December 12, 2018

Jaguar will make history this weekend with the debut of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars.

It will be the first time women compete against men in a race in Saudi Arabia, and Katherine Legge, Célia Martin and Alice Powell will be amongst the first women to take part in a motor race in the Kingdom.

In the ancient surroundings of Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, 11 drivers from five continents will take on the 21 twists and turns of the 2.495km track, which starts and finishes in the heart of the old town.

Entrants will be joined by VIP driver and British racing star Alice Powell.

The 25 year old was the first ever female to win a Formula Renault Championship, the first female to score points in the GP3 Series and in 2014, was Champion in the Formula Renault Asia Championship.

Alice was recently named in the first selection for the upcoming W Series.

As a Dare to be Different Ambassador, she supports and develops young female karting talent, as well as coaching up-and-coming young female drivers.

The race is on Saturday 15 December at 12:50 local time, before the main ABB FIA Formula E race.

A shakedown and free practice session will take place on Friday, and qualifying is at 07:55 on Saturday.

The race is 25 minutes + 1 lap of full power racing.

Fans around the world will be able to watch the action free on Jaguar Racing’s Facebook and Twitter channels with TV presenters Vernon Kay and Amanda Stretton hosting live from Saudi Arabia.

Gerd Mäuser, Chairman of Jaguar Racing, said: “We are immensely proud to reach this historic moment.

“We had an idea that we could bring electric production car racing to city streets, and showcase the power and capability of the award-winning Jaguar I-PACE.

“This weekend that will become a reality.

“We have built this championship from scratch, attracting drivers, teams and sponsors from all over the world, and this is just the beginning.”

Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder, Formula E, said: “Congratulations and good luck to Jaguar Racing this weekend as they embark on a historic first for motorsport and electrification.

“We are proud to have them on the grid in Formula E and now with a spectacular support series with the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

“This gives our fans an exciting addition to our one-day race format and I can’t wait to watch the action and see the first winner.”

The line-up for the first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race is:

Driver Driver flag Team Car number
Alice Powell Great Britain Jaguar VIP car 1
Katherine Legge Great Britain Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 3
Bryan Sellers USA Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 6
Cacá Bueno Brazil Jaguar Brazil Racing 0
Sérgio Jimenez Brazil Jaguar Brazil Racing 10
Célia Martin France Viessman Jaguar eTROPHY Team Germany 7
Tao Wang China Team China 8
Yaqi Zhang China Team China 9
Simon Evans New Zealand Team Asia New Zealand 99
Ahmed Bin Khanen Saudi Arabia Saudi Racing 24
Bandar Alesayi Saudi Arabia Saudi Racing 12

Alice Powell said: “I am super excited to have been given this opportunity by Jaguar to race in their VIP car in the all new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

“Electric is the way the world is going, so to have the chance to drive in this series, in the early stages of this new era, is fantastic.

“It’s been 3 years since my last race, so I cannot wait to get back out there and would like to thank Jaguar for this opportunity.”

Katherine Legge, RLL Racing said: “My main focus will obviously be trying to win the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, not as a female, but as one of many racecar drivers.

“That would be a perfect way to make history.

“I know there will be a lot of focus on Célia and I racing in a country that has only just allowed females to drive and I think we are doing a great thing to bring attention to women in racing – alongside the FIA’s Women in Motorsport commission.

“As I’ve said before, the car does not know the difference, so I will just focus on doing the job I am there to do.”

Bryan Sellers, RLL Racing said: “We have completed four days of testing at two tracks and in different conditions.”

“I feel like we have been able to learn a lot along the way and have been very productive in our testing.

“It has honestly been very difficult because there is a lot to learn.

“The driving style of the I-PACE is significantly different to anything I have driven in quite a long time.

“I do however feel that all the teams and all the drivers are finding the same conclusions.

“That is what is making this series something interesting and different.

“Our expectations are high.

“Katherine and I both want to deliver results for RLL but also achieve results because we were chosen to represent Team USA.”

Sérgio Jimenez, Jaguar Brazil Racing driver, said: “Our expectations are very high.

