RODDYS CLEAN UP AT MOTORCLASSICA

Congratulations to Mike and Jordan Roddy who cleaned up at prestigious Motorclassica in Melbourne on the weekend.

Jordan judged again with Australia’s 1980 F1 World Champion Driver Alan Jones, and at the end of the three days both Mike and Jordan came home with three wins.

They also achieved second in Best Restoration.  That was for the Mk2 which was a bare shell just four weeks ago.

They put themselves up to do things and work very hard to achieve their best.

Next up for them is the Sandown Historic meeting in a few weeks.  Their Spa and Bathurst winning TWR XJ-S is being prepared for that now.

As the late Ian Cummins was prone to quote:  “The harder I work, the luckier I get”.

I-PACE GETS EXTERNAL NOISE FOR SAFETY

With no engine sound, the electric Jaguar I-PACE required a new way to warn blind, visually impaired and other vulnerable road users it is approaching at low speed.

Jaguar has designed a unique Audible Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) for its first EV that meets and exceeds all forthcoming global legislation. Jaguar’s engineers have developed a sound that can be heard at speeds up to 20km/h and exceeds the 56dB(A) minimum required by forthcoming European legislation – the strictest in the world – for all new EVs from July 2019.

The I-PACE’s sound was tested by members of Guide Dogs for the Blind, the UK’s leading charity for people affected by sight loss, as part of the testing undertaken by Jaguar. It also marks the start of an on-going relationship between the two organisations.

Iain Suffield, Jaguar NVH Technical Specialist, said: “The absence of traditional engine noise from electric vehicles creates a problem for vulnerable pedestrians, such as the blind or visually impaired. This is especially true at low speeds in town centres and car parks. We developed the Audible Vehicle Alert System for the I-PACE to ensure the safety of all road users. Our potentially life-saving technology cannot be switched off and as the leading charity for people with sight loss, we are pleased to have the support of Guide Dogs to ensure real people are at the heart of our product testing.”

Jaguar’s engineers worked for four years to develop a soundtrack that is audible yet discreet and cannot be heard from inside the vehicle. Initial attempts to create a noise inspired by the sound of sci-fi spacecraft had to be shelved after pedestrians reacted by looking up to the sky, rather than at the road, as the vehicle approached.

Engineers tested sounds in a number of environments, including an anechoic chamber (specialist echo-free room) and various urban scenarios, before settling on the final sound for the I-PACE. It is emitted from a speaker located behind the front grille, can be heard in every direction and cannot be disengaged.

The alert increases in pitch and volume in line with the speed of the vehicle and, when in reverse, is accompanied by an additional tone that indicates the change in direction. AVAS is not required at higher speeds as there is sufficient wind and tyre noise for pedestrians to hear the zero-emissions vehicle approaching.

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I-PACE WINS ‘SUNDAY TIMES’ CAR OF THE YEAR

The Jaguar I-PACE all-electric SUV has been named as Sunday Times Car of the Year at the inaugural News UK motoring awards. The I-PACE was also named Green Car of the Year, securing its fifth major award since its worldwide reveal in March.

The News UK motoring awards are shortlisted by the motoring experts from News UK’s publications, including the Sunday Times and The Sun. It was these experts that voted Jaguar’s first all-electric car, the I-PACE, as Sunday Times Car of the Year, however it was a public vote that decided the I-PACE’s victory in the Green Car of the Year category.

Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: “We’re absolutely overjoyed to see the I-PACE pick up another two major awards in the UK, including Sunday Times Car of the Year. We’ve always said that I-PACE is revolutionary, using technology, design and packaging never before seen in a Jaguar, and we’re extremely grateful that the media and our customers agreewith us.I-PACE is absolutely a sign of things to come from Jaguar, so I’m sure there’s a bright future ahead.”

With a 292-mile range (WLTP), five seats, zero emissions, the I-PACE is both a practical and exhilarating SUV, packed full of the latest innovations.

The I-PACE will be able to achieve a 0-80 percent battery charge in 85-minutes using DC charging (50kW) and offer a range of up to 292 miles on a single charge. Home charging with an approved Jaguar AC wall box (7kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over ten hours – ideal for overnight charging.

Nick Rufford, Sunday Times Motoring Editor, said: “Jaguar scored a first for Britain by winning the race to launch the first luxury electric car to challenge Tesla’s dominance of this sector, against stiff competition from Audi, Porsche and Mercedes, whose fully electric cars will be on the road next year. The I-PACE is a tremendous achievement and shows that Jaguar’s engineers still lead the field in automotive engineering.”

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I-PACE TAKES ‘BEST CAR’ AWARD

The Jaguar I-PACE has been named ‘Best Car’ at T3’s 2018 Technology Awards. The awards took place at London’s Ministry of Sound last week. The award was present by Spencer Hart, T3’s Product & Style Editor.

Graham Wilkins, Chief Product Engineer, was on hand to collect the award: “We are delighted that the Jaguar I-PACE has won this prestigious award. As Jaguar’s first all-electric car, the I-PACE is an exciting new step for us and it’s fantastic to see our innovative technology recognised and celebrated.”

Since the car’s public debut in March this year, the I-PACE has already claimed an array of awards, including AutoExpress New Car of the Year and What Car? Game Changer. This award from T3 demonstrates the ongoing success of the I-PACE and in particular, highlights its impressive advanced technology.

T3 jurors had the following to say on Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle: “Here’s a car that almost defies classification, because Jaguar didn’t stick to one. Instead it focused on making its first all-electric vehicle into the very best car it could be. With a 300-mile range, 394bhp to all four wheels, and a delectable trim, it doesn’t matter if this is an SUV, a sports car or a sedan – it’s just great. End of.”

Awash with cutting-edge technology, the I-PACE uses Artificial Intelligence algorithms to personalise the car’s driving and interior settings to the individual driver. To maximise driver confidence, the car also calculates range and charging status using the most accurate system we have ever produced, taking into account topography and changing climate conditions amongst other driver inputs. The I-PACE is Jaguar’s first vehicle to include the intuitive Touch Pro Duo infotainment system and can provide over-the-air software updates, to ensure the car remains at the forefront of technology advancement.

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BOB JANE REMEMBERED FROM ‘THE INSIDE’ IN EDITION 195

Strangely enough, our editor and founder was born in the same grimy inner Melbourne industrial suburb as Bob Jane, and later in his life we spent a surprising amount of time with the businessman and racing champion.

That included a full five days at the Brisbane Motor Show where we shared a stand on which Bob sold his Jaguar signed posters – assisted by our future Road Test Editor, Tristan Hughes (as seen here)!

His very very famous Mk2 was on the stand with us, and we also later had a special half day with Bob, one-on-one at the Gold Coast, when he spoke to us about his life love of Jaguar and career.

He raced a Coombs Mk2 in 1962 at Aintree and created massive controversy there, then his Lightweight E-Type at Brands Hatch in 1965.  He owned his Mk2 when he died, and previously a D-Type, his FHC E-Type racer, Lwt E-Type, 30,000 mile MkV and MkV DHC.

He was appointed a Jaguar dealer in Melbourne – and Jaguar’s sales success in Australia in the 1960s owes a massive debt to Bob Jane’s profile.

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