JAGUAR PARTS WITH PIQUET JNR IN PANASONIC JAGUAR TEAM

Following a poor start to the 2018-2019 Formula E season, Nelson Piquet Jr. will not return to Panasonic Jaguar Racing this year.

After retiring from the last three Formula E races and failing to score more than one point throughout the first six races of the 13-race 2018-2019 season, Nelson Piquet Jr. will not be returning to Panasonic Jaguar Racing this season.

The 33-year-old Brazilian and the team that he had driven for since the start of the season.

Here is what Piquet Jr. had to say about leaving Panasonic Jaguar Racing in the middle of the season.

“I have enjoyed working with Panasonic Jaguar Racing over the past season and a half but results in Season 5 have not met the collective expectations of myself and the team.”

Here is what Panasonic Jaguar Racing team principal James Barclay had to say about the team and Piquet Jr. cutting ties, according to RACER.

“We made a big step forward when Nelson joined us in Season 4. He achieved some strong results for the team, but recent results have not met his or the team’s expectations. We want to take this opportunity to thank Nelson for all the hard work he has put in since joining us ahead of Season 4; he has contributed a significant amount into the development of the car.”

Piquet Jr., who won Formula E’s inaugural championship in the 2014-2015 season driving for China Racing (now NIO), is one of five drivers who have competed in each of the 51 Formula E races that have ever been contested. Aside of him, only Lucas di Grassi, Sam Bird, Jerome d’Ambrosio and Daniel Abt can make this claim.

However, following the news of Piquet Jr.’s departure from Panasonic Jaguar Racing, this list will likely whittle down to four drivers when Formula E returns to action. The Rome ePrix is the next race on the schedule, and it is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 13 at Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR in Rome, Italy.

In his 51 career Formula E starts, Piquet Jr. has earned two victories, both in his championship-winning 2014-2015 season, five podium finishes, all in the 2014-2015 season, 13 top five finishes and 22 top 10 finishes.

In his 18 races driving for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Piquet Jr. earned three top five finishes, all fourth place finishes that he earned in the 2017-2018 season, and six top 10 finishes. He only finished five of his final 13 races driving for the team, and he only recorded two top 10 finishes during this 13-race span. He finished in seventh place in the 2017-2018 season finale before finishing in 10th in the 2018-2019 season opener.

Piquet Jr. currently sits in 20th place in the driver standings with the one point that he earned as a result of his 10th place finish to open up the season. Of the 21 drivers who have competed in each of the season’s first six races, only NIO’s Tom Dillmann sits lower than Piquet Jr. in the standings.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER PLAN TO CATCH SUPER BUGS

The car of the future could help win the battle against superbugs – according to Jaguar Land Rover.

Future models could help stop the spread of colds and flu thanks to innovative ultraviolet light technology (UV-C) borrowed from the medical industry, where it has been used for more than 70 years.

By integrating UV-C, Jaguar Land Rover believes it could help to stop bacteria and harmful viruses, known as pathogens, from surviving in the cabin. UV-C is currently widely used for disinfecting water, filtering air and sterilising surfaces by utilising wavelengths of light between 200 – 280 nanometres.

Exposing pathogens to UV-C within the air conditioning system breaks down the molecular structure of the DNA, neutralising them. Clean air is then released into the cabin. The technology could even help in the fight against drug-resistant superbugs.  

Jaguar Land Rover is exploring UV-C technology as part of its vision to create a tranquil sanctuary inside each of its luxury vehicles. The manufacturer is piloting a wide range of driver and passenger wellbeing features, as it looks towards a self-driving future.

Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: “The average motorist spends as much as 300 hours per year behind the wheel. There is a clear opportunity to better utilise cars for administering preventative healthcare.”

“The implementation of individual wellbeing measures as part of our ‘tranquil sanctuary’ research promises to not only improve quality of life for our customers but in this case, offers clear advantages in reducing pathogen spread – protecting the overall population from the threat of disease; particularly as we move towards shared mobility solutions.”

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HERTZ OFFERS JAGUARS AND LAND ROVERS

Hertz Europe has launched a new rental collection in the UK to offer a new themed premium experience.

