’s down to convincing the board that there is an actual market for a true GT car to be sold alongside a sporty coupe. Apparently, Jaguar had already designed a successor to the XK but was scrapped in favour of the F-Type. “The F-Type was never meant to kill the XK,” added Callum.


As it stands, the XK, or whatever the Jaguar design team is calling it, remains as an unofficial project, especially for Ian Callum.

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The National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), at the University of Warwick , will become the driving force behind the future of the UK’s automotive sector.

It will be the largest automotive research and development facility in Europe and is a long term partnership between Jaguar Land Rover , Tata and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG).

The building will allow the UK to lead the global motor industry as the conversion to electric power gathers pace.

It will create 1,000 new direct jobs, help underpin 3,000 supply chain roles and train the talent required to meet the demands of emerging technologies.

Ahead of its completion, in summer 2018, the Telegraph was invited to take a look around the under construction site as the external grounds were finished off.

What will the centre do?

The National Automotive Innovation Centre will be a state of the art centre of excellence and innovation for the automotive centre.

It will house approximately 1,000 scientists, engineers, academics, technicians and support staff working on the automotive technology of the future.

It will focus on electric vehicles, including energy storage and e-drives; carbon reduction, including hybrids, weight reduction and composites; and smart connected vehicles, including on-vehicle competence, driver assist, and cyber security.

John O’Connor Director and Head of Tata Motors European Technical Centre, Rosie Drinkwater Director of Finance,University of Warwick, Professor Dr Ralf Speth Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya Chairman and Founder of WMG and Leo Quinn Group Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty.

Who is paying for it?

A total of £150m is being invested in the National Automotive Innovation Centre building by the partners involved in the project – WMG, Tata and Jaguar Land Rover.

The government has also provided £15million of funding to support the capital project.

It was designed by Cullinan Studio and is being constructed by Balfour Beatty.

It will be the biggest building on the university’s campus and will occupy 33,000m2 next to WMG’s current facilities on the University of Warwick campus.

What Jaguar Land Rover, Tata and WMG say

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s chief executive, said: “NAIC will play an important role in shaping future mobility.

“The finest minds of academia, suppliers and OEMs will work together to define our vision of ‘destination zero’ – zero emissions, accidents and congestions.

“It will create new opportunities out of the forthcoming technology change from the Internal Combustion Engine to smart mobility with autonomous, connected and electrified vehicles.”

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Design bosses at both Land Rover and Jaguar see merit in more models wearing the new SVX badge for extreme off-roaders, following last month’s launch of the Discovery SVX.

The SVX badge is the work of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations unit, which is designed to signify the most off-road-focused variants.

Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern has told Autocar that the new badge would be appropriate for Discovery models and “arguably Defender” when that launches later in the decade , but less so for a Range Rover.

Jaguar design director Ian Callum, who gave the E-Pace SUV a public debut at the September show, has said the badge could be possible on a Jaguar too.

“We don’t talk a lot about the [off-road] ability of our cars because they’re road-biased,” he explained. “But they could have that capability as we have the tech in the group. I see the opportunity – if Land Rover can do SVR, we can do SVX.”

The toughness of the Discovery SVX also helps fill the gap in the Land Rover range before the new Defender is launched, according to McGovern. The “ultimate capability machine will be Defender”, he said, but noted the Discovery is “equally capable”. He added: “This is doing that [job] until it arrives.”

McGovern revealed the plush premium execution of the Discovery SVX – what he described as “premium durability” – was a direction the Defender was likely to follow.

“We have to stop thinking about function in a durable way,” McGovern said. “When you’re buying into the brand, you’re buying a premium product.”

He highlighted that materials can be both premium and durable, such as the satin paint finish, and while the SVX badge had moved the Discovery in a more extreme direction, it had also made it more premium.

“It’s not cheap,” McGovern said. “There are sophisticated surfaces, the premium durability. You think of stripping down to basics [for extreme off-road vehicles] but I don’t think people want that any more.”

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Fresh news from the Mossgreen auction in Melbourne.

Star car, D-Type XKD510, was not sold under the hammer.

The bidding reached AUD$5.5m but that didn’t reach the reserve.

More news as it comes to hand.

Full report in edition #189:

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