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SIGNIFICANT JAGUAR AUCTION COMING UP

April 17, 2019

Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire will be hosting the Silverstone Auctions May sale of British Marques and Classic cars on the 11th May 2019, bringing together some very high quality and exclusive lots.

In association with the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, a fabulous selection of Jaguars are being offered including two XJ220s, eight E-Types, XK120s and a 150 with interesting history. For the more modern enthusiast there are XJS’ and XKRs.

Silverstone Auctions are very excited to be offering not one but two XJ220 supercars, one in left hand drive with 20,500 km and the other right hand drive with just 700 miles. This car was once the fastest production car in the world, with the record set by Martin Brundle in 1992 at the Nardo test track.

The left hand drive 1997 XJ220 in Spa Silver with 20,500km has recently had £50,000 worth of expenditure lavished on it by Jaguar Classic Works and comes with the registration “220 XXK” and with all details of the works carried out in car’s history file. This car is now in exceptional condition and ready to be enjoyed by its new owner. Estimated at £300,000 to £350,000.
If a left hand drive XJ220 doesnt suit, well you can have a 1995 right hand drive version with just 700miles in Le Mans Blue. This car was recently discovered in a private collection in Malaysia and brought back to the UK where it underwent £25,000 worth of work by XJ220 model experts Don Law in December 2015. Estimated at £325,000 to £375,000.
Two highly collectable cars which to date are still the fastest cars produced by Jaguar. A great opportunity to acquire one of the most significant supercars of their era.

Other Jaguars in the auction include E-Types which have always been considered one of the most desirable cars and Silverstone Auctions are offering a variety of specifications including this remarkably pretty 1973 V12 Roadster Series 3 in manual. The car has been in the same ownership for the last 22 years and underwent a restoration in 2000, taking four years by respected firm Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in Bridgenorth. At the same time as the restoration the clutch and brakes were upgraded. Registered as FRW 300L in Coventry, the Heritage Certificate states it was a Jaguar Cars Ltd press car. Prior to auction this car will be MOT tested and is estimated at £80,000 to £100,000.

The British Marques sale also includes a remarkable 47,000 mile, two owner, 1965 E-Type Series 1 FHC. What is even more remarkable is the car still retains its original paint. This is a US delivered, left hand drive car, which had a replacement interior whilst it was in the United States finished fantastically to its original specification. A true time warp and estimated at £40,000 to £50,000.

RBN 376 is a very interesting XK150. If you like doing some competition then this XK150S with a 3.8L engine could be the car. It started life as Fixed Head Coupe in Pearl Grey, then underwent a full restoration in 1990/91 when it was converted to a Drop Head Coupe at a cost of £58,000. In 2000 it was upgraded to rally spec for competition at a cost of £60,000, followed by a further upgrade and another £58,000 in 2005/6 with a competition engine. In 2008 the current vendor purchased the car and has since had it fastidiously maintained by Pearsons Engineering. This is a striking, sporty Jaguar and looks fantastic in Red, with an amazing history file, estimated at £120,000 to £150,000 you will not be able to walk by this amazing car.

If something a bit more modern is for you a 1994 Jaguar XJS Convertible could be the car. Presented in Artic Blue and with just 14,700 miles indicated and three former keepers, XJS’ of this quality are becoming quite desirable in this market. The second owner had the car for 21 years before selling it to the current vendor and at an estimated £20,000 to £25,000 this could be a fantastic example to own.

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MITCH EVANS AND PANASONIC JAGUAR’S MAIDEN WIN COMES IN ROME

April 14, 2019

Mitch Evans has become the seventh different driver to claim victory in the current Formula E season after beating pole-sitter Andre Lotterer at the Rome E-Prix.

The New Zealand driver, and indeed his Jaguar team, claimed a maiden victory in the all-electric championship.

HWA Racelab’s Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the podium positions, also taking his and the team’s first piece of silverware home.

The race started in damp conditions before it was briefly suspended when a red flag was called only three minutes into the race.

GEOX Dragon’s Jose Maria Lopez overshot the Turn 18 chicane, sending his car head first into the barriers and causing a three-car pileup.

The trio’s stricken cars completely blocked the race track, giving the stewards no other choice but to suspend the race in order to clear the incident.

Last year’s Rome E-Prix winner Sam Bird was also forced to retire on Lap 1 after getting caught up in his own incident with Lopez.

Just before the red flag flew, the Briton was tagged at the rear by the Argentine, coming into contact with the wall at the Turn 12 chicane and suffering damage to the rear of his car.

The race resumed just under an hour later with pole sitter Lotterer leading Evans and Vandoorne.

Evans snatched the lead off Lotterer with 16 minutes to go when he used his final Attack Mode to pass the DS Techeetah driver.

