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JAGUAR, LAND ROVER AND BMW TEAMING UP TO HELP EACH OTHER

August 15, 2019

Jaguar, which is partnered up with famous British SUV brand Land Rover, is reportedly working on tow compact SUVs with none other than BMW. That might sound like a weird choice, but quite a few other automakers have been leveraging Bimmer platforms for quite some time.

The rumoured new Jaguar SUVs are supposed to be compact, with one employing a “coupe” body style. They’re said to be using the BMW FAAR platform, which we know from the new BMW X1 and Mini Countryman.

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover have been collaborating already, including sharing engines, but this marks a new phase in that relationship. Perhaps just as shocking, this deal means Land Rover might be leveraging the BMW platform to launch a new entry-level SUV model.

It’s no secret that SUVs are hot, especially in the luxury market. With sales dipping, automakers are looking for any edge they can gain. And while Jaguar has been known for making luxurious, engaging cars, it’s looking to shift its lineup a little more toward SUVs.

These kinds of collaborations between automakers are going to become increasingly more common. The push toward cutting-edge technologies, plus increased competition globally is behind this trend.

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JORDAN AND HIS GEMS AT PEBBLE BEACH

August 14, 2019

He is still young by most standards, immensely talented as a commercial pilot, engineer and entrepreneur while his father owns the Bathurst and Spa winning TWR XJ-S.

Not a bad profile!

Now Jordan Roddy is in California for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey historic race meeting.

He is not on his own though and this is one of the four or five TWR V12 XJR-15s he has restored and/or rebuilt – while at the bottom level is the ex-David Brabham V12 Lamborghini racer he owns and has most recently totally restored.

We wish him well and look forward to the tales and images.

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F-PACE SVR V8 SUPERCHARGED – STRIKE A LIGHT!!!

August 9, 2019
See if you can read the name on the bridge …

It has been embargoed until today, but a few days ago we had our first drive of the hero-worship thundering F-Pace SVR beautiful beast of a Jaguar – with an acceleration time of a whisker over just 4 seconds for 0-100 kmh from a standstill.

Yet it drives like a kitten when not being asked to perform with luxurious ride qualities you expect in any Jaguar.

It it totally re-engineered, and according to Jaguar heads at our meeting, unless you buy one to specific order, the F-Pace SVR is now built on the production to meet with demand.

This sight is enough to get you excited.

Amazingly, in line with Jaguar’s ethos harking back to Sir William Lyons’ success, this beauty sells for just two thirds of its key rivals – yet outperforms them!

The full report is being put together now for the next Jaguar Magazine …

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THE NEW MODEL XE IS BRILLIANT FOR MANY REASONS

August 8, 2019

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We have just driven the mid-life XE up-grade – and applaud Jaguar for its new marketing approach.

All Jaguars are more affordable than ever.

Enjoy the video.

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FINDING THREE LONG LOST D-TYPES!!!

July 30, 2019
The Cunningham Long Nose D-Types with the team transporter and a Jack Endsley D-Type.

In edition #199 we break significant ground in a global sense by establishing the fates of three lost D-Types including XKD521 (8th at Sebring in 1956) and XKD503 which was the Ecurie Francorchamps D-Type which finished third at Le Mans in 1955!

There are three other cars involved into our investigation including the Cunningham team D-Type XKD525, which also went missing, but which we have found.

We will present the facts with images as well as historical research, and of course, at least one other D-Type as been ‘reborn’ after being scrapped.

This is as important to us as finding old masterpiece paintings, and just was exciting.

You will be intrigued too! It will be published in our next edition.

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RARE XJ-S JOINS HUGE PRIVATE COLLECTION

July 27, 2019

Studio434®, suggested to be the largest private car collection in Europe, has added a unique and rare 1989 Railton Claremont, a striking coupe designed by the late William Towns, to its growing collection. Studio434® cars have other models designed by the late William Towns including 24 Aston Martin Lagonda “Wedge” models – the world’s largest collection – plus the Hustler and Huntsman utilitarian vehicles.

The Railton Claremont is based on the Jaguar V12 XJS engine and underpinnings and was the brainchild of William Towns and is one of only two Railton tourers manufactured in 1989. The other is the Railton Fairmile, both cars were featured at the 1989 Motorfair, held at the legendary Earls Court exhibition site.

“I am a great fan of the iconic British car designer William Towns”, said Studio434® owner, Rodger Dudding,”and when I saw that the Railton Claremont was available at auction, I had to add it to our collection. It will now sit alongside our other William Towns’ designed cars including the Aston Martin Lagonda “Wedge” models, together with the unusual Hustler and Hunter vehicles”.

