March 21, 2018

Jaguar’s impressive Art of Performance Tour is returning to the Formula 1 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne’s opening round of the world championship, from March 22-25.

The F-TYPE Supersprint and Jaguar Ice Cube will highlight the performance and handling capabilities of Jaguar’s cars at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit while giving car lovers a chance to experience it first-hand.

The Formula 1 ® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix is the first appearance in Australia of Jaguar’s stunning new E-PACE compact SUV and will be the first time E-PACE and its bigger F- PACE stablemate will be together in public.

Both cars will not only be part of Jaguar’s Formula 1 ® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix vehicle display but also run hot laps of the 560-metre F-TYPE Supersprint circuit and demonstrate their agility on the incredible Ice Cube.

On the fast and exciting Supersprint track professional drivers will demonstrate the cars’ impressive performance while passengers experience true seat-of-the-pants excitement.

Fans can also take a ride over the daunting Ice Cube, experiencing another Jaguar dimension as technology, in the form of Jaguar’s impressive All-Surface Progress Control system, blends with the poise and balance of chassis engineering, allowing drivers faced with a steep and slippery incline to simply select vehicle speed, take their feet off the pedals and let the cars ascend and descend autonomously.

Kevin Nicholls, Jaguar Land Rover Australia’s Marketing Director, said the company is delighted to be sharing the exhilaration and excitement of Jaguar cars with motor sport fans in Melbourne.

“Jaguar is a brand that embodies design, innovation and performance. The F-TYPE Supersprint and Jaguar Ice Cube, gives us the perfect opportunity to let fans and enthusiasts experience the cars first-hand, and truly demonstrate what we call Jaguar’s special “Art of Performance”, Mr Nicholls said.

“We are also pleased that we will be able to publicly showcase the all-new E-PACE compact SUV which launches in Australia this month and joins it’s larger F-PACE sibling, providing Jaguar with a dynamic product range that truly has something for everyone.

Land Rover will also put its SUV range through its paces at the Formula 1 ® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, demonstrating its class-leading off-road handling capabilities on the exciting Twin Terrapod, a mechanical hill simulator.

Passengers on the off-road simulator are taken up a steep climb to a height of six meres before dropping back to ground level, achieving impressive climb and descent angles of between 43 and 48 degrees.

Jaguar’s Art of Performance will be located on Aquatic Drive, on the circuit’s western side between turns five and six. A wide range of Jaguar vehicles, including the new E-PACE, will be on display at Champions Gateway. The Jaguar Ice Cube and Land Rover Twin Terrapod will be located in Legends Lane.

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March 20, 2018

Boss of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is set to leave the business at the end of June 2018.

John Edwards, managing director of special operations, has led the division since its launch in 2014 and will be succeeded by Michael van der Sande, currently managing director of Alpine, Renault Group’s sports car division.

Van der Sande has previously held senior roles at Aston Martin, Tesla and Harley-Davidson.

Edwards said: “These crucial new appointments put Jaguar Land Rover special operations in excellent shape for the future.

“Our special vehicle operations, bespoke and classic businesses are strategically important for the entire business and I am confident the new recruits will bring fresh thinking and new direction, building on what we have achieved and taking us onwards and upwards.”

Chief executive Ralf Speth added: “John Edwards will be sorely missed. He has been a remarkable leader, serving Jaguar Land Rover with distinction for 27 years and most recently building special operations into a business we are proud of.

“John has been instrumental in the formation and success of Jaguar Land Rover Classic and has led the team behind our world-beating SVR and SVAutobiography models – cars that our most discerning customers love.

“We are extremely grateful to John for his immense contribution and wish him all the very best for the future. On behalf of the board I thank him for his efforts and significant achievements.”

Van der Sande said: “In just four years special operations has established itself as a force in the automotive world with outstanding cars such as the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR and Range Rover SV Coupé, coupled with the revitalisation of the Classic business and continuation models such as the Jaguar XKSS.

“These are exceptional achievements and I relish the opportunity to lead the team behind these achievements to even greater success.”

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March 20, 2018

Mitch Evans has targeted scoring Jaguar’s first Formula E victory after a charging drive in last weekend’s Punta del Este race.

Evans finished fourth after being demoted to 16th on the grid for an incorrect weight distribution on one of his cars, which followed a battery change between the two practice sessions in Uruguay.

He eventually finished just four seconds off the lead after battling his way up the order.

“The new battery was 3kg lighter but it was a 300g thing [that led to the incorrect weight distribution],” Evans, who scored Jaguar’s only Formula E podium to date at the Hong Kong season opener, told Autosport.

“It wasn’t an advantage but the rules are the rules, and I respect the stewards being consistent with it. We can’t argue with it – that’s the way it rolls.

“We had a good fast car, and I’m happy to be heading to the next few races hopefully in a position to fight for the win.

“I heard just before the drivers’ parade that we were disqualified, which is never something you want to hear after a good qualifying.

“Starting 16th wasn’t anywhere near where we should have been – obviously we weren’t within the rules, but not intentionally so. It was a very small margin.”