The Auckland-born driver was forced to use more of his energy during the closing stages of the race in order to cover Lotterer’s attack, but crossed the line with just two percent battery life left.

His victory makes up for his heart-breaking defeat last year in Rome where he lost the race from the lead after his car ran out of battery.

It meant that he denied Lotterer a maiden win of his own, while Vandoorne took an impressive third position.

Only four points separate the top four drivers in this season’s championship with D’Ambrosio in the Mahindra machine leading the standings by a single point heading into the Paris ePrix.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER SALES CLIMB AGAIN

April 8, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover has announced its full year sales from April 2018 to March  2019, revealing an 8.4% increase in the total number of vehicles it sold in the UK. With a total of 118,108 UK sales, Jaguar Land Rover exceeded industry trends in a UK new car market that declined by 3.67% during the same period.

Jaguar Land Rover also grew its competitive segment share by 3.86ppts (percentage points) from 29.47% to 33.32%, thanks to strong performances from a number of key Jaguar and Land Rover models. For Jaguar the premium crossover E-PACE was the biggest seller, with 11,142 units in its first full year of sales, while the Discovery Sport topped Land Rover sales, with 19,569 units. Discovery Sport has been a consistently strong seller since its introduction in 2014.

Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said“Despite the headwinds facing the automotive industry, I’m glad to see Jaguar Land Rover’s UK strategy is having the desired effect. Investment into the right products at the right time has seen us steadily grow our market share and our sales in what has been a declining market. We’re excited for what’s to come, too, with the return of our iconic Land Rover Defender, sales of the updated Jaguar XE and a number of other major product actions, especially the all-new Range Rover Evoque. Our retailers and customers have already been hugely enthusiastic about this new Range Rover.”

Jaguar sales alone were up 20.2% year-on-year, for a total of 38,604 units, spearheaded not only by the E-PACE but the continued sales success of F-PACE and the European Car of the Year, the I-PACE. Jaguar’s first all-electric model has sold 1,760 units, despite being on sale for just over six months. During a hugely successful period for I-PACE, it was named Sunday Times Car of the Year, UK Car of the Year, Top Gear EV of the Year, Stuff’s Best Car, T3’s Best Car and Pocket-lint’s Best Car.

Land Rover sales were up 3.5% year-on-year, rising from 76,851 to 79,504 units. The all-new Range Rover Evoque, on sale from 1 March, established extremely strong sales figures in its first month alone, with 2,158 units sold. The all-new car looks set to reprise its status as one of Land Rover’s most popular models. 

The remainder of the Range Rover line-up also achieved strong sales, with impressive year-on-year growth. During its first full year of sales, the Range Rover Velar was Land Rover’s third best-selling model, achieving 13,226 units.

Updates to the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport helped grow sales from 5,636 to 7,105 units and from 11,336 to 13,150 units, respectively. The popularity of the P400e plug-in hybrid variants has helped boost sales, with half of all Range Rover buyers within the M25 opting for the P400e.

The P400e plug-in hybrid is one part of Jaguar Land Rover’s emissions strategy, which has also included sustained investment into new diesel technology. The results are already clear, with a number of Jaguar Land Rover diesel models independently verified by the AIR Index as among the least polluting on the road. The Jaguar XE and XF have also been announced as RDE2-compliant, almost a year ahead of the legislation officially coming into force.

From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, as ever-more stringent air quality regulations come into effect throughout the world. In the meantime, Jaguar Land Rover has invested more than £1bn into the Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton and its range of cutting-edge, clean Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. 

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NEXT COVER: THE MOST REMARKABLE XK150S

April 3, 2019

We have known this rare XK150S 3.8 FHC for very many years.

It was fitted near new with genuine D-Type wheels, and after many years of being kept in virtual mothballs, it has since been owned all around the world – including England and New Zealand.

Jordan Roddy acquired it near Auckland earlier this year, then brought it back to its home city – Melbourne.

However, it was missing its famous D-Types, which he found and repurchased in Perth, Western Australia. He flew there to personally bring them back to Melbourne.

Now the wheels have been totally refurbished and returned to the car – today it was professionally photographed for our cover and main feature in edition #197.

Jordan has a clear sense of history, and one of the places he had it photographed on the exact same spot it sat for a Concours d’Elegance in 1970!

This is an exceptional feature.

The car has been loved so much it was once kept in a vacuum sealed box! It is quite a story!

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER RECYCLING ITS ALUMINIUM

April 2, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover is developing the next phase of its aluminium closed loop strategy with an innovative recycling initiative to transform the vehicles of today into the cars of tomorrow.

The REALITY project aims to recover aluminium from existing Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles and reform it into a new high-grade aluminium to create new vehicles.

The process is currently being tested on early, pre-production Jaguar I-PACE prototypes which have had their batteries safely removed. These batteries enter into their own second-life process which Jaguar Land Rover is developing while the scrap from the vehicles is sorted into various materials using high-tech sensors by Axion. Once separated, the aluminium scrap is melted and reformed.

