November 8, 2019

 Jaguar Classic is reintroducing the original Jaguar E-type toolkit, making it available for the first time in nearly 50 years.

The owner’s toolkit was originally offered with Series 1 and Series 2 E-types and hasn’t been available since the final Series 2 was produced in 1971. Complete original toolkits are highly collectible rarities, fetching as much as £5,000.

Now, thanks to their unique access to engineering records, Jaguar Classic’s Genuine Parts experts have reproduced the toolkit to authentic specifications. The Jaguar branded tools come in a period-correct leatherette-covered canvas roll, and feature all items needed to carry out routine maintenance on the iconic sports car. The reproduction toolkit is priced from £732 in the UK.

Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic, said: “The original E-type toolkit has become a collector’s item thanks to its rarity and historic appeal. We’ve had customers across the world contact us about obtaining one, which is why we decided to manufacture the toolkits again to their original specification. It’s the perfect finishing touch for E-type aficionados.”

The tools included in the Jaguar Classic E-type Toolkit are:

  • Adjustable spanner
  • Tyre valve key
  • Pliers
  • Tyre pressure gauge
  • Points screwdriver
  • Feeler gauge
  • Three-piece screwdriver
  • Spanner ¾ x 7/8 AF
  • Spanner 9/16 x 5/8 AF
  • Spanner ½ x 7/16 AF
  • Spanner 11/32 x 3/8 AF
  • Box Spanner 7/16 x ½
  • Box Spanner 9/16 x 5/8
  • Box Spanner ¾ x 7/8
  • Sparking plug spanner
  • Tommy bars (one short, one long)
  • Valve timing gauge
  • Grease gun
  • Handbrake adjusting wrench
  • Brake bleed tin and tube

The E-type toolkit can be purchased directly from the recently-launched Jaguar Land Rover Classic online parts shop:, which gives access to more than 50,000 Jaguar Land Rover Classic Genuine Parts and accessories including E-type body panels and the Jaguar Classic Infotainment System.

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November 5, 2019

 Jaguar Land Rover’s pioneering structural electronics research could allow dashboards to be replaced by curved screens and let drivers customise interiors thanks to colour-changing body panels.

In a world-first, Jaguar Land Rover is developing the Lightweight Electronics in Simplified Architecture (LESA) research technology – used in flexible wearables and curved OLED TVs – for car interiors. It has the potential to radically change cabins of the future and would offer customers greater ability to customise their cars to suit their needs.

With LESA technology, Jaguar Land Rover will be able to manufacture body panel displays to show information only when needed to help designers achieve streamlined and buttonless designs for future cars. Such designs may include, customisable interior ambient lighting systems, body controls, wraparound button-less dashboards and advanced fabric/leather heated steering wheels.

The innovative printed electronics system will also reduce the weight of in-car electronics by up to 60% as wiring, sensors and computing is contained within all non-metal materials, removing the need for extra packaging space for control units.

Features using the award-winning LESA technology would be created using a faster, simpler and more automated process, be more flexible in usage and offer technological advancements – such as making digital displays appear on surfaces like wood without the need for a screen. It also makes adding solar panels to the vehicle possible without adding extra system weight to car. The renewable power generated from the sun could then be used to recharge the battery.

The system uses computer animated drawings (CAD) to virtually “unfold” a part into its 2D structure. The required electronic circuit, ordinarily wired into a traditional ECU, is then printed onto the flat surface, and components are mounted, before the CAD is folded back into its original 3D. The part is then manufactured with the electronics printed into the structure.

Jaguar Land Rover has successfully trialled LESA technology on an overhead control panel prototype, achieving a weight reduction of 60% and minimising the part size from 50mm to 3.5mm. The research was awarded an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Award with judges praising it as “the future of electronics in the car”.

The lightweighting benefits are a step towards Jaguar Land Rover’s vision for Destination Zero; an ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner delivered through relentless innovation. By removing weight from the vehicle, future Jaguar and Land Rover models will benefit from increased electric range or improved fuel efficiency, helping to further the company’s goal of a zero emissions future.

