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JAGUAR JOINS WITH CHARGEFOX

May 24, 2019

Jaguar Australia, a founding partner of the Australian Electric Vehicle Council, has signed an official agreement with Australia’s biggest public electric vehicle (EV) charging network, Chargefox.

The relationship makes Jaguar the first local manufacturer to formally support EV drivers through an agreement with the ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging network that is currently being rolled-out nationally by Chargefox.

The new partnership helps to ensure that Jaguar owners will have easy access to a rapidly developing major, multiple outlet, vehicle charging network.

Welcoming the agreement, Chargefox Chief Executive, Marty Andrews, said Jaguar Australia’s solid show of support means it will now be easier than ever for customers to buy and charge EVs.

“Jaguar drivers will be able to drive long distances confident in the knowledge they will have access to free, unlimited charging on some of the world’s fastest chargers,” Mr. Andrews said of his company’s growing network.

Chargefox, Australia’s biggest and fastest growing open charging network for modern EVs, already has three fully operational, ultra-rapid charging stations operating in regional Victoria, one in Barnawartha and the other in Euroa plus the latest site recently opened at Toombul shopping centre in Brisbane. By end July 2019, there are expected to be eight (8) ultra-chargers in operation, with 90% of the network planned to be operational by end September 2019.

By the end of the year a national network of twenty two ultra chargers will be operational forming a network connecting Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.

As well, additional ultra-rapid charging stations are also being planned for Western Australia and Tasmania.

Mr. Andrews says that, using a Chargefox ultra-rapid station, Jaguar I-PACE owners will be able to fully charge their cars – giving a 400 kilometre driving range – in less than 40 minutes, yet another feather in the cap of the car that recently won an historic 2019 World Car Awards treble capturing not only the coveted 2019 World Car of the Year but also World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car.

To celebrate the agreement that ensures fast, easy travelling Jaguar EV drivers, including those who already own an I-PACE, will get five years free, unlimited charging on Chargefox’s ultra-rapid EV charging network*.

Describing the Chargefox agreement as a move that is nothing but positive, Jaguar Land Rover Australia Managing Director, Mark Cameron, said the initiative lays a solid foundation for the long-term future of electric vehicles in this country.

“Charging infrastructure is critical to increasing electric vehicle uptake in Australia and this agreement means Jaguar customers can buy an EV safe in the knowledge it will meet all their expectations,” Mr. Cameron said.

“Not only does this initiative make interstate travel and longer journeys a reality, it also benefits regional areas by extending the ownership and driving experience for our customers living outside capital cities,” he added.

“With 22 station locations open by the end of the year, range anxiety ceases to be an issue. Drivers will be able to travel without concern for the level of charge in their batteries.”

Chargefox, which has been operating charging stations nationally for the past 12 months, is not only Australia’s biggest open charging network for modern EVs but also the fastest-growing. To date, the company has managed more than 20,000 charging sessions.

Using a Chargefox Ultra-rapid charger is easy for I-PACE owners. After registering their vehicle details in the Chargefox app, I-PACE owners will have visibility of all of the free charging available to them when using the Chargefox ultra-rapid chargers.

Jaguar Land Rover Australia is at the forefront of the EV movement with 13 charging stations at its new national headquarters in Mascot, New South Wales and further chargers installed across its national retailer network.

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NEW EDITION #197 HAS ARRIVED IN HARD COPY

May 23, 2019

It is out now and in the shops soon, and mail now for all of our subscribers.

It is edition #197 and the major features include:

The world’s best XK150S FHC

Driving Jaguar’s new models on ice in Lapland

The brilliant F-Pace S 3.0 diesel – driving opinion

50 years of the Jaguar Drivers Club Auckland – huge celebrations and historic cars

Profile on Phil Hill – his beginnings were with Jaguar

Buyer’s Advice – Rare XF SV8

Jaguar’s traditional home at Browns Lane – much of it still exists building Jaguar parts

50th Jaguar Rally of Australia

The first new high performance F-Pace SVOs we have encountered

… and much much more, of course.

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I-PACE WINS YET MORE MAJOR AWARDS …

May 23, 2019
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The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has won Best Electric Powertrain, Best New Engine, and the 350 to 450PS category at The International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards.

