If you wondered the significance of our cover shot for the commemorative 200th edition of Jaguar Magazine, you will be stunned to know the reality. It was taken at Sandown track just days ago in a special shoot arranged by Jordan Roddy and captured by Alex Jovanovic of Freestyle Photography.
This racing TWR XJ-S is the most significant and original untouched (following its last team race which was in New Zealand in 1987) of the seven built. It is the Spa 24 Hours and Bathurst winner, and was repatriated from a Scottish collection by Mike Roddy over 15 years ago. Mike still owns, maintains and enjoys it on special occasions.
The other XJ-S is in fact a very late and rare XJR-S – repatriated by Mike’s son Jordan also from a private collection, this one in Japan.
This unique six litre V12 limited edition machine has as good as no miles recorded, and is exactly as it was built without a touch of restoration – even down to the new car smell.
The full story is revealed in our cover feature.
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IT IS A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND – BUT HAVE ALMOST FINISHED WORK ON OUR 200TH EDITION!
And it is going to be a big one …
These are some of the main features coming to you.
200 Edition Highlights. Many of our biggest moments in 35 years – and even more. 10 pages.
The Best XJR-S in the world – now in Melbourne and fresh from a Japanese collection. 1996 build and 200 kilometres from new! 6 pages.
XE Jaguar driven. The brand new updated 2020 model. 8 pages.
The first two Australians to race at Le Mans – Bernard Rubin won in a Bentley and Nick Haines drove the first Jaguar to finish the race! We explain their stories. 6 pages.
S.S. Jaguar 100 – classics in the country examined and identified (over 20) – with race and unseen ancient images not seen before. 6 pages.
Exclusive. Sir William Lyons’ historic and grand UK home Wappenbury Hall visited by us. It now owned by Melbourne Jaguar devotee Scott Shearman and is being prepared to be shared with the public. 4 pages.
Stirling Moss’ factory-owned and two-tone coloured XK120 Fixed Head Coupe. 4 pages.
Goodwood Revival 2019 – Graeme Lord shows us the other side of the Revival in spectacular images. 4 pages.
Jaguar has today unveiled its first all-electric virtual sports car – the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé. The futuristic EV is set to join the grid as the latest addition to the Vision Gran Turismo line-up for the Gran Turismo series.
The all-electric Jaguar Vision GT Coupé has been designed and developed from the ground up taking inspiration from the brand’s incredible racing lineage. The iconic C-type and D-type influence its fearless futuristic design, while Jaguar’s I-TYPE 4 Formula E and I-PACE eTROPHY racing cars provide the technical foundations for its uncompromising racing performance.
Jaguar’s team of designers were given complete creative freedom to develop the perfect proportions and beautiful surfaces of this virtual Jaguar of the future.
Julian Thomson, Jaguar Design Director, said: “This project has been completely led by our young designers and represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to create a vehicle steeped in our incredible heritage but pushing the boundaries of future design. The team have done an incredible job in creating something which is clearly identifiable as a Jaguar, inspired – but not constrained – by our iconic past.”
Providing gamers with 1,020PS (750kW) of power, 1,200Nm of torque, a 0-100km/h time of less than two seconds and perfectly balanced handling, the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé will be on the starting grid for GT Sport fans from the end of November.
Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo creator, President of Polyphony Digital Inc., said: “We are delighted to today announce the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo project. It was a great experience for us to work with Julian Thomson who is the new design director now at Jaguar. The design and performance of this car is a result of the team’s skill, craftmanship, and long years of collaborations together. We look forward to having drivers get behind the wheel next month.”
Exterior Design The influence of Jaguar’s rich racing pedigree is clear to see in the Vision GT Coupé’s assertive exterior lines and powerful, sculpted fenders which reflect those of the iconic Le Mans-winning C-type and D-type racing cars.
Where these heritage Jaguars pushed the boundaries of aerodynamics and braking technology, the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé features a deployable, active aero wing to optimise energy efficiency while generating the perfect amount of downforce.
Oliver Cattell-Ford, Exterior Designer, Jaguar Advanced Design, said: “This was the dream project for a car designer, creating a futuristic sports car for Gran Turismo means our designs and ideas could be truly limitless. It has to excite future generations and most importantly, look and feel unmistakably Jaguar.”
Beautiful shapes and purposeful proportions from three key cars in Jaguar’s racing heritage, the C-type, D-type and E-type, have influenced the form and graphics of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé. Radical front fenders are reminiscent of the C-type, the epic plan shape is inspired by the ‘Long Nose’ D-type, and the fast and elegant cabin hints at the Lightweight E-type.
The virtual sports EV is crafted from experimental lightweight materials, with the light and stiff monocoque made from carbon-fibre composites and advanced aluminium alloys. This focused lightweight construction ensures the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé weighs just 1,400kg and delivers near 50:50 weight distribution.
The Vision GT Coupé is the first Jaguar to feature the iconic Leaper on the front grille. Elsewhere the historic references continue with the twin-charging sockets flanking the rear haunches, inspired by Jaguar’s revolutionary 1968 XJ saloon.
Interior Design The interior of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé has been designed to fuse Jaguar’s heritage with its contemporary interior philosophy of progressive luxury, purity, driver focus, and stunningly intricate details, all of which are allowed to breathe through the simplicity of the car’s design.
