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JAGUAR CLASSIC BUILDS A SPECIAL SERIES 3 XJ FOR IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER

March 6, 2018

Today at the Geneva Motor Show Jaguar Classic is proud to present Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain’s custom-built ‘Greatest Hits’ Jaguar XJ6, kicking-off Jaguar’s XJ 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018.

The bespoke commission is a collaboration between Nicko, the expert engineers and craftsmen at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, and Jaguar Design studio director Wayne Burgess. The project involved more than 3500 man hours of work, with more than 4000 parts refinished, replaced or redesigned. Unlike any 1984 XJ6 before, it incorporates substantial modifications to the exterior, interior, drivetrain and suspension, resulting in Nicko’s dream XJ.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic director, said: “Creating this ‘Greatest Hits’ XJ, and the whole process of bringing someone’s automotive dream to life, has been extraordinarily rewarding for the Jaguar Classic team. It’s been a pleasure to work with Nicko and we’re looking forward to hearing the reaction to this project.”

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, said: “This is my ultimate XJ – my third, and lovingly named ‘Johnny 3’. It has been a true labour of love between Jaguar Classic and myself. I’m so excited by its completion and especially to be showing it at Geneva – it really is a Greatest Hits edition and to me it defines what the Jaguar XJ is all about. It’s a credit to the craftsmanship of the Jaguar Classic team. We couldn’t have timed it better, this being the 50th anniversary of XJ – my favourite of all Jaguars.”

Key features include:

  • Unique front and rear bumpers – seamlessly blended in to the modified fenders with bespoke chrome brightwork and flush-fit US side markers
  • Flared and re-profiled front and rear wheel arches accommodating bespoke 18-inch wire wheels fitted with 235/45 R18 Pirelli P Zero tyres
  • Unique sills and modified rear door pressings
  • Uprated front and rear suspension with adjustable rear dampers
  • Unique Mauve paint finish
  • Conversion to elegant Series 2 XJ door handles and bullet wing mirrors
  • Conversion to LED headlights with ‘Halo’ daytime running light signature
  • Conversion to recessed twin fuel fillers
  • Modern door sealing for reduced wind noise, and additional sound deadening
  • Integrated touch screen operating satnav, phone, rear view camera and in-car entertainment
  • Re-trimmed interior with modified seat foams improving refinement
  • Bespoke audio system with USB connectivity, featuring guitar amplifier-inspired control knobs machined from aluminium
  • In-dash starter button
  • Uprated air-conditioning
  • Remote central locking

Inside, classic Jaguar style meets modern day convenience. The leather seats are hand trimmed in Pimento Red with black piping and embossed head rests, while a black hand-crafted carpet and Alcantara headlining finishes off the trim. The dashboard features Dark Grey stained Sycamore veneers – the preferred material for Nicko’s favourite snare drums.

Further nods to the owner’s art include machined aluminium rotary controls on the dashboard – inspired by the control knobs of the guitar amplifiers created by Nicko’s great friend Jim Marshall, and drum kit inspired pedals finished in chrome and black. The custom three-spoke sports steering wheel features Nicko’s unique mascot – the ‘Eddie Growler’, first seen on his specially commissioned 2013 Jaguar XKR-S.

Bespoke soft down lighting illuminates the revised dashboard, in which a state-of-the-art Alpine touch screen controls the 1100W sound system, powering speakers from Nicko’s preferred Jaguar audio installation, the 12MY Jaguar XF.

Incorporating a number of reconditioned parts from McBrain’s original XJ6, the 4.2-litre in-line six-cylinder engine features three 2-inch SU carburettors from the E-type – Nicko’s favourite set up. Machined quad-exhaust tail pipes finish-off a specially-designed exhaust system.

Preserved components from Nicko’s first XJ6, which spent many years stood in the grounds of the home of Iron Maiden bass guitarist Steve Harris, following Nicko’s move to America, are present elsewhere in the build too: from the iconic Jaguar leaper bonnet mascot, which first attracted Nicko to buy the car, to the original ignition keys from 1984.

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AUTOCAR DRIVES THE I-PACE AT GENEVA

March 6, 2018

What is it?

The Jaguar I-Pace, the British manufacturer’s revolutionary battery-powered ‘performance SUV’, first appeared as a concept at the Los Angeles motor show in 2016 – and we’ve also drive an early version – but in the 15 months since, the two most important questions about the car have not yet been answered.

First, is it a real Jaguar? Second, does it drive like one? On the outcome of these twin examinations rests the success of a huge investment in design and engineering, not to mention much of the company’s bold future strategy, namely to excite and inspire buyers with the finest modern technology, just as it 70 years ago in the extraordinary post-war period that produced the XK120 sports car and a string of fabulous saloons that led to the seminal XJ6 of 1968.