The race featured a tense battle for victory between Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi, but the only lead change occurred when the frontrunners came in to pit and were briefly passed by cars running a longer first stint.

But Evans made up 12 positions on his charge, which included a dramatic swoop on Mahindra driver Felix Rosenqvist for what turned out to be fourth at the track’s high-speed Turn 13 right-hander.

When asked if he expected to get as far as he did, Evans said: “Not today, to be honest.

“Other circuits are easier to pass on, such as Santiago and maybe Mexico. It was tricky so I wasn’t expecting a top-four finish.

“But when the car’s quick, and I think I gelled well with the circuit, you can really make some good progress and that’s what we were able to achieve today.

“Obviously the guys at the front, the speed difference is very small. And we all know that JEV is one of the hardest guys to pass.”

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March 19, 2018

We know that the price of E-Types of any sort have gone through the roof worldwide in the past five years – and continue to rise.

Every one is special and individual, but the V12 Roadster we feature in edition #192 is a genuine ‘bobby dazzler’!

We highlight it over six pages because it is not just stunningly presented, having been worked over by Eagle in England (who deliver all sorts of exciting modified E-Types) – but this is one of the final 50 E-Types built, most of which were black with a commemorative numbers plaque.  Then, as mentioned, it has been subtly breathed on by Eagle to make it an even finer road car.

It is there in the magazine and is a joy to behold.

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March 16, 2018

I totally believe we know the truth about the identities of the 1984-built TWR XJ-Ss more than any other authority, and now one of those three cars also raced in 1985 is being offered for sale in the UK by JD Classics.  We knew this car at Bathurst because we were established as a magazine and reported from the TWR JRA Jaguar pits.

Most of those four 1984 TWR XJ-Ss today are now known by the wrong ID plates, but not this one.  It is chassis 005 and has been owned for several decades by UK fine car sales and service business JD Classics.

According to what has just been published:

One of the TWR-Jaguar works cars contended during the 1984 racing season, driven by Win Percy and Chuck Nicholson, this big cat holds the claim as Chassis No.5. This may not mean much to those unaware of the TWR heritage, but No.5 is the newest of all the works cars, having been finished in mid-September that year, replacing the XJ-S written off by Nicholson at the Silverstone Tourist Trophy a month before. 

“It debuted for the 3.5 hour race at Zolder – held on September 23, 1984. It was during this race that Tom Walkinshaw secured the Championship with a sister car, taking 3rd place. 

“The next appearance for No.5 occurred on October 25, racing at Mugello with Martin Brundle at the helm. 

“For 1985, the Jaguar was shipped to Australia to form a three-car TWR team, racing at Bathurst’s renowned Mount Panorama circuit. It was here that Jeff Allam and Ron Dickson appeared poised to claim a podium finish, until damage to the inlet system, apparently caused by broken headlamp glass (untrue – Jaguar Magazine), sent them down the order (Jaguar Magazine – that is, out on lap three) …

“Chassis No.5 then tore up the tarmac in Fuji for the All Japan Touring Car Championship. By now Win Percy had become the de facto lead driver, but Tom Walkinshaw himself also took position as driver for the tyre abusing mayhem. Percy and Walkinshaw were then paired with the XJ-S for the first round of the New Zealand Group A Saloon Championship in 1987. 

“Round two was undertaken at Pukekohe on February 1 and, in what would turn out to be the last race for the TWR XJ-S competition vehicles, Percy and Armin Hahne charged into 2nd place. 


“Sound good? We certainly performed a double take upon finding its glorious bulk on the JD Classics showroom floor. Now offered fully prepared for the next racing season and mated to a monumental history file, this is an incredibly rare opportunity to get your hands on the last TWR-Jaguar works XJ-S. The final one to be campaigned in period, this Jaguar would make for the perfect classic to fill that empty void in your garage and your heart.”

No, it is not Mike Roddy’s precious Spa and Bathurst winner which is the most untouched TWR XJ-S of any.

To assist those interested in history, Mike has the car known as 004 (sic), Allen Lloyd has 006 (sic) and Jaguar owns 007.

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March 14, 2018

The fastest and most powerful Lister car ever created will be showcased on the ‘Built In Britain’ feature at The London Motor Show.

The 666bhp Lister supercar, which is based on the Jaguar F-Type SVR, will power its way on to the unique feature piece at this year’s show, which is demonstrating the sheer might of the British automotive industry.

The 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 Lister Coupé goes from 0-100mph in just 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 208mph. Only 99 models are set to be produced, all coming with bespoke body packages, interior enhancements and suspension and exhaust upgrades.

It will be joined by the Lister Knobbly – a road-legal continuation model of the legendary racer driven by some of the most notable racing drivers of the 50s including Archie Scott Brown, Sir Stirling Moss, Ivor Beub, Bruce Halford and Innes Ireland. 1957 was a truly definitive maiden season for the car winning 12 of the 14 races that year, including the prestigious British Empire Cup.

