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TWO JAGUAR MAGAZINES FOR $1.95

April 5, 2020
The current edition costs $1.95 with edition #199 included

We know how grim things are, and we can’t go out to shop for anything except the essentials.

Even we admit Jaguar Magazine is not an ‘essential’, so we have been working hard (thanks Mike Shaw) to make it possible to put it into our jaguarmagazine.com shop to download directly in digital.

We have made it US$1.95 for the current edition, and like those horrible tele ads say ‘wait, you want more’? Edition #199 is included.

We have never offered Jaguar Magazine digital directly from our website before, but times have changed very quickly.

Stay safe and I hope you enjoy reading them.

Les.

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JAGUAR’S PROTOTYPE BUILD NOW MAKING VISORS FOR COVID-19

April 3, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover will be turning over its prototype build operations to start production of protective visors for key-workers, utilising its CAD design expertise to answer the government call for more vital equipment to fight coronavirus.

The only reusable, NHS-approved visor of its kind, the design has been developed in consultation with a team of NHS healthcare professionals for efficient rapid prototype printing at the Advanced Product Creation Centre in Gaydon, home to one of the most advanced 3D printing facilities in Europe.

It comes as a national shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for NHS staff on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19 has resulted in many key workers suffering injury from wearing uncomfortable equipment for long hours or going without vital protective wear.

Through collaboration with companies such as Pro2Pro in Telford, the ambition is to produce 5,000 visors a week for NHS trusts across the country.

Pre-line trials have already taken place with a team of healthcare professionals at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust before assembly began at Jaguar Land Rover in Warwickshire on 31 March.

Using rapid prototyping technology, has enabled the engineers to work through several iterations of the design in under a week, allowing for medical staff to feed back and improvements to be made.

Engineers in the Additive Manufacturing Centre, who have designed and manufactured the visors, are now in discussions with suppliers and partners to scale up production. They hope to create a tool that will enable mass production.

It is Jaguar Land Rover’s intention to make the open source CAD design files available to Additive Manufacturers and suppliers, so many more protective visors can be printed over the coming weeks.

Each face visor has been designed to be reusable, and can be easily dismantled and cleaned before being used again; safeguarding NHS trusts against future shortages as the situation develops.

Ben Wilson, Jaguar Land Rover Additive Manufacturing and Prototype Design Manager, said: “It’s been a real team effort, we’ve trialled different materials and improved the design over several iterations in consultation with real doctors and nurses on the frontline – this has allowed us to create something unique and truly fit-for-purpose.

“While this is a small effort, it is vital we help as many people as we can by utilising our resources. Collaborative teams working at Jaguar Land Rover, along with the wider computer-aided design and 3D printing community will continue to do what we can to help healthcare workers.”

The clear shield is manufactured using chemically-resistant polycarbonate, which is trimmed down by RGH Rubber Limited using a multi-cutter machine. Created using state-of-the-art laser sintering, jet fusion and FDM processes, the team went to particular lengths to ensure the cap top can be worn comfortably and safely for many hours by dedicated healthcare workers.

A secure elastic strap – provided by Beacon Trimmings of Coventry – holds the visor in place, and can be quickly and easily replaced to avoid contamination.

Dr Steve Iley, Chief Medical Officer for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The health and safety of our employees, customers and their families remains our priority. It’s important we all utilise our skills, expertise and facilities to help protect NHS staff on the frontline during our country’s greatest crisis in a generation.  We can all play a part in helping those who need it most.”

The visors are assembled by a skeleton team of four Jaguar Land Rover employees in a specially designed clean area. Strict processes are in place to ensure there is no risk of contamination before the finished visors leave site.    

Jaguar Land Rover continues to work closely with the UK government and has offered its research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science support. As part of ongoing consortia, Jaguar Land Rover will also support those providing vital equipment for ventilator development.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER SEND OUT NEW VEHICLES TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

April 1, 2020

Jaguar and Land Rover have deployed more than 160 vehicles globally to support emergency response organisations during the coronavirus crisis.

A total of 57 vehicles including 27 New Defenders have been issued to the British Red Cross to deliver medicine and food vulnerable people across the UK who now need additional support due to social distancing rules.

Jaguar and Land Rover teams in Spain, France, South Africa and Australia have loaned vehicles to their Red Cross societies and more markets are offering help to their local teams.