We were given the first answers to those burning I-Pace questions as a prelude to the Geneva motor show when Jaguar fenced off a piece of taxiway at the end of Geneva’s busy airport and set up what amounted to an autosolo course of ‘smart cones’ designed to indicate the desired handling course only at the last second, so drivers needed every ounce of the car’s agility to follow it.

This wasn’t a test drive per se, but it was a decent first chance to slip behind the wheel, and the kind of opportunity to test the car’s near-limit responses – conferred by a sophisticated all-independent suspension and an ultra-low centre of gravity – that you probably wouldn’t get in 1000 miles of driving on normal roads.

For the first time, a Jaguar must do without a great-looking internal combustion engine – perhaps with a heritage of its own – and the accompanying sound of combustion, in the past painstakingly engineered to please an owner’s ear. Now, the I-Pace has silent electric motors mounted at either end of a skateboard chassis, the pair contributing 395bhp and 513lb ft to give the car 0-60mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds.

 

What’s it like?

For a while I watch others drive, noting the reluctance of this long wheelbase, ultra low-centre of gravity car to roll its body, or slide, or do anything very much except squeal its tyres in extremis and go where it is steered. It does indeed change direction brilliantly – you can see that with the naked eye – helped by the fact that its torque vectoring system can send more than 90% of torque to the rear axle for a proper rear-wheel-drive feel.

I settle in the driver’s seat, noting the quality of the materials, double stitching here, tastefully co-ordinating colours there. The brightwork is of high quality, the switches and two prominent and all-important central rotary knobs very pleasing to touch. The interior feels less radical in detail and colour than what I remember of the concept, but the architecture is very similar.

The upper slopes of the big centre console are largely covered by two large but well integrated screens (satnav and audio above, ventilation controls below) and there’s generous space behind it for equipment plus a convenient hand-sized hatch to access it from the centre. I’m sitting in what are called ‘performance seats’ which, of three seat designs, are most reminiscent of those in the original concept car.

There are three regular trim levels – S, SE and HSE.  We have the optional 22in wheels which engineering manager and I-Pace guru Dave Shaw reckons best show off the handling.

It’s time to drive. There is no noise or auto-style creep, although you can choose the latter from a huge range of driving options if you desire. We glide off the mark like no combustion car ever did, then accelerate to the first obstacle cleanly and strongly. Instantly, the extreme faithfulness of this car to control inputs is clear. This is a tight course, so very soon we’re jinking and accelerating and regen-braking constantly. You can get 0.2g of retardation from simply coming off the accelerator, and another 0.2g from initial use of the brake pedal, so in most situations you hardly need friction braking at all.

The steering wheel feels big for tight manoeuvres like these, but the driving position is perfect: a fairly high wheel, plenty of seat bolstering and under-thigh support, an ideal instrument view, and the response to lock is accurate. Even here, with tyres screeching and the car always turning fast, Shaw’s words about the I-Pace’s torque distribution ensuring “uncorrupted” steering come back to me. The weighting is just right for serious driving, not merely convenient parking, and I’m surprised how little this body rolls. That’s a function of the low-mounted battery, I’m told, and the centralisation of the major masses.

In most derivatives you get conventional steel anti-roll bars (accompanying steel coil springs) to handle things. The low centre of gravity means they need to be as intrusive as many. On air suspension models – which offer three ride heights that vary over 90mm – the quick-acting air suspension units help control roll, too. As for grip, there’s plenty on the airport’s slow, non-slip tarmac, though off throttle the car tightens neatly in bends, especially when its maximum regeneration setting is engaged. This is only a five-minute drive, albeit an action-packed one, but the impressions I take from it are the I-Pace’s accuracy and precision.

 

Should I buy one?

The burning question on the strength of our very short drive is: is the I-Pace a real Jaguar? It certainly feels like one. It’s different, but so most cars will be in future, and it still feels authentic. The refinement seems deeply impressive and given the decor, the seat comfort, the room and the responses I have no trouble feeling I’ve been at the wheel of a proper Jaguar.

It’ll take proper journeys – city commutes by time-poor business drivers and inter-capital dashes by discerning comfort-lovers – that will prove this car, not an engaging but slightly daft exercise like ours that no owner will ever repeat. But so far? Grace, space and pace – I’ve felt them all.

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F-TYPE SVR 575 PERSONALISED GRAPHICS PACK …

March 5, 2018

New Jaguar F-TYPE SVR buyers can now specify a personalisation package for the 200mph all-weather supercar, adding distinctive racing-inspired visual touches at no extra cost.

