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FACTORY-BUILT RACING ‘Mk1’S – REMARKABLE FINDINGS

September 19, 2018

I don’t believe it has ever been recorded before, despite all of the cars, confusion, fables – and plain bloody mistruths, sometimes for personal gain!

With the help of Richard Hassan, a Student Apprentice at Jaguar when the cars were built in the Experimental Department, and whose fabled father Walter was influential at Jaguar even when he left to create the Coventry Climax F1 engine, so that Richard grew up around experimental Jaguars and then worked with them, we identify the genuine full-scale works ‘Mk1’s built by Jaguar and tell where they are today.

There were surprisingly few you might be surprised to know, and more were exported new out of England than stayed in the UK.

… and yes, there is a very strong link with the famous ‘Mk1’ period racers which won the first and second Australian Touring Car Championships in 1960 and 1961.

Indeed, the ‘Mk1’ Jaguar set Australian racing on the track to craving saloon cars over then ‘thoroughbred’ Formula and Sports cars!

It is told in our coming edition.  For the first time anywhere we tell the full story of which racing Mk1s were ‘works’ built, those which got some special parts and which were fully built by teams …

IT IS ALL NEWLY RECORDED HISTORY – and is fascinatingly important.

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JAGUAR LAUNCHING I-PACE ACROSS THE US

September 19, 2018

Jaguar North America today announced the national marketing launch plans for the brand’s first-ever, all-electric performance SUV, the I-PACE, led by the Jaguar Electrifies Experience,  a multi-city national tour that will kick off in San Francisco and travel to key U.S. EV markets: Los Angeles, South Florida and the New York City metro areas.

The Jaguar Electrifies Experience is designed to engage, entertain, and educate consumers on the full Jaguar vehicle lineup as well as the benefits of owning an electric vehicle. In addition to the Experience, retailers will host launch events throughout the fall to introduce the Jaguar I-PACE to consumers across the country.

“The Jaguar Electrifies Experience offers consumers the opportunity to be among the first to get behind the wheel of the new all-electric I-PACE before it goes on sale later this year,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “Kicking off the Experience in San Francisco, a city driven by innovation, lays the perfect foundation for educating consumers about electric vehicle technology within an entertaining and dynamic environment.”

Reinforcing the company’s commitment to electrification, Jaguar Land Rover has previously announced that from 2020, all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be offered with an electrified powertrain option, giving customers even more choice. The company will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across its model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer ultra-clean gasoline and diesel engines. The Jaguar I-PACE is the brand’s first fully electric vehicle, equipped with a 90kWh battery that delivers a manufacturer’s estimated range of up to 240 miles2.

Guests at the Jaguar Electrifies Experience will have the opportunity to explore the full lineup of 2019 model year Jaguar vehicles, then take a deep dive into “The World of I-PACE” to learn about the brand’s first all-electric performance SUV through a series of interactive touchpoints. Participants will then have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of several of the latest Jaguar vehicles, including the I-PACE.

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XE PROJECT 8 SETS LAP RECORD AT LAGUNA SECA

September 14, 2018

Jaguar’s supercar-rivalling XE SV Project 8 has confirmed its status as the world’s fastest four-door car by setting a new track record.

The 600PS, 200mph four-door road-legal sedan lapped the 2.238-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 1min 37.54sec – almost a second faster than the previous production sedan record – with racing driver Randy Pobst at the wheel.

The most extreme Jaguar yet produced, XE SV Project 8 is a sedan with genuine supercar performance. Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations engineers fine-tuned the car on some of the world’s most thrilling test tracks, including Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife. Late last year XE SV Project 8 lapped the 12.9-mile circuit in a record 7min 21.23sec.

Michael van der Sande, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, said: “This Laguna Seca lap record is another powerful demonstration of the Jaguar XE SV Project 8’s performance credentials.

“Designed, engineered and hand-assembled by Special Vehicle Operations, this record-breaking sedan is made for the world’s most demanding driving enthusiasts.”