Announced at the Engine Expo + The Powertrain Technology Show in Stuttgart, the panel of 70 expert motoring journalists from 31 countries took into account key characteristics including performance, driveability, energy efficiency and refinement.

These three titles recognise the technical excellence of the I-PACE’s zero emissions powertrain, which was designed and developed in-house.

Ian Hoban, Powertrain Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We’ve used all the benefits of state-of-the-art battery and motor technology to create a world-class electric vehicle. As well as zero emissions, the all-electric powertrain delivers an ideal balance of performance, refinement and range, together with outstanding responsiveness, agility and day-to-day usability. I-PACE is a true driver’s car, and above all a true Jaguar.

We set out to make the world’s best all-electric performance SUV: these awards reflect that, and are fitting recognition for what the engineering team has achieved.”

I-PACE’s 90kWh lithium-ion battery enables a range of up to 470kms (WLTP). It’s capable of charging from 0-80% in just 40 minutes using a 100kW DC charger, or in just over ten hours when using a 7kW AC wallbox – ideal for overnight charging at home.

A suite of smart, range-optimising technologies includes a battery pre-conditioning system: when plugged in the I-PACE will automatically raise (or lower) the temperature of its battery to maximise range ahead of driving away. A heat pump can scavenge energy from the outside air – even in sub-zero conditions – to reduce the amount of battery energy used by the climate control system. It can even utilise heat generated by the propulsion system to warm up the cabin, further reducing demand on the battery.

The battery is placed centrally between the two axles, and as low down as possible. This location enables perfect 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity: together with the advanced double wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension this is fundamental to the I-PACE’s agile handling and outstanding ride comfort.

The permanent magnet motors are hollow, with the driveshafts passing through the centre. As well as being light – together with the transmission they weigh just 78kg – they’re also exceptionally compact. This contributes to the I-PACE’s spacious cabin, 656-litre luggage compartment volume and SUV ground clearance.

Integrating the motors into the front and rear axles delivers all-wheel drive for outstanding traction and control in all conditions. They also enable high levels of regenerative braking – up to 0.4G. This maximises range, and also enables intuitive ‘single pedal’ driving in many conditions.

I-PACE has received 66 global awards since it was revealed little more than a year ago, including 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, World Green Car, European Car of the Year, and German, Norwegian and UK Car of the Year.

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JAGUAR’S F1 TEAM BOSS NIKI LAUDA DEAD

May 21, 2019

The former Formula One driver, Principle of Jaguar F1 for two seasons, and three-time world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family has said. The Austrian died overnight on Monday, eight months after receiving a lung transplant.

“With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday,” the family said in a statement, according to the Austrian press agency. The statement paid tribute to “his unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur” and said “his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain. A role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public, and he will be missed.”

Lauda, who won titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984, was hugely admired, respected and liked within F1 after a remarkable career during which he won two titles for Ferrari and one for McLaren and came back from an horrific accident that left him severely burned and injured in 1976. He competed in 171 races and won 25. He also actively pursued business interests including his own airline and went on to have senior roles in F1 management, most recently as non-executive chairman at the hugely successful Mercedes since 2012, where he helped bring Lewis Hamilton to the team.Advertisement

As tributes began to flow, his former team McLaren said: “Niki will forever be in our hearts and enshrined in our history.” Jenson Button, the former world champion, said “a legend has left us” while prominent motorsports journalist Nick De Groot said Lauda’s status within the sport was “not just for what he achieved on the race track, but for what he overcame to get there”

Scuderia Ferrari tweeted in Italian that the Ferrari family had learned “with deep sadness” of Lauda’s death. They added: “You will remain forever in our hearts and in those of the fans. CiaoNiki”. 

F1’s 2016 world champion for Mercedes, Nico Rosberg tweeted: “Dear Niki. Thank you for everything that you did for me. I learned so much from you. Your passion, your fighting spirit, to never give up, you belief that you always meet twice in life, and even your patience with us youngsters.

“Myself and all of your 100 million fans around the world whom you also so strongly inspired to never give up in the hardest of times are thinking of you and your family and wish that you Rest in Peace.”