This service is being provided with fleets of vehicles now available due to the postponement of launch events.

Jaguar Land Rover is working closely with the UK government and has offered its research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science support.

Protective equipment is being donated to the NHS including wraparound safety glasses to the Royal Bolton Hospital, St James’s Hospital in Leeds and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Finbar McFall, Jaguar Land Rover Customer Experience Director, said: “The health and safety of our employees, customers and their families remains our priority.  Jaguar and Land Rover will do everything we can to support people in need around the world. Our partnership with the Red Cross goes back 65 years and we will work hand in hand with them to do all we can during this global health emergency. We will also provide help to those closer to home in our local communities. We can all play a part in helping the vulnerable during this global pandemic.”

Simon Lewis, Head of Crisis Response, British Red Cross said: “This unprecedented global health emergency requires us all to pull together. As part of the British Red Cross response to coronavirus, we’re delving deep into the heart of communities across the UK to help strengthen support for the most vulnerable people through delivering essential food parcels and medicines to those unable to get out. 

We have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown across the country, not only by our increasing number of volunteers, but also our longstanding partners. Thanks to Land Rover’s generous support, our Emergency Response teams in the UK will be to reach even more people living in isolated communities than we could alone.”

Land Rover and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have worked together for over 65 years, helping communities prepare and respond to emergencies with disaster-preparedness projects around the world – vital at times like this.

Through its partnership with the British Red Cross, Land Rover has also helped fund emergency relief efforts through the Disaster Relief Alliance, which supports community resilience programmes in the UK and around the world, providing financial assistance immediately when disaster hits – including coronavirus. British Red Cross has already given £200,000 to support Asian countries severely affected by the pandemic.

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SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. JAGUAR’S OLDEST DEALER – IN NEW ZEALAND …

March 26, 2020

Mark and David Shorter live in Auckland and adore Jaguars. They should because their surname heralds the name of Jaguar’s longest established current dealership in the world – Archibald and Shorter.

Mrs Shorter in XK120 RHD chassis #9.

Their grandfather emigrated from England when he was 10 years old, and became a dynamo in New Zealand. He was a taxi driver, built a fleet of Essex taxis, then chauffeur-driven cars, rental cars and became the official dealer for Auburn and Cord.

He sold hundreds of cars a year, and in 1938 William Lyons made him the distributor for New Zealand’s S.S. and later Jaguar cars.

Archibald and Shorter bought one of the new XK-SSs!

His son took over the business and continued to build it, then his five sons later managed it.

That is just the start of the tale though – and it is history-making as well as fascinating. It is not to be missed, and both Mark and David have worked with us to put this feature together.

You will be able to read it in both digital and hardcopy.

Stay safe and calm in this time of trauma.

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JAGUAR NATIONAL RALLY OFF IN PERTH

March 21, 2020

Not surprisingly, this year’s Jaguar National Rally, the premier enthusiast’s event in Australia, has been cancelled because of the threat of Corona Virus.

This a major letdown for organisers, sponsors and those in or travelling to Perth – including Bronwen and I.

We don’t know if it will held over to 2021, but feel very sorry for those who have or were driving across the vast Nullabor Desert, towing cars, or had sent them over by train.

We feel their pain.

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WE ARE BACK – CORONA VIRUS FREE!

March 17, 2020
Le Mans 1954 and Jaguar’s backroom boys take a quick break. My how times have changed.

It is certainly no laughing matter, but I am sure we all need something else beside news on Corona Virus. We are happy to supply some of that.

We have been putting news on Facebook, but have had problems with our website for some time. That has now been fixed and it is fit and healthy.

Stay tuned and it will come rushing in daily.

One of the unique stories I am working on now covers those always unsung heroes in the 1950s and early ’60s who engineered the factory C and D-Types plus other cars for private teams the factory supported including Cunningham, Lister and Ecurie Belge.

They prepared the cars at the factory, then crewed them at Le Mans, Reims, Goodwood and other iconic races.

Their names include Ted Brookes, Joe Sutton, John Lea, Les Botterill and Frank Rainbow – all quiet and highly skilled men who knew their station in life, but were those hallowed few at Jaguar Cars who were allowed to wear Jaguar’s white overalls!

Now Richard Hassan and Terry Rainbow (son of Frank and also an ex-Jaguar man) are working us to tell the story of the unsung few we have seen in period images, but didn’t know. They are the ones who created Jaguar’s hallowed 1950s racing history on the ground.

