TRIPLE 8 BOSS ROLAND DANE AND PAUL MORRIS TO RACE AN XJ-S IN TOWNSVILLE THIS WEEKEND …

Triple Eight boss Roland Dane will line up in the North Queensland Supersprinters support category the next two Supercars weekends in Townsville.

Dane and 2014 Bathurst winner Paul Morris will rotate between the former’s 1985 Group A Jaguar XJS and 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, with five 20-minute sessions in store for this weekend’s NTI Townsville SuperSprint.

An ex-racer in the UK, Dane jumped at the opportunity to have a steer around the Reid Park circuit.

“I asked if I could bring a couple of my older cars up there just to have some fun and I suppose get out of town for a little while and enjoy Queensland when it’s hard to go anywhere else,” he told Supercars.com.

“It’s a good circuit because it’s actually a mixture of street and permanent … it’s more akin to an Adelaide than a Gold Coast really and of course it’s got a permanent pit building which was a fantastic initiative by the council and the state government back in 2009 when we first went there.

“So it’s a great venue and five minutes from the middle of town, so a lot of fun.”

Asked how hard he’ll be pushing out on track?

“Well I’ll try not to make a fool of myself,” Dane laughed.

“I couldn’t really care less about [pace], I’d just prefer not to damage them.

“I just want to have some fun and be doing something to be honest when we can’t go in and out of the Supercars paddock freely.

“I haven’t raced since 1995. But I’ve driven around tracks: Queensland Raceway and Norwell, et cetera, over the years in different things including Supercars and bits and pieces.”

Of his treasured cars: “It’s an ’85 Group A Jaguar built in New Zealand and about eight or nine years ago it was rebuilt by Angus Fogg and he only used it in some historic racing in New Zealand and I bought it last year so looking forward to running that.

“V12 engine, it sounds magnificent.

“And the ’67 Camaro was actually built into a race car in the early ‘90s by Andy Rouse in the UK, who was a prolific touring car driver and team owner and engineer.”

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JAGUAR BRINGS IN ECONOMY PRICED I-PACE

Jaguar is slashing the price of its flagship I-Pace EV400 electric SUV by introducing an entry-level EV320 variant with special edition features in a bid to capture a piece of the busy European electric car market.

The new model will have the same 90kWh battery and 470km driving range (WLTP) as its more upscale 2021 EV400 stablemate, but the EV320 will have less powerful motor with an output of 236kW compared to the former’s 294kW.

Jaguar says the base price for both models will now start from €75,351.26 ($A123,846.50 converted), which will further be reduced by German government state subsidies to €64,957.98 ($A106,764.22 converted).

Car makers are pushing electric vehicles in Europe to meet ever-stricter vehicle emissions standards, and with numerous government incentives being pushed across the EU, electric vehicle sales are now higher than in China.

To whet the appetite of would-be premium electric vehicle buyers, Jaguar is offering a time-limited special I-PACE EV320 SE, that features upscale SE equipment, and has a “price advantage” of more than €8,700 ($A14,299) and a particularly attractive leasing rate of €499 ($A820) per month

Jaguar says it has dropped the price of both I-Pace models to bring them within the limits of the new guidelines of the state funding program for electromobility (FEM), making them eligible for the state environmental bonus of €5,000 and the manufacturer’s innovation bonus, for a total grant of €7,900.

With a maximum torque of 500Nm, the I-Pace EV320 sprints from 0 to 100 km/hr in 6.4 second, while its maximum speed is electronically limited to 180 km/hr.

The limited edition Jaguar I-PACE EV320 comes with the extensive SE equipment package, which differentiates it from the “S” entry-level model of the more powerful I-PACE 400.

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It features 20-inch wheels in a six-spoke design, an electrically opening tailgate, electrically folding and heated exterior mirrors, LED headlights with LED signature and 14-way adjustable (12-way electric and 2-way manual) sports seats with grained leather and memory function.

A blind spot lane assistant, a blind spot warning function when the door is opened, and a collision warning system when driving backwards complete the arsenal of the safety-enhancing assistance systems. Two 10 or 5 inch touchscreens arranged one above the other on the center console round off the list of factory-installed features.

Both models integrate learnings from Jaguar’s participation in motorsports such as the ABB Formula E.

The new Pivi Pro infotainment system is designed to  improved navigation, such as where the next free charging station is, how much it costs to recharge there and how long it will probably take to recharge.

It also features 11kW three-phase charging, made possible by an on-board AC charger and when connected to an 11 kW wallbox, adds  a range of up to 53km per hour (according to the WLTP standard).

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER ACQUIRES FORD’S SUPERCHARGED V8 TOOLING

Supercharged Ford V8’s future secured as production moves to JLR plant

Flagship Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) SUVs, limos and sports cars will continue to be powered by supercharged petrol V8s despite Ford closing the factory that makes them.

Following Ford’s decision to shutter up its Bridgend plant in Wales later next month production of the current 5.0-litre V8 will be taken in-house to JLR’s plant in Wolverhampton.

Doubts over the future of the ‘AJ’ V8, that can trace its roots back to the naturally-aspirated V8 introduced on Jaguars back in 1997, sparked rumours that it was about to be dropped for the BMW N63 twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 but now it has emerged that the production line and equipment, and some of the Ford workforce, will transfer over to the JLR plant.