Lauda was an exceptional driver, brave and uncompromising but with fine judgement. He was born in 1949 and pursued a career in racing against the wishes of his family. A determination he would demonstrate again when he took out a personal bank loans to ensure he had a shot at F1. He made his debut in 1971 and seasons with March and BRM followed where he impressed enough for Enzo Ferrari to offer him a drive with the Scuderia in 1974. Ferrari were rewarded with a podium on his first race and a win three meetings later in Spain. The next year he took his first title for the team, their first for over a decade.

A year later, when in another strong position for the title, he had a major crash at the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Trapped in his burning car, he was pulled from the wreckage but suffered severe burns and damage to his lungs. Despite doubts he would survive or indeed ever race again, Lauda’s determination to do so was extraordinary and just six weeks later he returned for the Italian Grand Prix, still bandaged and in pain after extensive surgery. With James Hunt resurgent Lauda could still have taken the title at the final round in Japan but opted to retire from the race convinced the torrential rain made it unsafe. Hunt, with whom he enjoyed both respect and friendship, took the championship.

Lauda went on to take the title a second time a year later but after two further seasons with Brabham retired in 1979, when he started his first airline business. He made a comeback for McLaren however in 1982 and went on to win the championship for them in 1984 after a hugely competitive fight with team-mate Alain Prost. The Austrian took the title at the last round by just half a point. He retired from F1 for a second and final time in 1985 and returned to pursuing his business interests.

He took a consulting managerial role at Ferrari in 1993 and was team principal of Jaguar between 2001 and 2002.

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CHIEF ENGINEER MIKE CROSS AWARDED LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

May 17, 2019

Mike Cross, the man responsible for the trademark handling, comfort and precision of all Jaguar and Land Rover models, has won Autocar magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Having joined Jaguar Cars in 1984, Cross became Chief Engineer across the Jaguar and Land Rover brands when they merged in 2008. He has personally fine-tuned and given final sign-off on each and every Jaguar and Land Rover model since.  

Described by Sir Jackie Stewart as “the best driver outside motor racing”, Cross’s expertise has been crucial in developing the outstanding driving capabilities of a diverse array of models in the Jaguar and Land Rover line-ups. From the go-anywhere capability and usability of the Land Rover Discovery, to the refinement and ultimate luxury of a Range Rover or the pin-sharp handling of the Jaguar XE 300 Sport, Cross’s challenge is to imbue each and every one with unique driving characteristics that have global appeal. 

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: “Mike has been an absolutely integral part of the global success of Jaguar Land Rover. With a deep-rooted passion for driving – not to mention a seemingly limitless depth of talent – Mike has helped us to develop some of the most admired cars in the world. Experiencing Mike’s creativity first-hand is extremely special; not only is he enormously fast behind the wheel but he drives with a level of precision and safety that places him almost in a class of his own.

The cars Mike has helped us develop are critically acclaimed in the media and consistently praised by our customers the world over. He has worked to ensure our Land Rover products are as peerless on-road as they are off-road, he’s developed one of the world’s finest luxury products in Range Rover and he’s ensured the Jaguar brand consistently produces the sharpest handling cars in their respective classes. 

We’re extremely grateful for everything Mike has achieved and hope to have his technical excellence with us for a long time yet.”

Under Cross’s guidance, not only has the Land Rover brand retained its position as the ultimate off-road car, it has also grown enormously to take on new segments. He has played a hand in the development and engineering of the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Velar and plug-in hybrid models such as the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport P400e. 

Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, said: “It’s always been a given that Land Rovers had to be good off-road, but what we have really focused on is making Land Rovers great to drive on-road, too. The Discovery 3 was the first Land Rover I worked on, and since then we’ve worked to make every other model in the range as comfortable, refined and capable.”

Likewise, Jaguar has evolved on Cross’s watch into a brand well known for impeccable handling. He oversaw the driving characteristics of Jaguar’s first SUV, the F-PACE, fine-tuned the handling of its latest iconic sports car, the F-TYPE, harnesses the performance of its ‘R’ performance models, including XFR, and honed the dynamics of the first all-electric Jaguar, the I-PACE.

Cross said: “Out of all the Jaguar cars I’ve worked on, one of my favourites was the Jaguar XFR. We were going head-to-head with models that were previously thought to be unbeatable, and all of a sudden the XFR was winning magazine group tests against the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes.” 

