LE MANS 1957 – IS THAT STIRLING? DO YOU KNOW?

This a serious history puzzle of significance.

The scene is Le Mans scrutineering in 1957 and the D-Types are the Ecurie Ecosse XKD606 and 603 which would finish first and second.

However, what we are trying to establish is if that is Stirling Moss with his back to the camera and with his own camera around his back?

His partner is being helped into the D-Type so it makes sense to be him – but do you think it looks like him? Or do you know for a fact?

Driver Ninian Sanderson leans on the fin, co-driver Jock Lawrence is walking up in the beany, mechanics Ron Gaudion, Stan Sproat and Wilkie Wilkinson are on the right. A moment in time never to be repeated.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER HELPS YOU KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD

The research, in partnership with Glasgow University, has created a ‘sensory steering wheel’, parts of which can be quickly heated and cooled to inform drivers where to turn, when to change lane or to warn of an approaching junction. This could be particularly useful when visibility is reduced through poor weather or the layout of the road.

A steering wheel developed by Jaguar Land Rover could help keep drivers’ eyes on the road – by using heat to tell drivers when to turn left or right.

The technology has also been applied to the gear-shift paddles to indicate when hand over from the driver to autonomous control in future self-driving vehicles is complete.

Driver distraction is a major contributor to road accidents around the world and accounts for 10 per cent of all fatal crashes in the USA alone*. Jaguar Land Rover’s research suggests thermal cues could be a way to keep drivers fully focused on the road.

The cues work on both sides of the steering wheel, indicating the direction to turn by rapidly warming or cooling one side by a difference of up to 6oC. For comfort a driver could adjust the range of temperature change.

Studies have shown** temperature-based instructions could also be used for non-urgent notifications, where vibrations could be deemed unnecessarily attention grabbing, for example as a warning when fuel is running low, or for upcoming events, such as points of interest. Thermal cues can also be used where audio feedback would be deemed too disruptive to cabin conversations or media playback.

Alexandros Mouzakitis, Jaguar Land Rover Electrical Research Senior Manager, said: “Safety is a number one priority for Jaguar Land Rover and we are committed to continuously improving our vehicles with the latest technological developments as well as preparing the business for a self-driving future.

“The ‘sensory steering wheel’ is all part of this vision, with thermal cues able to reduce the amount of time drivers have to take their eyes off the road.

“Research has shown people readily understand the heating and cooling dynamics to denote directions and the subtlety of temperature change can be perfect for certain feedback that doesn’t require a more intrusive audio or vibration-based cue.”

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I-PACE SCOOPS YET MORE AWARDS

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has won Best Electric Powertrain, Best New Engine, and the 350 to 450PS category at The International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards.

Announced at the Engine Expo + The Powertrain Technology Show in Stuttgart, the panel of 70 expert motoring journalists from 31 countries took into account key characteristics including performance, driveability, energy efficiency and refinement.

These three titles recognise the technical excellence of the I-PACE’s zero emissions powertrain, which was designed and developed in-house.

Jaguar Land Rover NZ general manager Steve Kenchington says the awards will be further ratification for the early adopters of the new model in this market.

“The first shipment of I-PACEs will be delivered to New Zealand customers next month – the majority of these were sold to customers that were inspired by Jaguar’s promise that the technology behind their new EV would be class-leading,,

“The 60+ global accolades the SUV has received since it was first launched will provide further reassurance to new owners that hundreds of independent industry experts that make up the judging panels concur,” he says.

Ian Hoban, Powertrain Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We’ve used all the benefits of state-of-the-art battery and motor technology to create a world-class electric vehicle. As well as zero emissions, the all-electric powertrain delivers an ideal balance of performance, refinement and range, together with outstanding responsiveness, agility and day-to-day usability. I-PACE is a true driver’s car, and above all a true Jaguar.

We set out to make the world’s best all-electric performance SUV: these awards reflect that, and are fitting recognition for what the engineering team has achieved.”

I-PACE’s 90kWh lithium-ion battery enables a range of up to 470km (according to the World Wide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure). It’s capable of charging from 0-80% in just 40 minutes using a 100kW DC charger, or in just over ten hours when using a 7kW AC wallbox – ideal for overnight charging at home.

A suite of smart, range-optimising technologies includes a cabin and battery pre-conditioning system: when plugged in the I-PACE will automatically raise (or lower) the temperature of its battery to maximise range ahead of driving away. A heat pump can scavenge energy from the outside air – even in sub-zero conditions – to reduce the amount of battery energy used by the climate control system. It can even utilise heat generated by the propulsion system to warm up the cabin, further reducing demand on the battery.

The battery is placed centrally between the two axles, and as low down as possible. This location enables perfect 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity: together with the advanced double wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension this is fundamental to the I-PACE’s agile handling and outstanding ride comfort.