Ashutosh Tomar, Jaguar Land Rover Electrical Research Technical Manager, said: “Healthcare, aerospace, consumer technology and military industries are already harnessing the benefits of structural electronics and our research is leading the way in the automotive sector by bringing it into the cabin for the first time.

“We believe LESA represents the future of vehicle electronics and will enable us to design and manufacture innovative, flexible and customisable cabins for our customers while also reducing weight and cost during production helping us reach Destination Zero.”

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October 31, 2019

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The most successful TWR XJ-S, and no mileage XJR-S – from Scotland and Japan, but now in one family in Australia! Pic: Alex Jovanovic, Freestyle Photography. 

If you wondered the significance of our cover shot for the commemorative 200th edition of Jaguar Magazine, you will be stunned to know the reality. It was taken at Sandown track just days ago in a special shoot arranged by Jordan Roddy and captured by Alex Jovanovic of Freestyle Photography.

This racing TWR XJ-S is the most significant and original untouched (following its last team race which was in New Zealand in 1987) of the seven built.  It is the Spa 24 Hours and Bathurst winner, and was repatriated from a Scottish collection by Mike Roddy over 15 years ago.  Mike still owns, maintains and enjoys it on special occasions.

Brilliant from all angles. Pic: Alex Jovanovic, Freestyle Photography 

The other XJ-S is in fact a very late and rare XJR-S – repatriated by Mike’s son Jordan also from a private collection, this one in Japan.

This unique six litre V12 limited edition machine has as good as no miles recorded, and is exactly as it was built without a touch of restoration – even down to the new car smell.

The full story is revealed in our cover feature.

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October 28, 2019


And it is going to be a big one …

These are some of the main features coming to you.

200 Edition Highlights.  Many of our biggest moments in 35 years – and even more.  10 pages.
The Best XJR-S in the world – now in Melbourne and fresh from a Japanese collection.  1996 build and 200 kilometres from new!  6 pages.
XE Jaguar driven.  The brand new updated 2020 model.  8 pages.
The first two Australians to race at Le Mans – Bernard Rubin won in a Bentley and Nick Haines drove the first Jaguar to finish the race!  We explain their stories.  6 pages.
S.S. Jaguar 100 – classics in the country examined and identified (over 20) – with race and unseen ancient images not seen before.  6 pages.
Exclusive.  Sir William Lyons’ historic and grand UK home Wappenbury Hall visited by us.  It now owned by Melbourne Jaguar devotee Scott Shearman and is being prepared to be shared with the public.  4 pages.
Stirling Moss’ factory-owned and two-tone coloured XK120 Fixed Head Coupe.  4 pages.
Goodwood Revival 2019 – Graeme Lord shows us the other side of the Revival in spectacular images.  4 pages.
… plus all of the usual features.


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October 25, 2019

Jaguar has today unveiled its first all-electric virtual sports car – the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé. The futuristic EV is set to join the grid as the latest addition to the Vision Gran Turismo line-up for the Gran Turismo series.

The all-electric Jaguar Vision GT Coupé has been designed and developed from the ground up taking inspiration from the brand’s incredible racing lineage. The iconic C-type and D-type influence its fearless futuristic design, while Jaguar’s I-TYPE 4 Formula E and I-PACE eTROPHY racing cars provide the technical foundations for its uncompromising racing performance.

Jaguar’s team of designers were given complete creative freedom to develop the perfect proportions and beautiful surfaces of this virtual Jaguar of the future.

Julian Thomson, Jaguar Design Director, said: “This project has been completely led by our young designers and represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to create a vehicle steeped in our incredible heritage but pushing the boundaries of future design. The team have done an incredible job in creating something which is clearly identifiable as a Jaguar, inspired – but not constrained – by our iconic past.”

Providing gamers with 1,020PS (750kW) of power, 1,200Nm of torque, a 0-100km/h time of less than two seconds and perfectly balanced handling, the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé will be on the starting grid for GT Sport fans from the end of November.

Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo creator, President of Polyphony Digital Inc., said: “We are delighted to today announce the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo project. It was a great experience for us to work with Julian Thomson who is the new design director now at Jaguar. The design and performance of this car is a result of the team’s skill, craftmanship, and long years of collaborations together. We look forward to having drivers get behind the wheel next month.”

Exterior Design
The influence of Jaguar’s rich racing pedigree is clear to see in the Vision GT Coupé’s assertive exterior lines and powerful, sculpted fenders which reflect those of the iconic Le Mans-winning C-type and D-type racing cars.

Where these heritage Jaguars pushed the boundaries of aerodynamics and braking technology, the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé features a deployable, active aero wing to optimise energy efficiency while generating the perfect amount of downforce.

Oliver Cattell-Ford, Exterior Designer, Jaguar Advanced Design, said: “This was the dream project for a car designer, creating a futuristic sports car for Gran Turismo means our designs and ideas could be truly limitless. It has to excite future generations and most importantly, look and feel unmistakably Jaguar.”

Beautiful shapes and purposeful proportions from three key cars in Jaguar’s racing heritage, the C-type, D-type and E-type, have influenced the form and graphics of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé. Radical front fenders are reminiscent of the C-type, the epic plan shape is inspired by the ‘Long Nose’ D-type, and the fast and elegant cabin hints at the Lightweight E-type.

The virtual sports EV is crafted from experimental lightweight materials, with the light and stiff monocoque made from carbon-fibre composites and advanced aluminium alloys. This focused lightweight construction ensures the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé weighs just 1,400kg and delivers near 50:50 weight distribution.

The Vision GT Coupé is the first Jaguar to feature the iconic Leaper on the front grille. Elsewhere the historic references continue with the twin-charging sockets flanking the rear haunches, inspired by Jaguar’s revolutionary 1968 XJ saloon.

Interior Design
The interior of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé has been designed to fuse Jaguar’s heritage with its contemporary interior philosophy of progressive luxury, purity, driver focus, and stunningly intricate details, all of which are allowed to breathe through the simplicity of the car’s design.

Chris Shaw, Interior Designer, Jaguar Advanced Design, said: “We’ve really pushed the limit to imagine how a future Jaguar sports car interior could look. The architecture is visually lightweight, simple, and dramatic; featuring advanced and experimental materials and finishes. Sitting in the stunningly considered cockpit and looking out onto the gracefully long bonnet of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé – a view that is unmistakably Jaguar – the player will be fully immersed in the action.”

This selection of inspired details and inventive, innovative flourishes include hologram technology. The car features an on-board artificial intelligence system affectionately named “KITT-E” – a companion that would operate systems, and interface between the driver and machine to enhance the emotional connection with the car*. This technology can also display other useful information to the driver in a variety of formats, including three dimensional maps, and essential vehicle data.

The cockpit has been crafted to envelope the driver, creating a racing experience reminiscent of Jaguar’s Le Mans-winning D-types. It also features augmented reality digital side glass for enhanced vision either side of the car; the glass being able to highlight danger and obstacles, therefore increasing driver perception. Complimenting this, ahead of the driver is a transparent information cluster, displaying three-dimensional information inspired by iconic Smiths gauges, with rearward vision integrated either side in the screen’s simple wrapped design – all in perfect eye-line of the road ahead.

A unique soundscape has also been created to immerse the driver in a pure Jaguar racing experience. Led by the team responsible for the Jaguar I-PACE’s soundtrack, the Vision GT Coupé’s distinctive sound was created using brand new recordings of the 1957 Le Mans podium-finishing ‘603’ Long Nose D-type. Its race-spec 3.8 litre XK engine provides a unique layer, manipulated and woven into a futuristic and distinctive electric soundtrack.

To create the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé’s uncompromising racing performance the design team called on the same Panasonic Jaguar Racing engineers who lead the design and development of the brand’s I-TYPE 4 Formula E and I-PACE eTROPHY race cars. The car is powered by three powerful, compact motors – one driving both front wheels, the other two driving a rear wheel each – which together produce a combined 1,020PS (750kW) and 1,200Nm. Players will be propelled from 0-100km/h in less than two seconds and on to a maximum speed of more than 200mph.