Chris Shaw, Interior Designer, Jaguar Advanced Design, said: “We’ve really pushed the limit to imagine how a future Jaguar sports car interior could look. The architecture is visually lightweight, simple, and dramatic; featuring advanced and experimental materials and finishes. Sitting in the stunningly considered cockpit and looking out onto the gracefully long bonnet of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé – a view that is unmistakably Jaguar – the player will be fully immersed in the action.”
This selection of inspired details and inventive, innovative flourishes include hologram technology. The car features an on-board artificial intelligence system affectionately named “KITT-E” – a companion that would operate systems, and interface between the driver and machine to enhance the emotional connection with the car*. This technology can also display other useful information to the driver in a variety of formats, including three dimensional maps, and essential vehicle data.
The cockpit has been crafted to envelope the driver, creating a racing experience reminiscent of Jaguar’s Le Mans-winning D-types. It also features augmented reality digital side glass for enhanced vision either side of the car; the glass being able to highlight danger and obstacles, therefore increasing driver perception. Complimenting this, ahead of the driver is a transparent information cluster, displaying three-dimensional information inspired by iconic Smiths gauges, with rearward vision integrated either side in the screen’s simple wrapped design – all in perfect eye-line of the road ahead.
A unique soundscape has also been created to immerse the driver in a pure Jaguar racing experience. Led by the team responsible for the Jaguar I-PACE’s soundtrack, the Vision GT Coupé’s distinctive sound was created using brand new recordings of the 1957 Le Mans podium-finishing ‘603’ Long Nose D-type. Its race-spec 3.8 litre XK engine provides a unique layer, manipulated and woven into a futuristic and distinctive electric soundtrack.
Performance To create the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé’s uncompromising racing performance the design team called on the same Panasonic Jaguar Racing engineers who lead the design and development of the brand’s I-TYPE 4 Formula E and I-PACE eTROPHY race cars. The car is powered by three powerful, compact motors – one driving both front wheels, the other two driving a rear wheel each – which together produce a combined 1,020PS (750kW) and 1,200Nm. Players will be propelled from 0-100km/h in less than two seconds and on to a maximum speed of more than 200mph.
James Barclay, Team Director, Panasonic Jaguar Racing said: “The opportunity to take what we have learned on the track from our time in Formula E and apply it to a futuristic Jaguar race car has been a great challenge for the Jaguar Racing engineers. With its all-electric motor design drawing on the technology from both the Jaguar I-TYPE 4 and eTROPHY race cars, we have accurately modelled the performance of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé in the virtual world, creating a car that will be exhilarating to drive and a real threat to the competition.”
The Jaguar Vision GT will be available for players to download in Gran Turismo Sport for the Sony PlayStation 4 from the end of November and will first be driven by competitors in the latest round of Sony’s Gran Turismo World Tour event at the Tokyo Motor Show, Japan, from 26-27 October.
Jaguar is the first manufacturer to offer customers an all-electric RACE eTAXI experience around the epic Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Thrill-seekers and fans of electric vehicles can now experience the sports car performance of the I-PACE at the most demanding race circuit in the world with a professional driver behind the wheel. The zero-emissions model can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds (0-60mph in 4.5 seconds) thanks to its state-of-the-art 90kWh lithium-ion battery, which develops 400PS and 696Nm of torque.
The performance SUV will feel at home in all weathers around the 20.8km, 73-corner Nordschleife thanks to its dynamic handling and all-wheel drive; the zero-emissions I-PACE – 2019 World Green Car of the Year – will be able to cope with any conditions the circuit known as the ‘Green Hell’ has to offer.
The introduction of the first all-electric RACE eTAXI is another step in Jaguar’s electrification strategy as it enables more people to experience Jaguar’s award-winning I-PACE first-hand.
Jaguar is no stranger to electric race cars, with the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team preparing for a fourth season in Formula E. Jaguar has also completed its inaugural season of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the first all-electric single-make competition of its kind in the world, which features a grid of close-to-production I-PACE racers.
Bathurst’s 1000 kilometre race is a MUST DO every year because of the place if not the cars.
This year’s race was no exception, and you probably didn’t reality it, but Jaguar has very strong links to the Walkinshaw/Andretti Team which filled third place on the podium following an extraordinary race, even for Bathurst.
We know Jaguar inside out more than any other publication, so what are we talking about you may ask.
Obviously there is the Walkinshaw connection – Tom’s TWR outfit winning the race there for Jaguar in 1985. Tom and Win Percy finished third also, after leading for much of the event, and of course, a sister TWR Jaguar won with John Goss and Armin Hahne driving.
So what about this year? Well third place-getter James Courtney was Jaguar’s first Jaguar Racing Formula 1 Test driver. He returned to Australia following an horrific crash in testing.
… and his co-driver Jack Perkins? Well his very successful father drove the Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9LM into fourth place at Le Mans in 1988, backing up the winning Jaguar.
So that is it – other than the fact winning team owner Dick Johnson owned an XJ12 and worked for Jaguar demonstrating their new cars at tracks around Australia with Allan Grice, while Roger Penske competed head to head driving against the Lwt E-Type in Europe in the early 1960s.
I don’t think I can find any more associations with this year’s race!