Special Vehicle Operations’ Jaguar designers led by Director of Design, Ian Callum, and its bespoke vehicle personalisation team, have created a Graphic Pack which adds a compelling dose of visual muscle to the exhilarating all-wheel drive F-TYPE SVR.

Accentuating the F-TYPE SVR’s lift and drag-reducing aerodynamics package of front bumper and splitter, flat underfloor, carbon fibre active rear wing and rear venturi are a contrast grille surround, mirror caps and aero winglets. Bonnet and sill decals with ‘575’ graphics signify the 5.0-litre Supercharged V8’s outstanding 575PS (423kW) power output, with carbon bonnet louvres and side ingots reinforcing the high-performance theme.

The F-TYPE SVR Graphic Pack is available in six unique colourways:

  • Yulong White with Firenze Red accents
  • Santorini Black and Gold
  • Corris Grey and Ultra Blue
  • Caldera Red and Black
  • Ultra-Blue and Corris Grey
  • Indus Silver and Black

All feature lightweight 20-inch forged wheels and colour-matched brake calipers (Red or Black). Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes are available as an option, but feature yellow calipers.

Inside, the Graphic Pack adds illuminated ‘575’ tread plates and a commissioning plaque that’s only fitted to cars specified with the Graphic Pack.

Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, said: “The F-TYPE SVR is one of the most dynamic, dramatic and fastest road cars ever created by Jaguar. The Graphic Pack perfectly complements its sporting character with a touch of heritage.”

Developed by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division, the F-TYPE SVR is designed to be the fastest and most powerful F-TYPE, while remaining usable day-to-day. The 200mph all-weather supercar will accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds, yet rewards drivers with surefooted handling, crisp steering and powerful braking.

F-TYPE SVR’s chassis features uprated dampers and anti-roll bars, stiffer rear suspension knuckles, and wider tyres – 265/35 R20 and 305/30 R20 – giving it a distinctive character with finely honed responses. The 575PS Supercharged V8 emits a purposeful and harder edged sound through a lightweight titanium and Inconel exhaust system.

Pricing for the 2019 Jaguar F-TYPE SVR begins at $295 950 + ORC in Australia. Configure your F-TYPE SVR at www.jaguar.com.au. The SVR Graphic Pack is available for a limited time to Australian customers as a no-cost option.

.A Jaguar F-TYPE SVR with Graphic Pack will be on display at the Geneva International Motor Show from 6-18 March 2018.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR IN MEXICO – THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP …

March 5, 2018

Panasonic Jaguar Racing returned to Mexico City and achieved their highest ever Formula E points haul to move to third in the team standings. The successful race concludes a historic week for Jaguar following the launch of the new all-electric Jaguar I-PACE.

 Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr showcased his consistency and race craft with another strong performance. The team made a strategic decision to keep him out on track for one more lap compared to the rest of the field, giving Nelson more usable energy for the second half of the race. Nelson battled it out for a podium finish with Sebastian Buemi but settled for fourth and more valuable points.

 Mitch Evans started in 12th position, and after a strong start in his Jaguar I-TYPE 2 the Kiwi driver rapidly moved into the top ten. A quick pit-stop put him in front of his team-mate but Nelson was able to safely overtake with more energy available and Mitch then had a clean run to the end finishing in sixth.

 The British team’s performance in Mexico City demonstrates a fast, consistent and reliable performance in their second season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championships. Panasonic Jaguar Racing move to third place in the team standings with 74 points. Both drivers have held their positions in the driver’s championship with Nelson in fifth and Mitch in seventh place.

James Barclay, Team Director Panasonic Jaguar Racing: “It’s a strong result for the team, the best ever points finish for Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Great progress was made by both drivers, demonstrating the speed of the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 and team this season. To come away from Mexico sitting in third position in the team’s championship, it is clear that we have made huge steps forward and a podium will come soon. We only have a short break before we get back on track in Uruguay and we will renew our focus pushing forward and securing more points.”

Nelson Piquet Jr, #3: It was a solid race. Depending on the drivers around you, it’s important to make a decision about whether to risk overtaking or conserve energy. A better starting position would have given us a podium, so this will be the aim for Punta del Este in a few days time. I believe the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 is the most consistent car on the track and hopefully soon we will be the quickest as we move towards a top three finish.”

 Mitch Evans, #20: “It was a good race for us. I started 12th and finished sixth so I’m definitely happy with that. It was a tough qualifying so I am excited to get another double points finish here in Mexico. The crowd in Mexico City was even bigger than last year and it was a great atmosphere to race in. I’m leaving now for the Geneva Motor Show and the debut of the Jaguar I-PACE before flying out to Punta.  I’m really looking forward to my first visit and racing again so soon.