James Barclay, Team Director, Panasonic Jaguar Racing said: “The opportunity to take what we have learned on the track from our time in Formula E and apply it to a futuristic Jaguar race car has been a great challenge for the Jaguar Racing engineers. With its all-electric motor design drawing on the technology from both the Jaguar I-TYPE 4 and eTROPHY race cars, we have accurately modelled the performance of the Jaguar Vision GT Coupé in the virtual world, creating a car that will be exhilarating to drive and a real threat to the competition.”

The Jaguar Vision GT will be available for players to download in Gran Turismo Sport for the Sony PlayStation 4 from the end of November and will first be driven by competitors in the latest round of Sony’s Gran Turismo World Tour event at the Tokyo Motor Show, Japan, from 26-27 October.

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October 15, 2019

Jaguar is the first manufacturer to offer customers an all-electric RACE eTAXI experience around the epic Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Thrill-seekers and fans of electric vehicles can now experience the sports car performance of the I-PACE at the most demanding race circuit in the world with a professional driver behind the wheel. The zero-emissions model can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds (0-60mph in 4.5 seconds) thanks to its state-of-the-art 90kWh lithium-ion battery, which develops 400PS and 696Nm of torque.

The performance SUV will feel at home in all weathers around the 20.8km, 73-corner Nordschleife thanks to its dynamic handling and all-wheel drive; the zero-emissions I-PACE – 2019 World Green Car of the Year – will be able to cope with any conditions the circuit known as the ‘Green Hell’ has to offer.

The introduction of the first all-electric RACE eTAXI is another step in Jaguar’s electrification strategy as it enables more people to experience Jaguar’s award-winning I-PACE first-hand.

Jaguar is no stranger to electric race cars, with the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team preparing for a fourth season in Formula E. Jaguar has also completed its inaugural season of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the first all-electric single-make competition of its kind in the world, which features a grid of close-to-production I-PACE racers.

The new experience is available from now until the end of the season in late November and costs from €149 per lap. For further information on dates and availability please visit:

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October 13, 2019
Larry Perkins shares a moment with our editor at Le Mans in 1988

Bathurst’s 1000 kilometre race is a MUST DO every year because of the place if not the cars.

This year’s race was no exception, and you probably didn’t reality it, but Jaguar has very strong links to the Walkinshaw/Andretti Team which filled third place on the podium following an extraordinary race, even for Bathurst.

We know Jaguar inside out more than any other publication, so what are we talking about you may ask.

Tom Walkinshaw sits frustrated in his XJ-S (004) while the oil cooler is replaced.

Obviously there is the Walkinshaw connection – Tom’s TWR outfit winning the race there for Jaguar in 1985. Tom and Win Percy finished third also, after leading for much of the event, and of course, a sister TWR Jaguar won with John Goss and Armin Hahne driving.

So what about this year? Well third place-getter James Courtney was Jaguar’s first Jaguar Racing Formula 1 Test driver. He returned to Australia following an horrific crash in testing.

Young Jaguar F1 test driver James Courtney at the Australian Grand Prix representing the manufacturer.

… and his co-driver Jack Perkins? Well his very successful father drove the Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9LM into fourth place at Le Mans in 1988, backing up the winning Jaguar.

Larry Perkins is buckled into his 4th place XJR-9LM at Le Mans 1988.

So that is it – other than the fact winning team owner Dick Johnson owned an XJ12 and worked for Jaguar demonstrating their new cars at tracks around Australia with Allan Grice, while Roger Penske competed head to head driving against the Lwt E-Type in Europe in the early 1960s.

Dick Johnson and Allan Grice recommending Jaguars.

I don’t think I can find any more associations with this year’s race!

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October 11, 2019

We all recognise and respect the late-Norman Dewis as a Jaguar legend, but very sadly he didn’t quite live to see our milestone 200th edition.

However, he was a fervent reader of every Jaguar Magazine edition, and featured regularly from many other parts of the world.

Norman was a great supporter of our publication, and we hosted him in Australia for his only visit.