“We have had great practice sessions and have learned a lot.

“We met the team and started getting used to things like the sound and the tyres.

“It all just made our optimism grow and gave us confidence for some great results.”

Cacá Bueno, Jaguar Brazil Racing said: “The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is the first electric touring car championship and I’m really excited to be part of it.

“We will make history when we the lights go green for the first run in Ad Diriyah.

“Electric cars are the future. Not only in road cars, but also for motorsports.

“I’m convinced the event will be a huge success and the crowd will have an amazing show.”

Ahmed Bin Khanen, Saudi Racing said: “It’s really great to be part of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship, especially as the first race is in Saudi Arabia with my family and friends.

“I hope to get a good race result and most importantly, make the race exciting for fans to watch.”

Simon Evans, Team Asia New Zealand said: “It’s going to be a clean slate heading into the first race, as everyone is new to the cars and the circuit.

“I’m very proud to represent Team Asia New Zealand in this exciting championship.

“It’s going to be great to have my brother, Mitch, in my corner helping out where he can.

“The I-PACE eTROPHY is very different to his Formula E car but I’m sure he won’t be shy in telling his older brother what to do!”

Célia Martin, Viessman Jaguar eTROPHY Team Germany said: “As racing has always been a childhood dream of mine I`m now really keen on starting in my first season.

“After the tests and our preliminaries I feel well prepared for our first race in Riyadh. Lets`s get started!”

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December 7, 2018

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has achieved a five-star ANCAP safety rating, confirming it as one of the safest vehicles on the road.

Jaguar’s first electric performance SUV scored 94% for adult occupant protection, 81% for child occupant protection and 77% for safety assist.

I-PACE scored maximum points for both the side barrier impact and the more severe side pole test, with good protection of all critical body areas.

This latest result means all three members of Jaguar’s PACE SUV family, E-PACE, F-PACE and I-PACE, have the maximum five-star ANCAP rating, demonstrating Jaguar’s commitment to engineering some of the safest family cars.

“The I-PACE is one of only a few models to offer an external airbag, which is designed to provide increased protection to pedestrians.” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

Simon Black, Senior Project Leader, Body Engineering Jaguar Land Rover said: The Jaguar I-PACE has already received awards for its design, performance and handling.

This latest award from ANCAP confirms the I-PACE’s exceptional safety standards.

The SUV has been expertly engineered with a lightweight aluminium body structure and integrated battery pack to provide outstanding crash protection for occupants.

Safety is our biggest priority and it is fantastic to see the ANCAP results reflect this.”

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December 6, 2018

It is not any exaggeration to say that for me at least, yesterday the world shifted just a little on its very stable axis.  It was the day I first drove the highly acclaimed new all electrically powered Jaguar I-Pace.

Call it an SUV, or sports car or four door saloon – it is easily and capably all of those things.

It was the first all-electric car I had driven, and I was unsure what it would feel like behind the wheel.  Would it be sterile, something like a slot car with no feel?

Well, I promise it is the complete opposite.

Most of all, it is a real Jaguar where the hallowed Pace Space and Grace theme is totally adhered to.  It is extremely fast, very responsive and totally luxurious.

We will have a huge cover story on the newest and most revolutionary Jaguar ever, in our next edition.

Stand up and feel very proud that Jaguar is the first vehicle manufacturer in the world to put an all-electically driven vehicle onto the market – anywhere in the entire world.  And they have got it very right.

The revolution here here and now.

If you are reading this in Australia, this information is relevant to you.

Aided by regenerative braking, claimed WLPT driving range is 470km and the I-PACE can be charged to 80 per cent via a 7kW AC wallbox ($2280) in 10 hours (at the rate of 35km per hour, or three times faster than a domestic power outlet), or via a maximum 100kW DC fast-charger in 40 minutes (at the rate of 100km per 15 minutes).

Jaguar says that at an electricity price of 30 cents/kWh, the I-PACE will average $5.70 per 100km, equating to a $1500 annual saving over an equivalent conventional SUV.

Jaguar Australia has committed to installing more than 150 fast-chargers nationally, including at its 45 dealerships, at a cost of around $4 million.