Project 8 is the ultimate expression of Jaguar’s XE sports sedan. While based on XE’s lightweight aluminium-intensive monocoque, each of the 300 hand-built Project 8 cars are modified at the SV Technical Centre in Coventry to accommodate the specially tuned, supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine and a bespoke rear differential.

Unlike most high-performance production sedans, the all-wheel-drive XE SV Project 8 is studded with genuine motor racing technology such as F1-style ceramic wheel bearings, adjustable ride height and adjustable camber.

The front and rear fenders are bespoke to accommodate larger, wider, wheels which are necessitated by the larger brakes. The V8’s power is routed through all four Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres through an eight-speed Quickshift automatic ZF transmission, helping to propel the car from 0-60 mph in 3.3sec and an electronically limited top speed of 200mph.

In order to achieve this performance, the car receives significant aerodynamic and suspension upgrades, including a ‘Track’ mode for maximum downforce and further improvements to the damping, throttle and steering response.

Project 8 is available in two specifications. The standard four-seat model features Jaguar’s latest front Performance seats with magnesium frames, plus a more heavily contoured rear squab to maximise support. The optional two-seat Track Pack includes lightweight front carbon fibre racing seats with four-point harnesses fixed to a harness retention hoop in place of the rear seat

BIG DAY OUT WITH THE XF SPORTBRAKE

September 9, 2018

Today was thrilling indeed with us conducting a photoshoot with the feature car for our coming edition – the much anticipated 3.0 litre diesel turbocharged XK Sportbrake.

It is radical, and the first ‘station wagon’ Jaguar in many markets.  We have formed strong impressions of the model, and can’t wait to present them to you.

It has many attributes, and at a time when SUVs dominate, and most buyers are not used to a wagon Jaguar – we will outline very clearly how it stacks up.

Regardless of your thoughts, or mine, Jaguar has a fantastic range of cars to present to the public now.

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NEW EDITION NOW ON SALE IN DIGITAL AT MAGZTER

September 6, 2018

Our newest edition is now available to you in digital form at Magzter.  www.magzter.com

 

Major features include:

Bruce McLaren’s close association with Jaguar

The great unsung American at Jaguar Cars – Bob Blake

Your choice – XF or F-Pace?  We test both for a comparison

XK150 restoration – onto the engine rebuild

XK70 – celebrating the XK series which now goes back 70 years

XJ at 50 – and that the same time Jaguar commemorates 50 XJ years of production

Tracing the life of the ex-Ecurie Ecosse Monzanapolis Lister Jaguar

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FOR SALE: BOND MOVIE C-X75 ….

September 6, 2018

The C-X75 was the right idea for the wrong time. Had Jaguar come up with it a little later, it might have gone into production. Instead, the concept came out in the midst of the global financial crisis, so this fascinating take on the supercar question – originally powered by electric motors and gas turbines – never happened. Production was mooted for a while before the plug was finally pulled late in 2012.

A handful of prototypes were made, with the turbines replaced by a twin-charged 1.6-litre engine. The total power output was knocking on the door of 900bhp, although the C-X75 that interests us the most is considerably less powerful. We’re talking about the stunt cars built for James Bond film Spectre, one of which has just come up for sale.

The shouty film props were mechanically unrelated to the prototypes, although they were made by the same company – Williams Advanced Engineering. It was built around a tubular spaceframe chassis with composite panels attached, and the suspension came from a 911 GT3 rally car. The reason? Because for filming it needed lots of suspension travel for clattering around Vatican city.

A 542bhp, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 was stuffed in the middle, with the torque limited depending on the gear you were in to avoid the car being snappy on the limit Evo reported after driving one a few years ago. Oh, and it also stopped the car eating driveshafts.

Regardless, that doesn’t mean this example – one of four built for the film – is going to be cheap. It’s up for sale at a dealer Kaaimans International with the price listed as ‘POA’. Anyone want to take a guess at the figure?

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PRINCE CHARLES GETS THE FIRST ROYAL FAMILY ELECTRIC CAR – I-PACE

September 5, 2018

From Star News UK

The Prince of Wales has splashed out on a 124mph £60,000 motor that will become a first in the Royal Family.

