IAN CALLUM DECLARED AN ‘ICON’ IN LONDON

Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar, has been honoured with the prestigious ‘Icon Award’ at this year’s London Classic Car Show. Acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents, the award recognises Callum’s illustrious career and his impact throughout the industry.

The fifth annual London Classic Car Show showcased a celebratory exhibition of some of Callum’s most notable and career-defining cars; including the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and the F-TYPE, winner of 2013 ‘World Car Design of the Year’. Significant cars from Ian’s early career such as the Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish and Ford RS200 were also on display.

Accepting the award, Ian Callum said, “It is an honour to be chosen by The London Classic Car Show as its 2019 Icon and be recognised for my contribution to car design. It was a hugely special moment for me to see such a large collection of my life’s work in the one place – that has never happened before.”

Event Director for The London Classic Car Show, Bas Bungish said, “Ian was an obvious choice as this year’s Icon. His incredible career has brought us some of the most recognisable and celebrated models on our roads today, and in our garages as coveted future classics.”

Ian Callum spent his early career at Ford Design Studios before becoming Chief Designer of TWR Design. Callum has been at the forefront of the transformation of Jaguar’s design aesthetic since joining the brand in 1999.

In 2005, Ian was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA and in 2014 received the Minerva Medal – the highest accolade bestowed by the Chartered Society of Designers, awarded for a lifetime’s achievement in design. Callum continues to lead a team of highly talented designers at Jaguar’s design studios in Coventry and has received six honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

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EVANS 7TH IN MEXICO – TEAM MATE HAS HUGE CRASH

Nelson Piquet Jnr endured a dramatic crash in the fourth race of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E season in Mexico City but stepped out his Jaguar I-PACE 3 unharmed. Mitch Evans brought his racecar over the line in seventh for a six-point finish for Panasonic Jaguar Racing.

Piquet Jnr achieved the fastest first sector of any driver in qualifying but couldn’t convert to Super Pole – he started the race in P11 and Evans in P17 after inheriting a place from Robin Frijns’ penalty.

Piquet Jnr was fighting for eighth position into turn 14 when a collision with Jean-Éric Vergne’s back wheel sent the Brazilian driver over the top of his car in one of the biggest collisions in Formula E. Despite serious damage to the car, Piquet Jnr emerged from the crash unharmed.

Evans showed fantastic form, climbing an impressive ten places to finish seventh and secure six points for Panasonic Jaguar Racing – his fourth consecutive points-finish this season.

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KATHERINE LEGGE WITH I-PACE eTROPY IN MEXICO CITY

Katherine Legge (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) claimed victory today in round two of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY at the iconic Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit, in Mexico City.
 
Katherine Legge started on pole position, with team mate Bryan Sellers alongside in second, round one winner, Simon Evans of Team Asia New Zealand starting in third and Jaguar VIP driver, Salvador Duran starting on the grid in fourth.
Legge took an impressive lights to flag victory with fellow Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Bryan Sellers pushing his team mate all the way to the chequered flag.  Legge now leads the series and made history by being the first female racing driver to win a race during a ABB FIA Formula E weekend.
 
Legge said:  “I have been looking forward to getting back in the car ever since Ad Diriyah; and to come away with a podium finish in Mexico is amazing and testament to the hard work the team have put into the car this week. There were a lot of learnings from round one, and to put these into play in Mexico is really rewarding. Hong Kong cannot come soon enough, and I hope to take the momentum from this race into the rest of the season.”
Sérgio Jimenez completed the podium for Jaguar Brazil Racing having taken advantage of a collision at the chicane which forced Mexican VIP driver Salvador Durán to retire after hitting Caca Bueno’s Jaguar I-PACE.  Kiwi driver Simon Evans had to avoid the accident which pushed him down the order.  Bander Alesayi took the Pro-Am class victory with fifth place overall.
 
The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is the first series for battery electric production-based cars and is a proof point of Jaguar Racing’s Race to Innovate mission; taking learnings from the racetrack and putting them back into their road vehicles.

Following the conclusion of round two, Championship Manager, Marion Barnaby said: “The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is key to Jaguar Racing’s race to road strategy but it is also a fully fledged racing series and as we have seen in Mexico City, all of the drivers are here to compete and the performance of the Jaguar I-PACE matches their competitive ambitions.”
 
“The vehicles are incredibly capable and we are learning and developing each race. The demands on car and driver are providing some key insights that will serve us well as the Championship evolves and ensure truly exciting racing.”
 
The third round of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will be held in Hong Kong on 10 March 2019.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER’S GROUNDBREAKING NEW PETROL ENGINE


Jaguar Land Rover is expanding its Ingenium engine family with a new six-cylinder petrol engine designed and engineered in-house, and manufactured at its £1 billion Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton, UK.

The 3.0-litre straight six cylinder petrol engine, which will debut in 2020, is available in 265kW and 294kW versions with a torque capable of up to 495 and 550Nm, is more responsive and better balanced than the outgoing V6 petrol.

It features a unique combination of an electric supercharger to deliver immediate response supported by a twin scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift, which boosts power and help the engine to breathe with maximum efficiency.

These performance-boosting technologies, combined with Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology, optimises performance, fuel economy and reduces emissions. The MHEV 48V system uses a small integrated electric motor to harvest energy lost during deceleration, and then intelligently redeploys it to assist the engine to maximise efficiency.

The in-line six-cylinder petrol engine is 20% more fuel efficient than the V6 petrol engine it replaces* and is fitted with a Gasoline Particulate Filter, reducing particulate emissions by up to 75%.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO BUILD ITS OWN ELECTRIC ENGINES

After a long and tiring HQ move we are back on-line as things get back to normal. So now we can bring you the latest Jaguar happenings - such as this.

Jaguar Land Rover, Britain’s largest vehicle manufacturer, has reaffirmed its commitment to battery manufacturing plans despite laying off around 10 percent of its workforce.

"Later this year, next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDU) will be produced at the company’s Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton,” the company said in a statement this month. “These EDUs will be powered by batteries assembled at a new Jaguar Land Rover Battery Assembly Centre located at Hams Hall, North Warwickshire, reinforcing the company’s commitment to the West Midlands and the U.K.”

The announcement came as the company unveiled plans to cut its global workforce by 4,500 employees as part of an effort to achieve a GBP £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) reduction in costs over 18 months. The job cuts, on top of 1,500 layoffs in 2018, follow a perfect storm of falling Chinese and diesel sales combined with doubts over U.K. competitiveness after Brexit. 

“Our results were undermined by slowing demand in China, along with continued uncertainty in Europe over diesel, Brexit and the WLTP [worldwide harmonized light vehicles test procedure] changeover,” said Jaguar Land Rover’s chief executive, Professor Dr. Ralf Speth, last October.