Studio434® now has over 460 cars and motorcycles representing models from the early 1900’s to the present day. Many of the cars are used in films and tv series including Mr Selfridge, Peaky Blinders and The Crown, most recently some of Rodger’s cars were used in the Elton John biopic Rocketman.

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HISTORIC D AND E-TYPES FOR CONCOURS

July 27, 2019

The first production Jaguar D-Type, one of history’s most prominent race cars, is set to star at the 2019 Concours of Elegance. Chassis XKD 509 is widely known as one of the most original D-Types in the world, with significant road and racing history, and will join the 15th E-Type FHC ever built in a line-up of the world’s rarest and most significant cars.

The 3.4-litre straight-six powered 1950s racer is possibly the most original D-Type in existence. It has kept its matching-numbers engine, gearbox and chassis, including the front subframe and monocoque centre-section. Its 1970s black body respray is still very much in its original condition, but was applied to the car to replace one of the most iconic in-period American racing liveries. While under the ownership of Lu Brero Sr, Chassis XKD 509 sported a wonderful matte dark blue on white colour-scheme with five unique vertical stripes down the length of the car. It was privately raced at tracks all over the globe, achieving podium spots and victories at a number of world-class motoring events.

The first production Jaguar D-Type will take pride-of-place in the palace gardens alongside the 15th E-Type FHC ever built. One of six E-Types displayed at the 1961 Scottish Motor Show, this particular example of the iconic British sportscar has played an incredibly significant role in the history of one of the country’s most renowned automotive manufacturers.

Having moved into private ownership in 1976, it was dismantled some twenty years ago with the intention of having it fully-restored, but E-Type #15 was left in pieces until it was purchased in 2013. After a 3,000-hour restoration by Classic Motor Cars, retaining the majority of its original parts, it’s now perfectly finished in its original colour of Pearl Grey – the only 1961 E-Type to be painted in this shade.

Both of these cars, the genesis of Jaguar’s sports car legend, will be joined by a collection of around 50 other historic Jaguar models at Concours of Elegance for the fifth annual Jaguar Trophy. Members of the Jaguar Drivers, E-Type and XK Clubs are set to bring along their pride and joy to the palace to be assessed by our esteemed panel of judges, before the winner is crowned on the live stage.

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JAGUAR SMASHES ITS OWN NURBURGRING RECORD IN XE SV8 PROJECT 8

July 24, 2019
The famous Nurburgring Karussell with the Project 8 en route to a 2019 lap record.

The Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations-developed XE SV Project 8 has demonstrated its breadth of performance capability by setting the fastest Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time for a four-door production car again: 7min 18.361sec.

Jaguar’s precious history – Mike Hawthorn powers his works D-Type through exactly the same spot in 1956. Photo Jaguar Magazine Archives.

This new officially-verified time on the 20.6km (12.8-mile) lap is 2.9 seconds faster than Project 8’s previous benchmark set in November 2017 and 7 seconds faster than any other four-door production car has achieved.

Project 8 is also the first vehicle to set an official whole lap record in the Nürburgring’s mid-range production car class, lapping the 20.8km (12.94-mile) circuit length in 7min 23.164sec.

Returning to the legendary German circuit in a production-specification two-seat Track Pack version of Project 8 was development driver Vincent Radermecker. The car’s height-adjustable twin-spring coil-over suspension was set in ‘track’ ride height, with adjustable front splitter and carbonfibre rear aerodynamic wing positioned for maximum downforce and stability.

To maximise performance and steering precision, for the final record runs Project 8 was fitted with new off-the-shelf ultra-high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres. Tested and chosen by SV engineers for their capability on the track, the road-legal tyres use rubber compounds directly transferred from Michelin’s competition tyres.

Jamal Hameedi, Engineering Director, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations, said: “The original Nürburgring time set by Jaguar XE SV Project 8 demonstrated the extreme performance envelope of the world’s fastest production sedan, but the SV team is driven by a motorsport mentality and we knew Project 8 could go even faster. This new official record time is a fitting reward for everyone who has played a part in pushing the boundaries for our customers with Project 8.”

Powered by the most highly tuned 600PS version of Jaguar’s 5.0-litre Supercharged V8, the all-wheel-drive Project 8 is capable of 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds) and a top speed of 200mph (320km/h). Project 8 also features a fully-enclosed flat underbody for enhanced aerodynamics, which is key to its performance.