The permanent magnet motors are hollow, with the driveshafts passing through the centre. As well as being light – together with the transmission they weigh just 78kg – they’re also exceptionally compact. This contributes to the I-PACE’s spacious cabin, 656-litre luggage compartment volume and SUV ground clearance.

Integrating the motors into the front and rear axles delivers all-wheel drive for outstanding traction and control in all conditions. They also enable high levels of regenerative braking – up to 0.4G. This maximises range, and also enables intuitive ‘single pedal’ driving in many conditions.

I-PACE has received 66 global awards since it was revealed little more than a year ago, including 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, World Green Car, European Car of the Year, and German, Norwegian and UK Car of the Year.

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JAGUAR JOINS WITH CHARGEFOX

Jaguar Australia, a founding partner of the Australian Electric Vehicle Council, has signed an official agreement with Australia’s biggest public electric vehicle (EV) charging network, Chargefox.

The relationship makes Jaguar the first local manufacturer to formally support EV drivers through an agreement with the ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging network that is currently being rolled-out nationally by Chargefox.

The new partnership helps to ensure that Jaguar owners will have easy access to a rapidly developing major, multiple outlet, vehicle charging network.

Welcoming the agreement, Chargefox Chief Executive, Marty Andrews, said Jaguar Australia’s solid show of support means it will now be easier than ever for customers to buy and charge EVs.

“Jaguar drivers will be able to drive long distances confident in the knowledge they will have access to free, unlimited charging on some of the world’s fastest chargers,” Mr. Andrews said of his company’s growing network.

Chargefox, Australia’s biggest and fastest growing open charging network for modern EVs, already has three fully operational, ultra-rapid charging stations operating in regional Victoria, one in Barnawartha and the other in Euroa plus the latest site recently opened at Toombul shopping centre in Brisbane. By end July 2019, there are expected to be eight (8) ultra-chargers in operation, with 90% of the network planned to be operational by end September 2019.

By the end of the year a national network of twenty two ultra chargers will be operational forming a network connecting Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.

As well, additional ultra-rapid charging stations are also being planned for Western Australia and Tasmania.

Mr. Andrews says that, using a Chargefox ultra-rapid station, Jaguar I-PACE owners will be able to fully charge their cars – giving a 400 kilometre driving range – in less than 40 minutes, yet another feather in the cap of the car that recently won an historic 2019 World Car Awards treble capturing not only the coveted 2019 World Car of the Year but also World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car.

To celebrate the agreement that ensures fast, easy travelling Jaguar EV drivers, including those who already own an I-PACE, will get five years free, unlimited charging on Chargefox’s ultra-rapid EV charging network*.

Describing the Chargefox agreement as a move that is nothing but positive, Jaguar Land Rover Australia Managing Director, Mark Cameron, said the initiative lays a solid foundation for the long-term future of electric vehicles in this country.

“Charging infrastructure is critical to increasing electric vehicle uptake in Australia and this agreement means Jaguar customers can buy an EV safe in the knowledge it will meet all their expectations,” Mr. Cameron said.

“Not only does this initiative make interstate travel and longer journeys a reality, it also benefits regional areas by extending the ownership and driving experience for our customers living outside capital cities,” he added.

“With 22 station locations open by the end of the year, range anxiety ceases to be an issue. Drivers will be able to travel without concern for the level of charge in their batteries.”

Chargefox, which has been operating charging stations nationally for the past 12 months, is not only Australia’s biggest open charging network for modern EVs but also the fastest-growing. To date, the company has managed more than 20,000 charging sessions.

Using a Chargefox Ultra-rapid charger is easy for I-PACE owners. After registering their vehicle details in the Chargefox app, I-PACE owners will have visibility of all of the free charging available to them when using the Chargefox ultra-rapid chargers.

Jaguar Land Rover Australia is at the forefront of the EV movement with 13 charging stations at its new national headquarters in Mascot, New South Wales and further chargers installed across its national retailer network.

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NEW EDITION #197 HAS ARRIVED IN HARD COPY

It is out now and in the shops soon, and mail now for all of our subscribers.

It is edition #197 and the major features include:

The world’s best XK150S FHC

Driving Jaguar’s new models on ice in Lapland

The brilliant F-Pace S 3.0 diesel – driving opinion

50 years of the Jaguar Drivers Club Auckland – huge celebrations and historic cars

Profile on Phil Hill – his beginnings were with Jaguar

Buyer’s Advice – Rare XF SV8

Jaguar’s traditional home at Browns Lane – much of it still exists building Jaguar parts

50th Jaguar Rally of Australia

The first new high performance F-Pace SVOs we have encountered

… and much much more, of course.

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