The new rental collection brings Land Rover and Jaguar cars, British-themed lounges and extras including pick-up options, additional driver and unlimited mileage 

Available now, the new British Collection has been conceived to bring a high-end ‘Best of British’ customer experience, ranging from the Jaguar and Land Rover luxury models on offer from three UK locations with premium customer lounges, to the pick-up options, unlimited mileage and personalised welcome service.

Models available for hire include the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Jaguar F Pace, E Pace, XE and XF, from the Hertz locations at London Heathrow Airport, Marble Arch, and Edinburgh Airport. The rates include free additional driver and unlimited mileage while airport terminal delivery and collection is also part of the package for Heathrow and Edinburgh rentals – and local pick-up and drop-off for Marble Arch.

The three locations will offer ‘dedicated lounges’, featuring designs from Tom Dixon furnishings, nominated driver-friendly botanical drinks from British non-alcoholic spirit brand, Seedlip, flowers by McQueens, and a neon light installation from British contemporary artist, Lauren Baker.

It follows in the footsteps of the premium ‘Selezione Italia’ range in Italy last year.

Richard Davies, country manager for Hertz UK, said: “The unveiling of The British Collection and dedicated lounges represents Hertz’s continuing commitment to providing its customers with unique and exclusive tailored experiences. The British Collection is a new, upmarket offering, built with creativity and luxury in mind. Working with premium British brands and talent, we’ve been able to build an adventure from branch to the road.”

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER WINS CHINA COPY CAT CASE

Jaguar Land Rover won a legal victory and compensation after a court in China ruled that the Jiangling Motor’s Landwind X7 SUV was too similar to the Range Rover Evoque. The Beijing Chaoyang District Court agreed with JLR that that Landwind copied ve unique features of the Evoque, which led to widespread customer confusion, JLR said.

The court ruled that Landwind must pay JLR compensation. The ruling refers to the original Landwind X7 from 2014 rather than the more recent facelifted model, which toned down some of the more blatant similarities, JLR said. Landwind can continue selling the facelifted version. The two SUVs have a similar shape, with the roof and windows tapering from front to back, and near-identical tail lights and character lines on the side paneling.

JLR said the court’s decision suggests China is taking copying claims more seriously. “This ruling is a clear sign of the law being implemented appropriately to protect consumers and uphold their rights so that they are not confused or misled, while protecting business investment in design and innovation,” Keith Benjamin, Jaguar Land Rover’s legal affairs chief, said in a statement. Western automakers have faced diculties in China caused by domestic brand imitating their designs.  Also, a lawsuit can be bad for branding if the Chinese public think a foreign company is bullying domestic competitors.

“The ruling is highly signicant,” said Michael Dunne, CEO of Hong Kong-based automotive consultant rm ZoZoG. “For years, foreign companies have taken Chinese rivals to court for purloining designs and lost. GM, Mercedes, BMW, Toyota, you name it.” At certain times, Chinese leaders will allow a high-prole foreign “win” in order to win international support, Dunne said. JLR had its patent on the shape of the Evoque canceled in China in 2016 after a court ruled it was void because the company had patented it outside China rst. It responded by suing Jiangling.

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ULTRA – LISTER JAGUAR …

Following high demand for an open-top LFT-666, iconic British car manufacturer – The Lister Motor Company – is launching its most powerful open-top supercar ever – the LFT-C – ready for summer 2019.

The LFT-C has a top speed in excess of 205 mph, and a 0-62 mph time of just over three seconds, thanks to its Lister-tuned and supercharged 666 bhp V8 engine. In addition, the LFT-C receives the same bespoke wheels, exhaust, suspension and braking system as featured on the LFT-666, but also benefits from a bespoke, handstitched interior.

Each LFT-C will feature exclusive carbonfibre body panels, designed and manufactured by Lister in the UK. Unique Lister additions include: front bumper, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear lip spoiler, rear extended wheel arches, a new grille design, and new lightweight alloy wheels fitted with Michelin tyres.

Lister has also uprated the suspension and braking system and added a bespoke exhaust system to enhance the sound of the 666 bhp supercharged V8 engine to work perfectly with an open cockpit vehicle.

Every LFT-C will be built to a bespoke customer specification, from wheel design to paint finish. The interior adds a real level of unique luxury being entirely retrimmed, by hand with the finest UK Nappa hides from Bridge of Weir leather.

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