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October 15, 2018

Meet Grant O’Neill and his wife Helen.  They live on a remote farming property in southern New South Wales in Australia, and if you saw them the street you would not appreciate their history!

Grant and Helen were not always Jaguar people, but recently purchased a new XF – and love it, having had a BMW before.  However, prior to that Grant was the main fabricator for the TWR JRA Jaguar XJ-S challenge at Bathurst, and crewed the winning car.

In fact, he prepared and crewed cars for 14 Bathurst races.

Their full story is in our coming edition and is, like many others, utterly fascinating.

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RODDYS CLEAN UP AT MOTORCLASSICA

October 15, 2018

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

October 11, 2018

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

October 11, 2018

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

October 2, 2018

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

October 1, 2018

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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XJ CAVALCADE TO PARIS MOTOR SHOW

September 29, 2018
 
The line-up will feature all eight generations of XJ produced since 1968. The special collection will be led by the car that started it all, the Series I, and finish with the most recent XJ50 special edition, which was revealed earlier this year. The convoy will also include significant models such as the Series II Coupé and X350 XJR.

Starting at Castle Bromwich, where the luxury saloon is produced, the 839km (521-mile) drive will take in a series of important locations, including Jaguar Classic, Bicester Heritage Centre and the Goodwood and Le Mans race circuits, which have played a significant role in the life of Jaguar and the XJ. Journey’s end for the convoy is the Paris Motor Show, where the Jaguar XJ Series I made its debut in 1968.

The Jaguar XJ story is one of design, desirability and performance and over the past 50 years it has become a true giant in the automotive world and it’s only right that we pay homage to it in this special way. When I started at Jaguar, the XJ was already an icon of car design, so to have been part of this story that has been told over half a century has been an absolute privilege.

The cars taking part in this one-off journey:
  • Jaguar XJ Series I: 1968
  • Jaguar XJ Series II: 1973
  • Jaguar XJ Series II Coupé: 1973
  • Jaguar XJ Series III: 1979
  • Jaguar XJ XJ40: 1986
  • Jaguar XJ X300: 1994
  • Jaguar XJ X308: 1997
  • Jaguar XJ X350: 2003
  • Jaguar XJ X351: 2009
  • Jaguar XJR575: 2017
  • Jaguar XJ XJ50: 2018

Paris has a special significance to the Jaguar XJ. In 1968 the XJ made its debut at the show, with Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons revealing his vision for a saloon car with the handling of an E-type. The luxury model was a revelation with its compelling combination of beauty, poise and performance. Since then, the presentation halls of Paris have played a regular role in the life of the XJ – the XJ ‘X300’ was unveiled at the event in 1994 and the revolutionary XJ ‘X350’, with its lightweight aluminium monocoque made its debut there in 2002.

Returning to the Paris Motor Show 50 years after its first appearance on the show stand caps a series of celebrations for one of the world’s great saloon cars, which has been the choice of business leaders, celebrities, politicians and royalty for five decades.

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COOMBS – THE LEGENDARY DEALER SURPRISES

September 27, 2018

Most of heard of Coombs of Guildford, the successful UK Jaguar dealer starting from the 1950s particularly, which raced ‘Mk1’s and Mk2 Jaguar’s with legendary success.

They also offered modified road versions of their race Mk2s, and today there are more ‘Coombs Mk2′ in the world than were ever built.

This photo then will surprise you, because the then tiny Surrey business was founded by John Coombs’ father long before his son made it famous.

In researching the feature for edition #195 on which are the few genuine full works built ‘Mk1’s, I came across this shot of the Coombs dealership in what is seemingly 1955 or 1956.

It was a very humble business, without flash gleaming showrooms, and which put its second-hand cars on the front apron!

And look at what else they sold!  Not just Jaguar but Citroen, Rover and Ford.

The used cars are from left Jensen CV8, eight-bar grille ‘Mk1’, Jensen CV8, ex-works 1954 Le Mans D-Type OKV3 (minus fin and the Le Mans and Reims light in the bonnet), XK140 FHC, Bentley, Morgan and a Mk2 Ford Zephyr.

The humbleness of the place is a shock to many of us.

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XE SETS LAP RECORD ON FORGOTTEN GP TRACK

September 25, 2018

The Jaguar XE has followed the SV Project 8 performance saloon onto the track by setting a unique lap record, this time around a long-forgotten Grand Prix circuit in France.

The 8km Circuit de Charade in Clermont Ferrand, which included public road sections, hosted the French Grand Prix in 1965, 1969, 1970 and 1972.  It fell out of favour as loose volcanic rock and the lack of any real run-off areas took their toll on cars and drivers alike. The full, longer circuit was last used in 1988 so Jaguar returned to the historic track to mark the anniversary of its closure by completing the first flying lap of the circuit in three decades.

After completing the fastest ever lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a production saloon behind the wheel of the XE’s track-ready stablemate, the SV Project 8, driver Vincent Radermecker attempted to set a production saloon lap record in the XE 300 SPORT. With a roundabout and two narrow gateways not used in the original circuit to contend with, Vincent lapped the demanding track in just 4 minutes 09 seconds at an average speed of 116km/h.

Vincent Radermecker said: “I set the production saloon record at the Nürburgring in the XE SV Project 8 last year and this lap was every bit as demanding. The agility, dynamic handling of the XE 300 SPORT came into its own on this challenging track. The longest straight is barely 600 metres, so I can see why drivers used to call this the French Nürburgring. It’s a privilege to drive this track and it’s really special to drive here with Jaguar.”

The XE 300 SPORT is powered by a 221kW (300PS) 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine and is capable of 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds. With 400Nm of torque, Vincent was able to make full use of the XE’s exceptional handling capabilities to exploit the smallest of opportunities throughout the twisty, undulating track, which snakes around the extinct volcano that sits in the centre of the original layout.

Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Engineer, said: “The XE features a lightweight, stiff Aluminium-intensive Architecture and sophisticated integral-link rear suspension, making it the best driver’s car in its class. Following the XE SV Project 8’s record-setting lap at the Nürbugring, for the 300 SPORT to set a record on this fast, flowing and demanding circuit demonstrates that these are two cars with one DNA.”

With its dynamic design and aluminium-intensive body construction, the XE provides the perfect basis for the enhanced performance of the SV Project 8. Taking the already agile and responsive handling of the standard car, the SV Project 8 takes things to the next level with a range of engineering enhancements.

Available exclusively with the 221kW (300PS) 2.0-litre petrol engine, all 300 SPORT models feature unique Dark Satin Grey details including the door mirror caps, rear spoiler and grille surround, along with 300 SPORT badging on the front grille and boot lid.

Distinctive 19-inch or 20-inch Satin Technical Grey finish wheels are exclusive to the special edition along with 300 SPORT-branded brake callipers. Customers can choose from four exterior colours: Yulong White, Indus Silver, Santorini Black and Caldera Red.

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September 24, 2018

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