INVICTUS OPENING – HUGE DAY FOR JAGUAR LAND ROVER TOO

With Jaguar CEO Dr Ralph Speth making an emotional speech at the opening of the Invictus Games in Sydney, and of course, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex being the focal point for media attention, the JLR Australia team have been working very hard behind the scenes.

The fabulous I-Pace was used in the opening event – driving through deep water – and the team has a big week to come.

The France team, made up of Cedric Arci and Mickael Ranchin, took gold in the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, in which 12 nations went head-to-head in a test of driving and navigation skills.

Watched by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, teams comprising of a driver and navigator completed challenges in a Jaguar I-PACE. The brand’s first all-electric car was making its Australian debut.

The challenges included driving through a water slalom obstacle, a precision driving test and a ‘smart cone’ course.

With the two quickest teams qualifying for the gold medal showdown, it was France who came out on top, finishing faster than silver medallists Australia, who were represented by Craig McGrath and Scott Reynolds. After finishing with the third quickest time in the heats, the United Kingdom team of Mark Perkins and Daniel Bingley took bronze.

And after being awarded the first gold medals of the Games by the event’s Founder and Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, the France team could not hold back their delight.

Having been Presenting Partner of the Invictus Games since they were founded in 2014, everyone at Jaguar Land Rover is hugely passionate about this event. On behalf of all our employees, I’d like to congratulate today’s medallists and wish all competitors the best of luck for what promises to be a memorable and inspiring week of competition in Sydney.

PROF. DR RALF SPETH
JAGUAR LAND ROVER CEO

 

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SPECIAL JAGUARS ON THE TRACK – MID-WEEK!

Today I travelled to the once-rural historic track at Lakeside, having had a tip that two of Gavin King’s (Concours Sportscar Restoration) new Lightweight E-Types would be on the track.  Gavin was there too, the Bronze car was having its debut.

I didn’t expect though to see long time friend Phil Smart’s awesome ex-Paul Zazryn Mustang and Camaro beating Mk2, plus a bunch of other very special Jaguars all performing on the track.

They are all seen in our next edition – plus historic images of all-time greats at the same circuit (Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Dan Gurney etc).

The sad news was found to0day is that it may never be used again after the end of this year with the population encroaching and protesting the noise!

 

Yes we know, the circuit has been there since 1961!  Way before new home owners came along.

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JAGUAR BLENDS THE XE TO PRODUCE SOMETHING SPECIAL

Of all models in the current Jaguar range we prefer the handling of the XE of any – including the F-Types.

Now Jaguar has celebrated the shared bloodline of the XE 300 SPORT and fire-breathing XE SV Project 8 by creating a unique piece of art in the sand. The two cars weaved across the beach at Pendine Sands to produce a 1000-metre long double helix pattern.

The shared DNA that unites the XE and SV Project 8 includes the cars’ lightweight aluminium body structure, outstanding driving dynamics and all-wheel drive traction, which allowed the two Jaguars to create the 1000-metre long artwork with absolute precision.

To find the space to create such a large pattern, the two cars travelled to Pendine Sands in Wales. Pendine Sands, like Jaguar, has a rich heritage of speed and performance, having been used for motorsport for over 100 years.

Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar Land Rover said: “The aluminium-intensive body construction of the XE enabled Jaguar to create a car as special as Project 8. These two saloons share the same DNA, delivering excellent handling, peerless performance and unrivalled dynamics.”

The dynamic demonstration of precision and accuracy follows the Jaguar XE 300 SPORT’s return to the long-forgotten Circuit de Charade in France, where Vincent Radermecker set a lap record for a production saloon around the original 8km layout last used 30 years ago.

CONCOURS SPORTSCAR RESTORATION – AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME

Gavin King and his his highly skilled team at Concours Sportscar Restoration north of Sydney has come up with the top prizes at both Motorclassica and the Jaguar Driver’s Club of Australia Concours d’Elegance – with two stunning E-Types which they have recently restored.

According to Gavin:

The white flat floor Roadster won the JDCA Concours d’Elegance outright, while the opalescent silver grey 3.8 FHC won the Concours d’tat outright.

Then the flat floor won the Modern Classic GT UK, and Euro class at Motorclassica.
By the judges admission, this was the most competitive and hotly contested class, and we only won by the closest margin over a freshly and magnificently restored 280SL.
Sensational results and congratulations to all involved at Concours Sportscar Restoration and – of course – the passionate owners.

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FIRST I-PACE SOLD IN THE US – DELIVERED

Mark and Holly Pascarella of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, have just taken delivery of the very first Jaguar I-PACE in North America. Although the family has owned many Jaguar vehicles before, the I-PACE is their first electric vehicle and they couldn’t be more excited. Here, Mark talks about the family’s enthusiasm for the I-PACE and how it’s the perfect SUV for their busy family.

Are you excited to take delivery of your new Jaguar I-PACE vehicle?

My whole family is excited! When I told my wife, twin 15 year-olds and 18 year-old, they couldn’t believe we would have the first I-PACE delivered in North America, before the vehicle even goes on sale. They couldn’t believe that it would be at our house, and we’re all just extremely excited to have an electric car and even more excited to have another Jaguar. We’re a Jaguar family.

What other Jaguar vehicles have you owned?

I’ve had two XKR models, an XJ, two F-TYPE vehicles and an F-PACE. I have an F-TYPE right now and my daughter has an F-PACE, so this will be our seventh Jaguar. My F-TYPE R is so much fun to drive. I’ve had it two and half years now, and people turn their head every time I pull up somewhere. They’re always telling me how beautiful the car is. It’s racing red with a black interior and a black top with gorgeous 20-inch wheels. It’s just a beautiful car and with the big supercharged V8, everyone hears you pull up. I wish I had a chance to take it on a racetrack, but I just don’t have the time.

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