Mark Tisshaw, Autocar Editor, said: “Mike Cross has brought not just the market’s highest standards but a level of extraordinary consistency to the way Jaguars and Land Rovers drive. Almost every new Jaguar or Land Rover product has become the best or – at the least – one of the best for ride, handling, steering and that hard-to-define word, feel. Whether it’s the involving dynamic package of a Jaguar saloon or the refined ride of a Range Rover, Mike’s genius lies behind it.”

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WORLD SCOOP – AT SERIOUS SPEED IN THE XE SV PROJECT 8 ON A RACE TRACK!

May 15, 2019

It is not something we saw coming two weeks ago – but today our editor enjoyed the privilege of doing serious laps of the historic Lakeside circuit, and from the front seat of the exclusive XE SV Project 8 – the fastest production car to ever lap the Nurburgring!

Not only that – but this car was number #1 of the 300 cars to be built!!!

“Only three people in the country are allowed to drive it, and I was very happy to be driven and not driving! Only four people were selected to be be driven in this beast on the day! Thanks to Marc and Graeme for that. You know who you are!”

How was it? Awesome, of course, and you will read about the full amazing experience in detail in edition #198.

This car is capable of lapping faster than a full racing car, does 0-100 kph in 3.3 seconds and has braking and handling to go with the 600 bhp – or 440 kW of supercharged Jaguar V8.

DO NOT miss this hugely rare experience. It is what Jaguar is all about.

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HUGE DAY TOMORROW WITH XE SV8 PROJECT 8 …

May 14, 2019
Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Tomorrow has all of the hallmarks of an especially memorable Jaguar day at the famous Lakeside track. A range of new models will be driven hard around the undulating circuit where the likes of Jim Clark, Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart and many other legends competed.

The star car is undoubted going to be the near 600 bhp racing version of the limited edition (300 cars) Project 8.

I can’t wait, and will report back tomorrow on the Jaguar which gets from 0-100 kmh in 3.3 seconds.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 serious racing interior

I will have the cameras too – perhaps we might get a cover shot for the next edition?

See you tomorrow.

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TATA REFUTES CLAIMS IT WILL SELL JAGUAR LAND ROVER

May 10, 2019

Who knows if it is down to good old social media, or simply scurrilous rumours, but the Indian giant behind Jaguar Land Rover has moved to quash rumours that it is poised to sell the troubled British carmaker to the French owner of Peugeot and Vauxhall.

Yesterday Tata denied speculation that it was close to agreeing a deal for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) with Paris-based PSA. This came after the Press Association reported that a so-called “post-sale integration document” had been drawn up, which suggested that a deal for JLR could be imminent.

End of story, folks.

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CAN ANYBODY FIND THIS HISTORIC MK2?

May 8, 2019
Lofty England 4th left.

The famous factory Mk2 3.8 which achieved 10,000 miles in a four days of driving at Monza, at an average lap speed (including the banked track) of 105 mph, was sold to Australian then double World F1 Champion, Jack Brabham.

Kiwi Phil Kerr, who ran controlled Jack’s non-racing business interests, spoke with Lofty England who ran the enduro for Jaguar, and was told by Lofty he would like Jack to buy the car.

Lofty and Jack were good friends, but Jack said he didn’t need the Mk2 – until Phil talked him around. Phil drove the car more than anyone then because his very good Kiwi mate, Bruce McLaren, bought racing Mk2 3.8 (RHD chassis #14) new from Lofty and loved it!

After the endurance effort the car was taken back to Browns Lane, fully rebuilt and the engine changed.

According to Kerr, Jack sold it a year later to a serious enthusiast who appreciated its significance.

Do we know who that was, and if it has survived?

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STUNNING XE SV PROJECT 8 IN AUSTRALIA

May 8, 2019
Jaguar XE SV Project 8 at Sandown.

With 600PS from a 5.0 litre Supercharged V8 engine, Project 8 is the most powerful road legal Jaguar in history. All cars are LHD, but one is now in Australia thanks to Jaguar Australia. It is doing the rounds too.

Total production is strictly limited to 300 cars worldwide, each one hand-assembled at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, England. Choose between the two-seat Track Pack version and a road-biased four-seater if you want one. Prototypes ran at proving grounds across Europe, the most famous of which is the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Project 8 has achieved the fastest lap ever for a Jaguar on the Nordschleife, faster than any other four door production-intent sedan in history and faster than many renowned supercars.

Yes, things are very exciting in Jaguarland.

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