All local I-PACE buyers will a three-year subscription to the Jaguar’s new charging network, which is being installed by JET Charge using its Chargefox system, and all vehicles feature an on-board 7kW single-phase charger and a multi-function 32A Mode 2 universal charging cable.

The I-PACE battery has an eight-year, 160,000km warranty and the vehicle itself by a five-year/200,000km warranty including roadside assist – two years and 100,000km more than any other Jaguar.

Over-the-air software updates are also part of the deal, as is the Jaguar InControl Remote app allowing pre-cooling, un/locking, timed charging, eco mode and EV navigation.

How much is the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE? in Australia?

S – $119,000

SE – $130,200

HSE – $140,800

First Edition – $159,700

* All prices exclude on-road costs

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December 5, 2018

I have just arrived back home and in the office after a massively long day driving the near full range of new all-electric I-Pace Jaguars.  I had never driven an electric powered car.

No journalists in this country (Australia) can report on those drives until tomorrow due to an embargo – but wait – it will be worth it and, of course, it is going to be all over edition #196.

I know what is going to be our cover – because it was specifically shot for us today during the lunch stop.  Nothing happened by chance!

Come back soon for our impressions

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December 3, 2018

There is still time for Santa to deliver your first two Jaguar Magazines to you before the big day, even at the North Pole, if you subscribe now.

Our next edition #195 is out at the end of this week  – so you could even have three copies to read through the Christmas New Year period.

Here is where to go to subscribe and we look forward to welcoming you or your loved one into our ‘family’.

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November 28, 2018

We have been a little delayed with edition #195 because a sensational story landed late about a mysterious XJ220 and an XJR-15 sharing one garage in Melbourne!

But we are out now, and on digital at Magzter immediately.

You will read about Bob Jane’s huge life – and you will learn things which have never been told before and shaped his future.  That includes his massively controversial race in the UK driving a Coombs Mk2.

We test drive the gorgeous looking XF Sportbrake for the first time.

We compare the XK150 with the XK8 if you happen to be considering a Jaguar sports classic.

Then then is the revelation that only seven ‘works built’ Mk1 racers were ever built – and does not include Mike Hawthorn’s racer, and the ex-David McKay ‘Grey Pussy’.  But we trace the seven cars, two of which came new to Australia and also the US.

… and that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Don’t forget to consider a subscription for a Christmas present also.

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November 28, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today announced that in 2021 the sale will be all-electric version of the sports car Jaguar F-Type new generation.

Now in the line Jaguar already has one electric car – the I-Pace. It is equipped with two motors with a total power of 197 horsepower and battery with a capacity of 90 kilowatts. Of course, for a sports car it’s not very impressive results, but we believe that at the time of its appearance on the market, gets more powerful electric motors and higher capacity battery. Otherwise, you will not be able to compete with other electric sports car.

Sorry, JLR, has not yet said whether the new Jaguar F-Type only with electric propulsion, or buyers continue to offer versions with gasoline engines. It seems that the bosses of this company, yet this issue has not made a final decision.

Jaguar Land Rover now, by the way, together with BMW, is developing a new generation of petrol engine V8. This project, called Project Jennifer. At the top the new version of the 4.4 l twin-turbo engine will have a capacity of 640 HP With this engine the F-Type would become more powerful than even the Porsche 911.Sports car Jaguar F-Type will be the electric car

In any case, regardless of the type of power plant F-Type new generation to build on the new aluminum platform. Due to this the car will be easier than it is now.

Indian group Tata, which owns Jaguar Land Rover, disagree with its sales of diesel and petrol models. So gradually the British will go for cars with electric propulsion.

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November 26, 2018

The Jaguar I-PACE is available to order now – and we drive it for the first time next week for our final edition of the year.

Nothing else on the road looks or drives like the Jaguar I-PACE. It is designed and engineered to take full advantage of its smart electric powertrain and maximise the potential this packaging brings. With two Jaguar-designed electric motors placed at each axle, producing a combined output of 400PS and 696Nm, I-PACE delivers all-wheel-drive sports car performance with 0-60mph taking just 4.5 seconds.