When operating at full capacity, REALITY is expected to reduce the CO2 impact of production while reducing the amount of virgin aluminium required to produce vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover has already reduced its global vehicle manufacturing operating CO2 by 46 per cent per vehicle and remains committed to an ongoing decarbonisation process.

The pioneering project, co-funded by Innovate UK, is helping Jaguar Land Rover extend its closed loop aluminium economy. Between September 2013 and January 2019, around 300,000 tonnes of closed-loop scrap have been processed back into the brand’s lightweight aluminium intensive architecture, across all vehicle lines including XE.

In 2014, Jaguar XE was the first vehicle in the world to use aluminium alloy grade RC5754 for its body panels, which contains up to 75 per cent recycled aluminium. Half of the XE body structure is made of aluminium alloy grades that contain an important amount of recycled aluminium content – made possible by a closed-loop manufacturing system at our UK and Slovakia facilities.

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JAGUAR PARTS WITH PIQUET JNR IN PANASONIC JAGUAR TEAM

March 29, 2019

Following a poor start to the 2018-2019 Formula E season, Nelson Piquet Jr. will not return to Panasonic Jaguar Racing this year.

After retiring from the last three Formula E races and failing to score more than one point throughout the first six races of the 13-race 2018-2019 season, Nelson Piquet Jr. will not be returning to Panasonic Jaguar Racing this season.

The 33-year-old Brazilian and the team that he had driven for since the start of the season.

Here is what Piquet Jr. had to say about leaving Panasonic Jaguar Racing in the middle of the season.

“I have enjoyed working with Panasonic Jaguar Racing over the past season and a half but results in Season 5 have not met the collective expectations of myself and the team.”

Here is what Panasonic Jaguar Racing team principal James Barclay had to say about the team and Piquet Jr. cutting ties, according to RACER.

“We made a big step forward when Nelson joined us in Season 4. He achieved some strong results for the team, but recent results have not met his or the team’s expectations. We want to take this opportunity to thank Nelson for all the hard work he has put in since joining us ahead of Season 4; he has contributed a significant amount into the development of the car.”

Piquet Jr., who won Formula E’s inaugural championship in the 2014-2015 season driving for China Racing (now NIO), is one of five drivers who have competed in each of the 51 Formula E races that have ever been contested. Aside of him, only Lucas di Grassi, Sam Bird, Jerome d’Ambrosio and Daniel Abt can make this claim.

However, following the news of Piquet Jr.’s departure from Panasonic Jaguar Racing, this list will likely whittle down to four drivers when Formula E returns to action. The Rome ePrix is the next race on the schedule, and it is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 13 at Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR in Rome, Italy.

In his 51 career Formula E starts, Piquet Jr. has earned two victories, both in his championship-winning 2014-2015 season, five podium finishes, all in the 2014-2015 season, 13 top five finishes and 22 top 10 finishes.

In his 18 races driving for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Piquet Jr. earned three top five finishes, all fourth place finishes that he earned in the 2017-2018 season, and six top 10 finishes. He only finished five of his final 13 races driving for the team, and he only recorded two top 10 finishes during this 13-race span. He finished in seventh place in the 2017-2018 season finale before finishing in 10th in the 2018-2019 season opener.

Piquet Jr. currently sits in 20th place in the driver standings with the one point that he earned as a result of his 10th place finish to open up the season. Of the 21 drivers who have competed in each of the season’s first six races, only NIO’s Tom Dillmann sits lower than Piquet Jr. in the standings.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER PLAN TO CATCH SUPER BUGS

March 28, 2019

The car of the future could help win the battle against superbugs – according to Jaguar Land Rover.

Future models could help stop the spread of colds and flu thanks to innovative ultraviolet light technology (UV-C) borrowed from the medical industry, where it has been used for more than 70 years.

By integrating UV-C, Jaguar Land Rover believes it could help to stop bacteria and harmful viruses, known as pathogens, from surviving in the cabin. UV-C is currently widely used for disinfecting water, filtering air and sterilising surfaces by utilising wavelengths of light between 200 – 280 nanometres.

Exposing pathogens to UV-C within the air conditioning system breaks down the molecular structure of the DNA, neutralising them. Clean air is then released into the cabin. The technology could even help in the fight against drug-resistant superbugs.  

Jaguar Land Rover is exploring UV-C technology as part of its vision to create a tranquil sanctuary inside each of its luxury vehicles. The manufacturer is piloting a wide range of driver and passenger wellbeing features, as it looks towards a self-driving future.

Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: “The average motorist spends as much as 300 hours per year behind the wheel. There is a clear opportunity to better utilise cars for administering preventative healthcare.”