Production of the limited-edition Project 8 will finish this year. There are three distinct four-door specifications available:

  • Lightweight two-seat Track Pack* – as used for the record lap times
  • Four-seat configuration with same aero package and performance as Track Pack
  • Touring specification with discreet fixed rear spoiler – the ultimate Q-car, limited to 15 examples worldwide and 186mph.

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MORE INFO ON EXCITING COMING JAGUARS – from Car and Driver

July 24, 2019
F-Type prototype under recent test.

Jaguar has confirmed that it will make a large J-Pace SUV and will replace the XE and the F-type. We already knew about the all-electric next-gen XJ sedan, but this is the first official word about the others.

The J-Pace SUV has been talked about for years. It will be larger than the mid-size F-Pace, competing with the likes of the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne. We expect the J-Pace to ride on the same new platform as the XJ EV and use the brand’s new inline-six engine.

Jaguar also confirmed that both the XE sedan and the F-type sports car will be getting “replacements,” although it didn’t say whether these models will be direct next-gen models or something slightly different. The XE was just facelifted for 2020, so a new generation is still at least a few years off.

We recently saw spy photos of a facelift for the F-type, which should debut by the end of the year, but it’s unclear if this is the F-type replacement that Jaguar is talking about. Previous rumors have pointed to an all-electric second generation of the F-type, something we think is likely, given that the XJ is becoming an EV as well.

Finally, in a bit of a surprise move, Jaguar mentioned that “considerably less expensive ‘baby Jags'” that could be called the A-Pace or B-Pace haven’t been ruled out. Given that these models were mentioned along with the other cars World Car of the Year jurors were shown, we think they are at least partway through the initial design phase. Jaguar said the baby Jags will be eligible for the organization’s World Urban Car award in the next decade, putting them in the same size class as cars such as the Kia Soul.

The electric XJ should be revealed by the end of 2019, but the debut dates for these other new models are unclear. We think the J-Pace is the most likely to come next, possibly debuting next year as a 2021 model. The cars shown to the jurors will be the last to be designed or influenced by Ian Callum, who recently left the company after 20 years and was the one presenting the new models.

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JAGUAR SHOWS ITS FUTURE MODELS – AND JLR IS NOT FOR SALE

July 20, 2019

After its unprecedented triple win in the 2019 World Car Awards, Jaguar has unlocked the high security doors of its hallowed Coventry design studios and other buildings to give a sneak peak of its premium models for the 2020s and beyond.    

Dr Speth, JLR CEO, revealed: “Our decision to create I-PACE started with an idea, two glasses of wine and a clean sheet of paper,” he revealed. 

“The team from this produced a consequential designed and engineered vehicle using the freedom of new, pure-electric vehicle technology. The Word Car organisation’s decision to award this 100 per cent-electric model an unprecedented three trophies demonstrates that we are on track to achieving our goal of Destination Zero – that’s a world of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.” 

Despite those highly ambitious aims for the long-term future, Jaguar is not immediately turning its back on buyers who prefer conventional petrol or diesel power. However, in the years ahead the company insists its main focus will be on part-electric or pure-electric vehicles designed and mostly built in Britain – with electronic drive units and battery packs British made, too. Another promise is that there will be “electrified options” for all new Jaguar models from 2020. 

Among them are the replacements for the current XE and F-TYPE, the all-new J-PACE SUV, plus the flagship model all-electric XJ which will succeed the combustion version which rolled off the production line for the last time on July 5.

Additionally, considerably less expensive ‘baby Jags’ (possibly badged A-PACE or B-PACE) willing and able to compete for coveted World Urban Car awards in the 2020s have not been ruled out. 

Another first at the vault-like Whitley studios was a session involving 150 senior Jaguar employees quizzing their World Car juror guests on how they carry out their high mileage work, assessing and driving hundreds of contender cars on public roads and test tracks in all corners of the world, including Pasadena, Greater Los Angeles, where World Car’s ‘LA Test Drives’ programme takes place over four busy days towards the end of each year.

CEO Speth ended the dedicated ‘World Car Day’ at Jaguar’s Global HQ by concluding:

“Jaguar values modern mobility as a basic right, and environmental protection as an obligation.”

He also talked realistically, enthusiastically and repeatedly about “affordability” being a crucially important factor in encouraging consumers across the globe to buy part-electric or pure-electric vehicles.

And Dr Speth stressed that Jaguar (plus sister manufacturer, Land Rover) are definitely not for sale to Peugeot-Citroen, Fiat-Chrysler, Hyundai-Kia or any other other motor manufacturing companies.  

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