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CHAUFFEUR DRIVEN I-PACES IN LONDON

March 3, 2020

A new all-electric premium chauffeur service called Havn has been launched in London with a fleet of all-electric Jaguar I-PACE performance SUVs.

Each ride can be tailored to the preferences of the passenger with options such as playlist, temperature, and chauffeur interaction all customisable ahead of your journey via the iOS and Android app or an online booking portal.

All Havn drivers are carefully selected, full-time employees of the company who will undertake a rigorous training programme, arming them with the skills to deliver Havn’s customer-focused experience. This is reflected in the official app’s approval rating of 4.8/5, which to date has been downloaded over 5,500 times.

Havn offers customers, an all-electric and totally personalised type of urban transport with no compromise on comfort and style that is unique to London. The company has clocked up over 18,000 miles in trials since September 2019.

Havn is backed by InMotion, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital and mobility services arm, which is committed to investing in innovative new technologies for an autonomous, electrified, connected and shared mobility future. All this is helping to deliver Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero vision, a future underlined by zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.

Since the trial phase in September, the fleet of Jaguar I-PACEs has grown thanks to demand from individuals and customers of premium businesses and corporate travel. Luxury hotels in London using the service allow guests to request a vehicle from the concierge and be picked up at the door. 

The push for businesses to search out more eco-friendly alternatives is reflected in a recent report* which found that 66 per cent of UK companies plan to improve internal environmental -related practices to make them more sustainable by 2021.

Joseph Seal-Driver, Managing Director of Havn, said: “The decision to use the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, the 2019 World Car of the Year, allows us to offer our customers a sustainable premium alternative – urban mobility with zero emissions.

“In just four months we have proved there is a significant appetite from customers who want sustainable transport without compromising on luxury, we’re seeing a fantastic response from businesses who want to improve their corporate travel.”

For further information, please visit https://www.ridehavn.com/ 

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JAGUAR, CANON AND F-PACE TEAM UP

February 27, 2020

Jaguar has teamed up with Canon Europe to capture the F-PACE in cinematic 5.9K clarity using the latest camera technology. Dynamic footage of Jaguar’s performance SUV was captured during the professional debut of the new Canon EOS C500 Mark II camera.

The film captures the F-PACE range – including the 405kW, V8 supercharged SVR model – and its breadth of luxury and performance. The F-PACE SVR showcased its dynamic ability, courtesy of its specially tuned chassis, on the twisting hairpin bends of Velefique, southern Spain. The powerful SVR accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds.

Jaguar worked with Canon to build the ultimate camera vehicle for the shoot. The crew rigged an F-PACE with a highly-advanced Russian Arm – a remote-controlled camera crane – fitted with Canon’s new EOS camera. The vehicle was covered in a purposeful matte black body wrap to minimise reflections in the subject vehicles during filming.

Andy Hunt Cooke, Jaguar Global Brand Communications, said: “Filming a technologically advanced and powerful SUV like F-PACE calls for a state-of-the-art camera system. It’s a privilege for Jaguar to be the first car manufacturer to put the new-generation Cinema EOS System to the test and this film really captures the dynamic character and luxurious interior of the award-winning F-PACE performance SUV.”

Just as the professional-quality camera can be fine-tuned to suit a variety of complex filming tasks, customers can also personalise the driving experience of F-PACE using Jaguar’s Configurable Dynamics. The intuitive technology allows drivers to tailor the vehicle set-up to suit their personal preference by choosing Normal or Sports settings for the suspension, throttle response, gearbox and steering.

F-PACE features double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension to provide dynamic handling and comfort; attributes which helped the camera rig maintain its composure on the twisting mountain roads.

The Advanced Electronic Image Stabilisation of the Canon EOS C500 Mark II and Dual Pixel Auto Focus functionality ensured both SUVs remained perfectly in focus throughout, with the camera suspended from the highly manoeuvrable arm of the crane system.

The new camera shoots 5.9K quality footage at up to 60 frames per second. When travelling at its 283km/h top speed, the F-PACE SVR covers 78.7 metres every second, which means the performance SUV would travel just 1.31m in the time taken for the advanced new camera to capture a single frame.