He is ditching his current Jaguar – which runs on conventional fuel – for a customised, all-electric Jaguar I-Pace.

A charging point has been installed at his and Camilla Parker Bowles’s Clarence House, the couple’s official London home.

The vehicle, which is the Royal Family’s first all-electric car, will ferry Charles around the capital for official duties.

The environmentalist could also travel to his Highgrove residence in Gloucestershire on a single charge.

Charles is said to be leasing the £60,000 motor with his own money, according to The Times, and has had it custom made.

It is reported he ordered his new drive, which can accelerate from 0-60mph in under five seconds, in Loire Blue – a colour not available on the I-Pace.

Jaguar Land Rover, which makes the car in Austria, say the I-Pace’s new batteries pack 90kWh which offer a range of 292 miles.

But although the car can take a rapid 60 miles’ charge in 15 minutes, the Prince would have to stop at a motorway service station if he wanted to visit Dumfries in Scotland.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LEGEND – SIR WILLIAM AT 117

September 4, 2018

What can you say about an immortal of the international motor industry?

Sir William Lyons was born in Blackpool on September 4, 1901 – so today is his birthday.  He would have been 117.

He co-founded his sidecar building company 96 years ago today, and in 1928 moved his business to Coventry where he split from his partner.

Consider he:

Founded S.S. and Jaguar Cars

Controlled both in every facet until he retired on this day in 1972

Designed:

All Swallow and S.S. cars

The post-War Jaguar ‘MkIV’

MkV

XK120

XK140

XK150

‘Mk1’

Mk2

S-Type

MkX

420

XJ

Daimler DS420 limousine

Remarkable indeed and that is not even considering the Jaguar myth and legend which is intangible.

Happy birthday Sir William, wherever you are.

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XF SPORTBRRAKE – AND EXCITEMENT MACHINE

September 3, 2018

We have been excited to see and drive one – and for the few hours it has been our garage it has fulfilled those expectations and gone beyond.

It looks fabulous and has attitude.  It is very sporty, sits low like a sporting Jaguar of its type needs to – and has loads of room in the rear.

Our test car is black on black – and it going to be a week or so ahead.  We will feature the Sportbrake in edition #194 and already know we are going to hate giving  this one back …

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JAGUAR TO BUILD MID-ENGINED SUPERCAR J-TYPE?

September 1, 2018

Despite leaving the Jaguar C-X75 mid-engine concept at the bottom of a river in a subpar James Bond movie, Jaguar still reportedly has plans to put a mid-engine supercar into production. It could replace the current F-Type and reportedly be called the J-Type.

According to Auto Express, with unclear sourcing, Jaguar wants to replace the F-Type with a hybrid mid-engine supercar utilising some of the battery and motor technology it developed for the all-electric I-Pace. The hybrid Acura NSXis reportedly the benchmark for the new car, with dreams of it also taking on the McLaren 570S and Audi R8. From Auto Express:

The successor to the Jaguar F-Type will embrace hybrid technology and go mid-engined when it launches around 2022, Auto Express can exclusively reveal. And further down the line, Jag could launch a fully-electric version to rival the forthcoming Porsche Taycan.

The mechanical make-up of the car is yet to be finalised, but it’s expected that at least two electric motors, one on each axle to give four-wheel drive, will supplement a mid-mounted V6 engine. If it is to be competitive, a power figure upwards of 550bhp is likely, placing it among competitors such as the McLaren 570S and Audi R8.By “replace,” one has to assume this hybrid supercar will be a lot more expensive than the F-Type, which starts around $60,000.

The report also indicates the platform will be developed with the capability to go fully-electric as well. Since the new car would be completely different from the current F-Type, Auto Express suggests they could label it the J-Type, based on recent trademark applications.

Since the Jaguar C-X75 was only ever a concept car and prototype that came very close to production, and the then a movie villain car, this new J-Type or whatever they call it would only be Jag’s second mid-engine production car, following the sleek XJ220.

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