The I-PACE is able to achieve a 0-80 percent battery charge in 85-minutes using DC charging (50kW), while home charging with an approved Jaguar AC wall box (7kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over ten hours – ideal for the overnight charging used by the majority of buyers.

Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: “As Jaguar’s first ever electric vehicle, the I-PACE was a completely blank canvas. Our engineers were tasked with creating an electric vehicle without compromise; it would be quick, stylish, luxurious, exhilarating to drive, fast to charge, spacious and easy to use every day. The result has even surpassed our ambitions, and I’m pleased to see I-PACE pick up another award from one of the most respected media outlets in the world.”

I-PACE’s innovations and cutting-edge engineering have secured it 17 major awards wins since its introduction, including German Car of the Year, Scottish Car of the Year, Sunday Times Car of the Year, Auto Express New Car of the Year and Autocar’s Game Changer title.

The I-PACE calculates range using the most accurate system Jaguar has ever produced, taking into account route topography, climate conditions and driver inputs.
The I-PACE is Jaguar’s first vehicle to include the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, capable of over-the-air software updates, and uses artificial intelligence to adapt to a driver’s personal preferences, ensuring driving and infotainment settings are matched to each individual using the car.

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November 23, 2018

Not many of our readers will know it, but the once tiny village of Wellesbourne, just outside Stratford-On-Avon, with its WW2 former airbase and landing strip, was where Jaguar launched the all-new Mk1 to the world’s press, was the home village of Jaguar’s famous Director of Engineering, Bill Heynes (his home is with the XK120) and also the home village of the late-Roger and and his lovely wife Penny Woodley.  Roger was a former Jaguar Student Apprentice and they had one of the world’s finest Jaguar collections.  Penny still lives there.

Now, Wellesbourne is set to become Europe’s capital for the development of driverless electric cars with the construction of a pioneering multi-million pound research centre.

The ‘Smart City Mobility Centre’ planned at Warwick University’s Wellesbourne Campus will be a massive boost to the district and ensure South Warwickshire is at the cutting edge of a technology, long tipped to revolutionise the car industry.

The one-of-a-kind centre was announced by the University of Warwick and Jaguar Land Rover last week.

The centre at Wellesbourne will be concerned with developing the vehicle prototypes and the technology involved, with actual testing to take place at the University’s main campus.

As the centre develops, it is expected to play a significant role in transforming the future of UK transport with the aim of making congestion, emissions and road traffic accidents a thing of the past.

Engineers from Jaguar Land Rover and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (a department at the University of Warwick) will work together at the site, drawing on expertise in battery technology from the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, which will also be located in Coventry and Warwickshire.

WMG Chairman Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said: “This is the first time in any country that such a comprehensive system is being designed and tested. This will help integrate plans for transport systems for the future that have the potential to bring significant economic benefits to transform and improve the lives of a great many people who could benefit from even safer, less congested, and more environmentally sustainable transport.”

Professor Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, added: “Jaguar Land Rover welcomes the UK’s first Smart City Mobility centre in the West Midlands.

“The centre, based at the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne campus, will create state-of-the-art electric vehicle platforms and integrated driverless capability to support the smart cities of the future.


November 21, 2018

If there is one thing I hate it is rehashing all the stories we have all heard or seen before.

The facts and the facts which can’t be avoided, but we get inside the subjects of our features – and that includes the famous and infamous Bob Jane who died recently after a long and turbulent life.

However, Jaguar was the base of his business success, and we have gone deeper into his personal life than anyone else.

I promise we outline what formed his tough character, and expose the softer side most didn’t know.

We spent three and half days alone with Bob promoting our magazine while he signed and sold posters of his race cars.  We don’t care about scandal or rumours, and leave that to others.

Without boasting – I know this 10 page feature is definitive of the ‘meanest bastard in Brunswick’ which is what he was called.  Yet he took our future Road Test Editor under his wing (above), gave him fatherly advice and could not have been nicer.

We bring you Bob Jane the human being – not the mythical man.

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