PANASONIC JAGUAR FOCUSSES ON 2021

Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-Type 4

The 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E season six finale was to prove cruel for Panasonic Jaguar Racing and Mitch Evans. Starting round 11 in P23, due to the disadvantage of being in Qualifying Group 1, Mitch scythed through the field with a trademark drive and gained 12 places to finish P11 just outside of the points places.

Team-mate Tom Blomqvist, in only his second race for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, battled valiantly to P17 after a promising qualifying start of P12.

Mitch Evans was in Qualifying Group 1 for each race this season which proved to be the deciding factor in his title bid. Mitch came into the final six races in second place but significant track evolution for those drivers in Group 1 meant that it was not possible to fight to be in the Super Pole session and secure a top six starting position in any of the Berlin races. Evans started outside the top 10 in all the Berlin rounds and despite making up 32 places in the last three races he could only salvage P7 in the drivers’ standings.

Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-Type 4

The first half of the season was more positive for Panasonic Jaguar Racing and Mitch which saw the team and Evans secure their second Formula E victory with a dominant win in Mexico City and a podium in Santiago.

Rookie James Calado, who missed out on the final two races of the season due to a WEC clash, was only able to secure two points scoring finishes in Diriyah and Santiago. Reserve driver Tom Blomqvist made an impressive debut by going through to Super Pole on his debut.

Jaguar Racing will be back on track on 16 January 2021 in Santiago, Chile for the first race of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World championship with Mitch Evans and multiple-race winner Sam Bird behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5.

James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director:

“The final race of season six proved to be another challenging one. Mitch did a fantastic job in the race to make up 12 places and nearly find our way into the top 10. It’s quite incredible if you look at our race pace but the gap was just too large to get into the points.

“Unfortunately, we’ve been victim, again, to the qualifying system – as we have been for all six races here in Berlin. It’s very frustrating for the team as we’ve shown we have an incredibly fast racecar. A big thank you to Tom for stepping in at short notice, doing a great job in qualifying and bringing the car home.

“I would like to especially thank all the team, both those here in Berlin and those back in the UK, for a tremendous effort which has not been fully rewarded this time. Hats off to everyone at Formula E and FIA for putting on a great season six finale in Berlin – the organisation and resolve of everyone involved has been exceptional.

“As a team we feel we’ve been disadvantaged here in Berlin but we take away the positives – an incredible win in Mexico City, a Pole position in Santiago and the speed we’ve shown, particularly in Marrakesh.

“All of this would not be possible without our great commercial partners – thank you to everyone at Panasonic, Viessman, Castrol and GKN. Our season seven preparations have already begun and we are more determined than ever to fight for podiums and wins when Mitch and Sam (Bird) get back on track in January 2021 in Santiago, Chile.”

Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Driver #20:

“It was a massive race from P23 up the grid to P11. It was a busy one and I’m pretty tired now. I tried my hardest, we tried our best – that’s all you can do. I would have preferred if these last six races were held in Mexico as that track really suited me and the Jaguar I-TYPE 4! It’s a shame, after coming into Berlin in a promising position, but tomorrow I will put it all behind me. We’ll come back stronger next year and have another crack at it. Thanks everyone for your support this year and see you next season.”

Tom Blomqvist, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Driver #51:

“We qualified P12 which was not too bad. It is super close and super tight round here in Berlin. The race, just like yesterday, was difficult for me, I’m just lacking that race experience in Formula E but all in all it was great to be involved and I had a great time. Huge thanks to Panasonic Jaguar Racing for the opportunity – a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t expecting this, so it was really nice to get back out on the track. It’s been an honour and really enjoyable.”

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KIWI SIMON EVANS WINS THE I-PACE SERIES

Simon Evans (NZL), Team Asia New Zealand

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series concluded today in Berlin with Simon Evans being crowned the season two champion. Team Asia New Zealand driver, Evans, kept a cool head to finish P2 ahead of his title rival Sérgio Jimenez who was leading the series until the last race. ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil driver Cacá Bueno won the final round of the ten-race all-electric series with a lights-to-flag victory. He is the brother of Panasonic Jaguar driver Mitch Evans.

Kiwi driver, Evans, has won four races this season and continuous visits to the podium put him one step ahead of his Brazilian rivals. He only had to finish ahead of Sérgio to take the title and he drove his Jaguar I-PACE faultlessly throughout the seven Berlin races at the Tempelhof airfield.

Simon Evans (NZL), Team Asia New Zealand 1st position Mitch Evans (NZL)

First lap dramas saw Jaguar China Racing driver, Nick Foster, try to overtake Jimenez into turn one but the Brazilian closed the door which put the Australian down the order. Alice Powell, in her Jaguar ran racing Team Germany I-PACE, finished just off the podium in P4 to secure fourth in the series. Gregory Segers, the French teenager, finished just behind his team-mate Foster and ahead of Team Yokohama Challenge racer, Takuma Aoki.

PRO-AM challenger, Paul Spooner’s, race was cut short after a coming together with VIP driver Sven Förster which lead to his retirement with a puncture. Adalberto Baptista secured the runners-up spot with a spirited win – the Brazilian’s first of the season.

The world’s first all-electric touring car series bows out after seven electrifying ‘Lockdown Showdown’ races in Berlin. The series has showcased the award-winning Jaguar I-PACE in some of the world’s greatest cities – New York, Monaco, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Paris, Rome and Berlin. It has supported a diverse grid of men and women from all around the world and made history along the way. Jaguar Racing’s journey continues in ABB FIA Formula E as the series receives FIA World Championship status from next season which starts on 16 January 2021 in Santiago, Chile.