Confirming the V8 will live on, JLR issued a statement that said: “Manufacture of the JLR-designed V8 petrol engines previously made at Bridgend will move to the JLR Engine Manufacturing Centre, with further detail to be confirmed at a later date.”

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According to sources, speaking with Autocar, the V8 will remain in production for between three to five years and will be phased out once the stringent EU7 emission regulations are introduced.

It’s only then, say insiders, JLR will re-engineer its vehicles for the BMW V8 as part of a wide-reaching powertrain ensuring the British car-maker will cater for the demand from both the US and the Middle East for powerful petrol V8s.

Despite developing a new family of inline six-cylinder petrols, strong demand for the current XJ V8 was claimed to be the motivating factor for JLR taking the V8 in-house.

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TATA WILL NOT SELL JAGUAR LAND ROVER


Tata Motors has insisted it has no intention of selling Jaguar Land Rover, despite a breakdown in talks with the government over taxpayer support.

It said that it “categorically denies and dismisses any such intent” and added that the West Midlands-based carmaker “is and remains a key pillar of Tata Motors and the wider Tata Group”.

The Indian business was responding to speculation about a possible sale after the failure of talks with the UK government about Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Steel — also owned by Tata Group — over a possible bailout.

Jaguar Land Rover had been seeking taxpayer support of up to £2 billion from the Treasury’s Project Birch fund because of the coronavirus pandemic. Project Birch was set up to help businesses seen as structurally important to the UK economy, but the government concluded that the financial strength of Tata meant that it was not appropriate.

In the three months to the end of June, Jaguar Land Rover car sales fell by 42.4 per cent, while shutting plants because of Covid-19 cost it £1.1 billion.

Before the pandemic added to its woes, Britain’s biggest carmaker had been struggling with a fall in sales in China, a trend away from diesel vehicles and uncertainties related to Brexit.

Under Sir Ralf Speth, 64, its chief executive, it has been seeking savings of £2.5 billion, as well as working towards building more electric vehicles, but the pandemic has interrupted those plans. There has been speculation that a merger with a larger manufacturer would make investment in the transition to electric cars more efficient.

However, Tata said: “Unconfirmed and unsubstantiated reports have been published alleging that Tata Motors may sell a stake in Jaguar Land Rover. It is and remains a key pillar of Tata Motors and the wider group.” It said that the carmaker “remains strong as it transitions to new electrified, autonomous and connected technologies”.

Thierry Bolloré, 57, the former boss of Renault, is due to take over as the chief executive in September as Sir Ralf becomes non-executive vice-chairman of the business. Sir Ralf’s pay has risen to £4.44 million during a year in which more than 4,000 workers lost their jobs.

Of its 40,000 workers, more than 30,000 are located in the UK. The business produces more than 500,000 cars a year.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER PURSUES HYDROGEN POWER

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has begun developing new hydrogen fuel-cell technology for its flagship limousines and large SUVs.

The special research project, working under the ‘Project Zeus’ banner, has been given a deadline to introduce its first fuel-cell powered vehicle in around 2025, reports Autocar.

The first vehicle likely to receive the zero-emission tech rumoured to be the all-new third-generation Range Rover Evoque.

Hydrogen fuel-cells will then be rolled out to larger vehicles that could include both the Jaguar XJ and the flagship full-size Range Rover.

It’s thought hydrogen power, will be introduced alongside the car-maker’s all-new pure-electric tech to give markets like the UK and Norway another option in the void left by the ban of the sale of internal combustion engines.

Countries like UK have already said it will ban the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrids by 2035 while countries like Norway has declared consumers will no longer be able to purchase cars with internal combustion engines from 2025.

In the build up to the full launch of its hydrogen-powered cars, JLR will soon unveil a concept that will be driveable that’s reportedly likely to be Range Rover Evoque-sized.

The main draw of hydrogen power is it offers vehicles a long range and rapid-refuelling that will soon be comparable to filling up a petrol or diesel.

Hydrogen power could also be the fuel of choice for countries that will struggle with implement the charging infrastructure for pure-electric vehicles.

Commenting on Project Zeus, JLR engineering chief Nick Rogers said: “We’re looking for the right propulsion systems – ones that see minimum interference to the environment.

“Hydrogen is an ideal application for the bigger vehicles [in our line-up], because the bigger the car, you get diminishing returns [when using] battery packs. The amount of energy you can store in a battery for a given amount of weight means you’re in a position where you’re making the cars that are so heavy, they’re using [a lot] of energy just to cart that heavy weight about.”

Toyota and Hyundai have both already committed to rolling out more hydrogen-powered vehicles following successful trials with the Mirai and, latterly, the Nexo.

BMW too, has recently announced that it will push its i Hydrogen Next SUV into limited production in 2022 with plans to introduce versions of the X6 and X7 powered by the zero-emission fuel, that only emits water vapour.

The key advantage of hydrogen fuel, particularly for markets like Australia is it can be created by using renewable electricity from wind or solar.

The biggest hurdle at the moment is both the lack of economies of scale and poor infrastructure, plus the high cost of the fuel, as most hydrogen is currently produced using natural gas.

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