Lister remains, to this day, unique in being the only automotive company making original specification continuation cars that are eligible for registration and road use. Unlike other continuation specials, which are strictly limited to track use only, the road-legal Lister Knobbly is fully eligible for IVA type approval.

A true testament to the UK’s motorsport pedigree and British ingenuity, Lister was one of the most successful and prestigious sports racing cars of the 1950s, winning at almost every UK circuit in Britain and virtually unbeatable both in the UK, overseas and in the USA; illustrating the British manufacturer’s prowess in the motorsport world. The UK remains at the forefront of the motorsport world to this day, with the high performance and motorsport engineering industry housing approximately 4,500 companies and boasting an annual turnover of £9 billion. Britain also plays host to the current Formula One champions Mercedes and six other teams.

The all-new ‘Built In Britain’ feature will display the very best of British automotive manufacturing and motoring, with a host of vehicles from well-known brands, commemorating the nation where vehicle design and production all take place.

Alec Mumford, Chairman of The London Motor Show, said: “Lister was presented with the task of engineering the most powerful and most luxurious Lister car ever and the British marque has not disappointed! Families and fans will be in for a treat when they see this 666bhp supercar and the Knobbly continuation at our show this May.” 

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March 10, 2018

Our English ace photographer has excelled again – and in our next edition we have all of his exclusive images and report

On what you say?  Well, Martin took himself to Donington Park race circuit this week where the new Invictus Jaguar F-Type GT racer appeared in public for the first time and ran serious laps of the fast historic circuit.

Martin reported it ran well, and seemed to have little time off the track for attention.

It is early days, of course, but the car looks stunning in action – and who knows what it could lead to?

Of course, we will all love the deep V8 rumble coming from those four huge exhaust pipes …

Don’t miss Martin’s sensational images of the car in the garage and up close, with more running shots of it on the track.

If you need a photographer for any type of work in England, I thoroughly recommend Martin Dunning.

You can contact him at

… oh, and happy 33rd birthday to the man himself!

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March 8, 2018

Welcome to the spectacular cover of our next edition – featuring ‘Iron Maiden’ drummer Nico McBrain’s brand new sensational Series 3 XJ6 which was carefully hand-built and updated by Classic Jaguar in Coventry.

Currently on the Jaguar stand at the Geneva Show, the full story of this super-exciting car is told in a six-page feature and includes Nico’s long time passion for Jaguar.

Other highlights include the first official public release of the revolutionary all-electric powered I-Pace, the most radical production Jaguar every to be sold, and the first drive of the new smaller Jaguar SUV E-Pace.

A gorgeous V12 E-Type Roadster gets the full modernisation treatment, a tribute to Carl Linder the late Barossa ‘King’ and his Jaguars (plus four S.S.1s), reader Peter Lehrke drives new Jaguars on ice at the wind-swept Jaguar facility in Sweden, Price Edward at home with Jaguars at Windsor Castle – and so much more to inform and entertain …

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March 7, 2018

Our three week long specially arranged Jaguar Magazine Tour to Europe in August and September has just 10 spots left – and they close on March 21.

Our editor will host the Tour, and fully included are visits to:

Porsche and Mercedes-Benz Musuem

Reims city and the famous abandoned track where Jaguar won with its C and D-Types

Mum Champagne cellars

Free time in Paris

Free time in London

Special reception for us at the legendary RAC headquarters in London

Jaguar Castle Bromwich plant visit

Inspect new Jaguar Land Rover Classic works

Visit the official Jaguar collection of cars at two museums at Gaydon and in Coventry

Hampton Court Palace Concours d’Elegance

Brooklands track visit

The Goodwood Revival with grandstand seating

Many dinners included, all breakfasts, all entries, all accomodation, coach touring with driver and courier – and special treats too.

All airfares can be arranged from any city.

We have had six of these Tours – but this may be the last.

If you are interested contact Bronwen in our office at, or call us on +61 (0)7 3349 0322.

We have been told by our booking agents that we can’t go beyond the 21st of this month with final numbers because of the amount of organisation involved for them.

We would love to have you join us if this appeals to you – and we have some special surprises too …

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March 6, 2018

The super-exciting and revolutionary Jaguar I-Pace made its official world public debut today at Geneva.  Handsome it is too, we believe.

I don’t think most people have got their minds around what a huge motoring revolution is being created right at this moment, and Jaguar, along with Tesla, are the leaders in that massive change.

Looking at the car here, it appears larger  and longer than I had previously imagined.

Jaguar Land Rover at the 2018 Geneva Motorshow.

I must admit though  – I really think I, and most others – would like to have the option of traditional engine noise, even if it is all fake.

Much as I enjoy Formula E – it badly misses that essential excitement noise brings with it, and road car drivers will always almost all like it in their cars, traditional fuelled or electric.  I can imagine that if manufacturers don’t offer that, aftermarket companies will be right on the job.

Jaguar Land Rover at the 2018 Geneva Motorshow.

Enjoy the sight of the most revolutionary Jaguar ever sold.

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