“Unreal experience – I’m incredibly proud to be the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY season two champion! The I-PACE came through for me again and it was like a rocket! It’s been a tough nine days, with seven races but it’s been epic at the same time. Thanks to the Giltrap family and Group, Access Group and Wearnes Group, we did it. We rolled with the same set-up, with what we know and it worked, I’m so happy for Team Asia New Zealand. Big thanks to Robin Colgan and the guys in the Asia Pacific office and for putting me in the seat – Giltrap Group, Access Group and Wearnes Group and the opportunity to do this. I’m over the moon!”

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JAGUAR TO CELEBRATE 60 E-TYPE YEARS WITH SIX NEW MATCHED PAIRS

Jaguar Classic will create six matched pairs of E-types to celebrate the iconic sports car’s 60th anniversary in 2021: the E-type 60 Collection.

Each pair of E-type 60 Edition cars pay tribute to two of the oldest and most famous Jaguar E-types of all: ‘9600 HP’ and ‘77 RW’, which played pivotal roles in the unveiling of the car at its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland in March 1961.

An Opalescent Gunmetal Grey 3.8-litre Fixed-Head Coupe registered ‘9600 HP’ was one of the first two E-types unveiled to specially-invited guests at the Parc des Eaux Vives. Driven ‘flat out’ to Switzerland from Coventry the night before the launch, public relations manager Bob Berry arrived with minutes to spare for demonstration drives.

With an outstanding reaction to the E-type resulting in overwhelming demand for drives with Berry, legendary Jaguar Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis was told to ‘drop everything’ and drive a British Racing Green 3.8-litre roadster registered ‘77 RW’ overnight from Coventry to Geneva.

Both cars were also used for media road tests, which proved the car’s sensational performance – including its 150mph top speed – matched its jet aircraft-inspired lines honed in a wind tunnel by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.

Every E-type 60 Edition built by the team at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire will be an existing 1960s 3.8-litre E-type fully-restored to exclusive 60th anniversary tribute specification.

Each E-type 60 Collection pair will include one Flat Out Grey ‘9600 HP’ coupe and one Drop Everything Green ‘77 RW’ roadster, with unique paint formulations exclusively reserved for these cars. Each E-type 60 Edition will feature a number of 60th anniversary commemorative design details created in conjunction with Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson.

Synonymous with the revolutionary zeitgeist of the Swinging Sixties, E-types were owned by celebrities including Steve McQueen, Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Tony Curtis and Britt Ekland. And, thanks to the beauty of its sculptural forms, its functionality and its impact on design, an E-type became only the third car to join The Museum of Modern Art’s design collection in 1996.

Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic, said: “The Jaguar E-type is a genuine icon, as sensational today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961. It’s testament to the E-type’s advanced design and engineering that it can still be enjoyed and admired as passionately almost 60 years on. 

“The E-type 60 Collection is a lasting tribute for E-type admirers, honouring the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly restoring, maintaining and future-proofing enjoyment for generations to come.”

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RON FLOCKHART BY HIS BEST MATE, HUGH

Ron Flockhart and his co-driver Ivor Bueb relishing their 1957 Jaguar victory at Le Mans.

When we founded this magazine in November 1984 I thought it had a life of perhaps 20 editions before we started to run out of good features.

Thankfully, I was very wrong. The one we are working on now is edition #204 and I am compiling what is one of the most significant and fascinating stories we have ever published.

Thanks to Clive Beecham in London, and owner of the ex-factory and Ecurie Ecosse Long Nose D-Type XKD603, we have been introduced to 98 year old Hugh Langrishe.

Hugh working at Le Mans in 1957

Hugh was Ron Flockhart’s best friend and business partner, and retains a treasure trove of memories and images of his Scottish mate. He was timekeeper for Ecurie Ecosse when it won Le Mans in 1957 and took first and second places

He is sharing those for the first time with us, and both Ron and Hugh had ties to Australia too. Of course, Ron was killed there unfortunately, but Hugh was posted to Australia in 1944 for 12 months as part of his role with the Royal Navy in WW2.

D-Type XKD603 owner Clive Beecham reunited Hugh Langrishe with the car he recorded in 1957.

I am very excited, and can’t wait to put it all down for our readers and also posterity in Jaguar Magazine #204.

After all these years we are still finding new Jaguar history to record and enjoy – and it is truly significant international history in both motor racing terms and aviation.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER NAMES NEW CEO

Jaguar Land Rover named former Renault SA head Thierry Bollore its next chief executive officer to help steer the U.K. carmaker out of a prolonged sales slump that has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bollore, 57, will take charge of the manufacturer of luxury sports cars and SUVs when Ralf Speth steps down as CEO in September, JLR said in a statement Tuesday.

The Frenchman is taking the helm as auto demand remains under pressure after the initial easing of Covid-19 related shutdown measures weighed on economies around the world early this year. Unprofitable JLR was already grappling with a sales downturn, uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the European Union, stricter emissions rules impacting its sport utility vehicles, and a dip in exports to China — one of its biggest markets — before the health crisis hit.

A former No. 2 at Renault, Bollore rose to the top job after the arrest of Carlos Ghosn in 2018. He was ousted when tensions with partner Nissan Motor Co. came to a head last October. Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said then that Bollore had to go to revive the relationship with its Japanese peer.

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