He is seen here with our future Road Test Editor Tristan Hughes looking over XJ13 at Browns Lane, and with the equally legendary Frank Gardner (a passionate Jaguar owner and devotee to the end) at Frank’s famous driving education centre in Queensland.

Norman is with us in spirit we believe, and would recommend all Jaguar admirers to our publication – especially since we are about to publish THE BIG ONE!

As they say Down Under – ‘Good On Ya Norman’ and thanks for your friendship.

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October 10, 2019
JRA TWR Jaguar XJ-Ss chassis #006, 005 and 004 lined up on the Bathurst grid prior to the race start in October 1985. It was their only race of the year.

We are about to celebrate our 200th edition – and were just five issues old when the JRA TWR Jaguar XJ-S chassis 006 won the Bathurst 1000 kilometre classic in October 1985.

It will be available as a single issue purchase at our website – so you won’t need to subscribe for a full year to read it.

This is our teaser cover until the real image is shot – but it will include this no-mileage XJR-S bought recently by Jordan Roddy – and his father’s TWR XJ-S!

Nobody else from the media got the inside Jaguar access at the Bathurst track that we did!

Chassis 004 was third having led for the majority of time, while a BMW was second – making it a perfect race result for Jaguar because local ex-Ford hero, and Australian Grand Prix Champion John Goss took the winner’s flag with German star Armin Hahne his very quick co-driver.

Armin Hahne relaxes on his new tyre prior to getting back in for the race. The almost didn’t have enough wheels before the race – we will explain.

The winning Jaguar has been back in Australia for a long time thanks to Mike Roddy, and is cherished by him in original condition – while being seen and heard on various tracks!

It is the best and most original of all seven TWR-built XJ-S racers, and Bathurst TWR ringmaster Ian ‘Blue’ Forward confirms Mike’s chassis #006 won the two most significant races for the TWR XJ-S era.

We spent the entire four days in the Bathurst JRA TWR Jaguar pits and around the drivers and team – with our hallowed mentor, and former factory Student Apprentice/PR Head, Andrew Whyte.

Seat repairs for the winning Jaguar – didn’t work!

They were, of course, Bathurst and the Spa 24 Hour events!!!

It was a dream start for our magazine, and has never stopped being fabulous.

We will highlight our history in edition #200 though ten pages in the next magazine, and that will include the people, the cars, places – and the Bathurst plus the Le Mans victories.

The Jaguar driving team of Percy and Hahne watches qualifying on television for the top ten. The engineer is young Charlie Bamber.

We didn’t miss a single Le Mans, with full photographic and journalist privileges, between 1987 and 1991, plus 1993.

Enjoy Bathurst, even if you are not a V8 Supercars racing fan because the place is so special, and don’t forget edition #200 which will surprise and entertain everyone.

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October 2, 2019

We already knew that No Time To Die would be a big movie. We knew that because it’s a James Bond movie. No Time To Die will be the 25th movie, and, from the looks of things, it could be the biggest Bond movie to date.

It’s long been established that every Bond movie comes with an Aston Martin vehicle. It won’t be different this time as Aston Martin has confirmed that several Aston Martin models will be in the film, including what is arguably the most famous Aston Martin model of all time: the DB5.

We can tell, though, that the cars that are sharing a chase scene with the replica DB5 are actual Jaguar models. The Jaguar XJ will be sharing some screen time with at least one of the eight replica DB5 units that were reportedly created specifically for this movie.

The Valhalla is Aston Martin’s new mid-engine supercar. We first saw a glimpse of it at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It shares a lot of the design cues with the Valkyrie but was created to look cleaner and more refined than the flagship halo car. Unlike the Valkyrie, the Valhalla is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and a battery-electric hybrid system that combine to produce an output approaching 1,000 horsepower.

All told, No Time To Die should be an appointment movie experience for all of us. Forget about Bond’s mission in the movie or who he ends up sleeping with. We’re watching it for the cars, and from the looks of it, we’re going to have a healthy dose of them once the movie hits theatres in the first half of 2020.

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