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IAN CALLUM TO BE HONOURED AT LONDON CONCOURS

February 26, 2020

The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, has announced the second of its special feature displays – The Collector –  which each year shines a light on one individual’s personal car collection. This year, London Concours’ Collector is none other than famed automotive designer, Ian Callum CBE.

Ian has been at the forefront of automotive design for decades, penning designs for the likes of Ford, TWR Design, Jaguar Land Rover and is a founding member of new design and engineering business – CALLUM. Having designed veritable icons like the Aston Martin Vanquish and most Jaguar products from the early 2000s until 2019, Ian’s own car collection is a fascinating insight into his own personal milestone moments in car design and engineering. Ian will showcase his very own Jaguar XJC, Porsche 911 (993), 1932 Ford Model B and more; each subtly modified by the man himself to emphasise their design.

However, most cars in Ian’s collection aren’t as they rolled off the factory floor; nearly all have been subtly modified by the man himself to emphasise the beauty of their individual designs.

A 1976 Jaguar XJ Coupé, a car Callum considers to be one of the most beautiful cars ever designed by Jaguar and his favourite alongside the Jaguar Mk2, is one of the last cars designed by Jaguar founder, Sir William Lyons. The pillarless doors are subtly modified to emphasise the Coupé’s iconic profile. 

Keeping it British for now, the Triumph TR6 is a car that Ian Callum believes to be one of the best-looking traditional sports cars, boasting ‘inherent visual strength’.  

A Porsche of some form or another had to form part of the collection; a design that hasn’t changed drastically in 50 years but has evolved gradually. His Porsche 911(993) was designed by his friend and fellow Brit, Tony Hatter, and has been subtly tweaked by Ian to emphasise its lines.

Legendary Italian designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro, is a great hero of Ian’s, and one of his most famous designs had to form part of the collection. A sprightly Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV plays the role perfectly, highlighted by Ian for its slim pillars and excellent visibility form the cabin.

On a different tack, a Ford Hot Rod completes the display, with a big block engine and simple design ringing true for Ian. His chopped 1932 Ford Model B will be sitting loud and proud on the lawn among the rest of the European models.

At the London Concours 2020, taking place from 10-11 June, a group of the world’s fastest road and track cars will amass on the lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company HQ – just a stone’s throw from Bank and Moorgate in the City of London – transformed into motoring nirvana for just two days. Over 100 automotive icons will gather in classes, ranging from ‘The Dinos’ to the ‘The Pursuit of Speed’.

Andrew Evans, London Concours Director said: “Having Ian Callum as The Collector at London Concours this year is a real honour for us. Our event is a celebration of automotive passion, and the unique ways in which we all appreciate cars. In Ian’s case, we can see cars designed by heroes and friends, as well as those designs that clearly hold a place in his heart – albeit with some of his own subtle revisions. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming Ian’s cars onto the hallowed lawns of London’s HAC, where they can deliver an insight for our audience into one of the finest car designers Britain has produced.”

The London Concours 2020 takes place from 10-11 June. 

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‘HODDO’ MK2 IS NEARLY BACK AFTER 50 YEARS

February 25, 2020
Chris and David Bowden, Kevin Bartlett – and THE CAR.

It is a thrill to publish these images of the Ron Hodgson racing Mk2 which finished 3rd in the 1961 Australian Touring Car Championship (behind two other Jaguars), because after more than 50 years in hiding the same car is about to reappear.

It is 95% ready to go and one of the key men advising and working on the car is legendary driver Kevin ‘KB’ Bartlett – who showed us over the Mk2 in detail.  He worked on it when it was new so knows everything about it.

The Hoddo Mk2, his replica and his ‘Grey Pussy’ – with David Bowden and ‘KB’.

We are going to follow this up once the car complete, and knowing the it from when it was a bare shell owned by the late-Paul Cotter, right through the rebuild and to this – is going to make a unique feature.

Hoddo in the Mk2 leads Bill Pitt in the works-built 1959 racer at the 1961 Australian Touring Car Championship race at Lowood. Hoddo was third and Bill first.

To make it even more intriguing, the Bowdens also own the Mk2 clone which Hoddo built right before he died, and the incredibly historic ‘Grey Pussy’ works-built McKay/Hoddo/Geoghegan ‘Mk1’ which started Australia’s love affair with touring cars!!!

Well done to the Bowdens and all who have worked to revive this precious historic Jaguar.

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