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RACE AROUND THE NURBURGRING IN AN I-PACE

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: https://www.jaguar.de/jaguar-live/race-taxi.html.

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2019 BATHURST – JAGUAR’S PODIUM CONNECTIONS

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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NORMAN DEWIS AND OUR 200TH EDITION

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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OUR 200TH EDITION – AND BATHURST IS BACK!

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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LOADS OF JAGUARS IN NEW BOND MOVIE!

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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JAGUAR’S STUNNING NEW DESIGN STUDIO

September 29, 2019

Jaguar has unveiled its new dedicated design studio in Gaydon, bringing the entire design team into one purpose-built creative space for the first time in the marque’s 84-year history.

Led by Jaguar Design Director, Julian Thomson, the new studio is the most advanced automotive design centre in the world, developed to enhance the human creative design process with world-leading technologies.

The ‘Heart Space’, a collaborative hub at the centre of the new Jaguar Design Studio, will bring together the diverse and creative 280-strong team as it designs future generations of Jaguars.

Surrounding the Heart Space are bespoke working environments for the Interior, Exterior and Colour and Materials teams, plus Design Visualisation and Design Technical disciplines.

Jaguar Design is made up of designers from across the globe and from a range of industry backgrounds, including fashion, watch-making, sports and gaming. Being drawn from such different spheres of design helps the team deliver its ‘Jaguar’ interpretation of Britishness using contemporary materials and processes. Those processes utilise industry-leading technology, including custom-made clay modelling machines allowing 20 models to be worked on at once, virtual reality (VR) systems and an 11-metre 4K digital display wall known as ‘The Electric’. The floor area of the new Jaguar Design Studio measures over 12,000m2 – an increase of around 33% of the total previous studio spaces based in Whitley.

Julian Thomson, Design Director, Jaguar, said: “Jaguar has a unique heritage as a design-led brand and this will always to be a central pillar of our DNA. The design values and philosophy that were created by Jaguar’s founder, Sir William Lyons, remain the same and this building will allow us to design the very best cars for our customers, far into the future. In the design team, we understand the issues that are facing the automotive industry and can respond accordingly through innovation and creativity.”

Full details are going to be revealed in our 200th edition.

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WHAT IS COMING FOR OUR 200TH?

September 24, 2019
The enigmatic Briggs Cunningham achieved so much – when he could afford to do nothing!

That’s a good question! We know what the features will be – but how do you celebrate a huge milestone like this which has been 35 years in the making?

There will be some nostalgia, well know characters who have featured in that time and massive events headed by Jaguar’s win at Le Mans in 1988 – its first win as a factory effort since 1955.

Jan Lammers led the Jaguar victory parade under the flag at the end of the 24 hours that year, with the TWR Silk Cut team cars following in 4th and 16th places.

Then of course, there are the fabulous Jaguar of the road, racing, chassis and modern types.

Whatever we turn up, it is going to be big, but not self-congratulating! We want it to be entertaining and enlightening for readers.

I can promise thought I thought in 1984 when we began that we would have said everything in 20 editions and then be scratching for stories! Wrong – and that is because Jaguar is a living and breathing marque making modern history while celebrating its earlier times.

This image then is a little teaser – one of the nicest, most self-effacing and gracious huge achievers I have met and spent time with for Jaguar Magazine. Briggs Cunningham.

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EDITION #199 AVAILABLE NOW

September 19, 2019

Our latest edition is out right now, and we think you will be happy with it too. Major features include:

The new Ecurie Ecosse V12 LM69 Coupe is revealed

First drive of the F-Pace SVR

Buying an X350 XJ – and getting it right

Finding the astounding 29th E-Type Roadster

The 1955 Le Mans Cooper Jaguar – and its owner Peter Whitehead’s life story all revealed like never before

One man and his three D-Types bought and raced within 12 months. The cars all disappeared by we make some heavy discoveries

Bruce McLaren, his museum in Auckland and his many connections with Jaguar

… and loads more in this edition

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NEW XJ – FIRST PEEK

September 14, 2019

This is believed to be the forthcoming new all-electric XJ – from the rear!

It is difficult to form a view, but it does look conventional and undoubtedly will be stunning.

If you have doubts about the future of electric vehicles – have a look at the flood of vehicles coming onto the market from all of the major European manufacturers.

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JAGUAR CONFIRMS ALL ELECTRIC XJ COMING – AT FRANKFURT

September 12, 2019

Jaguar announced at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show that the next generation of the XJ luxury saloon will be launched as an all-electric car. The British automobile manufacturer also gave a sneak peek of what the car will look like.

The XJ all-electric will be developed to compete against Tesla’s Model S and the recently showcased BMW EQS. The all-electric XJ is expected to borrow its powertrain from the company’s first all-electric model, the I-PACE.

Jaguar has equipped the I-PACE with one motor on each axle. This will make a combined output of 400 PS of maximum power and 696 Nm of peak torque giving the car a 0-100 km/h time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed over 200 km/h. The current-gen XJ is equipped with a 3-litre, V6 diesel engine which makes 305 PS of maximum power and 689 Nm of peak torque.

The company also gave a glimpse of the upcoming all-electric saloon, which indicates that the car will get a complete overhaul for its new generation. It is also expected that the car will receive connected tail lamps among other updates.

Jaguar Land Rover is gearing up for the launch of a hybrid SUV under the Land Rover lineup.

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