“The implementation of individual wellbeing measures as part of our ‘tranquil sanctuary’ research promises to not only improve quality of life for our customers but in this case, offers clear advantages in reducing pathogen spread – protecting the overall population from the threat of disease; particularly as we move towards shared mobility solutions.”

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HERTZ OFFERS JAGUARS AND LAND ROVERS

March 27, 2019

Hertz Europe has launched a new rental collection in the UK to offer a new themed premium experience.

The new rental collection brings Land Rover and Jaguar cars, British-themed lounges and extras including pick-up options, additional driver and unlimited mileage 

Available now, the new British Collection has been conceived to bring a high-end ‘Best of British’ customer experience, ranging from the Jaguar and Land Rover luxury models on offer from three UK locations with premium customer lounges, to the pick-up options, unlimited mileage and personalised welcome service.

Models available for hire include the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Jaguar F Pace, E Pace, XE and XF, from the Hertz locations at London Heathrow Airport, Marble Arch, and Edinburgh Airport. The rates include free additional driver and unlimited mileage while airport terminal delivery and collection is also part of the package for Heathrow and Edinburgh rentals – and local pick-up and drop-off for Marble Arch.

The three locations will offer ‘dedicated lounges’, featuring designs from Tom Dixon furnishings, nominated driver-friendly botanical drinks from British non-alcoholic spirit brand, Seedlip, flowers by McQueens, and a neon light installation from British contemporary artist, Lauren Baker.

It follows in the footsteps of the premium ‘Selezione Italia’ range in Italy last year.

Richard Davies, country manager for Hertz UK, said: “The unveiling of The British Collection and dedicated lounges represents Hertz’s continuing commitment to providing its customers with unique and exclusive tailored experiences. The British Collection is a new, upmarket offering, built with creativity and luxury in mind. Working with premium British brands and talent, we’ve been able to build an adventure from branch to the road.”

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER WINS CHINA COPY CAT CASE

March 23, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover won a legal victory and compensation after a court in China ruled that the Jiangling Motor’s Landwind X7 SUV was too similar to the Range Rover Evoque. The Beijing Chaoyang District Court agreed with JLR that that Landwind copied ve unique features of the Evoque, which led to widespread customer confusion, JLR said.

The court ruled that Landwind must pay JLR compensation. The ruling refers to the original Landwind X7 from 2014 rather than the more recent facelifted model, which toned down some of the more blatant similarities, JLR said. Landwind can continue selling the facelifted version. The two SUVs have a similar shape, with the roof and windows tapering from front to back, and near-identical tail lights and character lines on the side paneling.

JLR said the court’s decision suggests China is taking copying claims more seriously. “This ruling is a clear sign of the law being implemented appropriately to protect consumers and uphold their rights so that they are not confused or misled, while protecting business investment in design and innovation,” Keith Benjamin, Jaguar Land Rover’s legal affairs chief, said in a statement. Western automakers have faced diculties in China caused by domestic brand imitating their designs.  Also, a lawsuit can be bad for branding if the Chinese public think a foreign company is bullying domestic competitors.

“The ruling is highly signicant,” said Michael Dunne, CEO of Hong Kong-based automotive consultant rm ZoZoG. “For years, foreign companies have taken Chinese rivals to court for purloining designs and lost. GM, Mercedes, BMW, Toyota, you name it.” At certain times, Chinese leaders will allow a high-prole foreign “win” in order to win international support, Dunne said. JLR had its patent on the shape of the Evoque canceled in China in 2016 after a court ruled it was void because the company had patented it outside China rst. It responded by suing Jiangling.

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ULTRA – LISTER JAGUAR …

March 20, 2019

Following high demand for an open-top LFT-666, iconic British car manufacturer – The Lister Motor Company – is launching its most powerful open-top supercar ever – the LFT-C – ready for summer 2019.

The LFT-C has a top speed in excess of 205 mph, and a 0-62 mph time of just over three seconds, thanks to its Lister-tuned and supercharged 666 bhp V8 engine. In addition, the LFT-C receives the same bespoke wheels, exhaust, suspension and braking system as featured on the LFT-666, but also benefits from a bespoke, handstitched interior.

Each LFT-C will feature exclusive carbonfibre body panels, designed and manufactured by Lister in the UK. Unique Lister additions include: front bumper, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear lip spoiler, rear extended wheel arches, a new grille design, and new lightweight alloy wheels fitted with Michelin tyres.

Lister has also uprated the suspension and braking system and added a bespoke exhaust system to enhance the sound of the 666 bhp supercharged V8 engine to work perfectly with an open cockpit vehicle.

Every LFT-C will be built to a bespoke customer specification, from wheel design to paint finish. The interior adds a real level of unique luxury being entirely retrimmed, by hand with the finest UK Nappa hides from Bridge of Weir leather.

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