On Saturday 17 March Panasonic Jaguar Racing will race in Punta del Este for the sixth E-Prix of the ABB FIA Formula E Championships.

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I-PACE ARRIVES – AND THE REVOLUTION BEGINS

March 2, 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – the most radical Jaguar ever created it now with us.

British comedian and actor, Jack Whitehall, self-proclaimed EV enthusiast and TV presenter Jonny Smith and American tech guru iJustine, hosted a special live show as the first I-PACE rolled off the production line in Plant Graz, Austria, one of the world’s most advanced EV production facilities, where the car will be built.

When it came to explaining the technology behind I-PACE, host comedian Jack Whitehall enlisted the help of Jaguar’s newest vehicle experts, nine year olds Lola and Hudson. Watch it here

Ahead of this weekend’s FIA Formula E race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez E-Prix circuit in Mexico City, the Jaguar I-PACE was pitted against both the Tesla Model X 75D and 100D in a 0mph-60mph-0mph head-to-head challenge. Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans got behind the wheel to showcase the acceleration and braking power of Jaguar’s first EV against the Tesla models, driven by former IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan.

The I-PACE has a state-of-the-art 90kWh Lithium-ion battery and offers sports car performance of 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds alongside the practicality of a 480km range (WLTP cycle) and 0-80 per cent charging time of 40 minutes (100kW DC). Allied with its concept car looks and next-generation artificial intelligence, it is set to be the perfect everyday EV consumers have been waiting for.

Fully Charged’ the documentary aired at the end of the broadcast, giving a behind-the-scenes insight into the creators and makers of I-PACE. Watch it here

Designed and engineered in the UK, the I-PACE will be built in Plant Graz, Austria, as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing partnership with Magna Steyr. It joins Jaguar’s growing family of SUVs, alongside the all-new E-PACE and multiple award-winning F-PACE.

I-PACE receives its public debut at Geneva Motor Show on 6th March.

I-PACE is now available to order and in Australia it is priced from $119,000 + ORC (I-PACE S). In addition to S, SE and HSE derivatives, there will also be a limited number of First Edition I-PACE models available. 

The full revelation is the highlight feature of our coming edition.

 

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E-PACE ACHIEVES 5-STAR ANCAP SAFETY RATING

February 26, 2018

All variants of the new Jaguar E-PACE have achieved an industry-recognised 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

Jaguar’s first compact SUV has been tested to provide the highest standard of safety, with high scores of 86% for adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupant protection and 77% for pedestrian protection.

The E-PACE performed well in the side and frontal test for both adult and child occupants. In the pedestrian tests, E-PACE scored highly, particularly for the protection of a pedestrian’s head in the event of a collision.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is Australasia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate. ANCAP recommends 5 star rated cars.

“The Jaguar E-PACE scored well across all assessment areas and features a ‘pop-up’ bonnet and external airbag to improve head protection for struck pedestrians,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, Mr James Goodwin.

E-PACE features a comprehensive suite of standard safety systems, including Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. The advanced technology is able to detect a collision risk with cars or pedestrians in the road ahead and automatically apply the brakes.

In safety assist tests, E-PACE performed well with a score of 72%. The Autonomous Emergency Braking system demonstrated its high reliability when tested at highway speeds of 80km/h.

Jaguar Land Rover Australia Managing Director, Matthew Wiesner, said: “Safety is one of our core customer principles and so we’re thrilled that the Jaguar E-PACE has been recognised by ANCAP for its five-star safety credentials. The all-new Jaguar E-PACE compact SUV will bring many new customers to the Jaguar brand in Australia, particularly young families, so safety is an absolute priority.”

By pairing advanced crash protection with active safety systems, E-PACE helps prevent accidents while providing superior passenger safety in the event of a collision.

Advanced driver assistance systems available on the Jaguar E-PACE include:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection: provides an audible forward collision warning and should the driver not take action, applies the brakes to help reduce the severity of a collision or prevent it
  • Matrix-Laser LED headlights: use Intelligent High Beam Assist (IHBA) and Adaptive Front Lighting (AFL) to split the main beam into imperceptible vertical strips that maximise the light around oncoming traffic while casting a shadow in front of oncoming vehicles to prevent dazzling
  • Lane Keep Assist: detects unintentional lane drift and applies corrective counter-steering to maintain lane position
  • Driver Condition Monitor: senses driver fatigue by monitoring steering, brake and accelerator inputs to provide alerts when tiredness is detected
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist: automatically reduces speed should the vehicle ahead slow down and, once the road ahead is clear, will resume its pre-set speed
  • Pedestrian Airbag: deploys an exterior airbag in the event of a collision to protect pedestrians and cyclists from contact with the bonnet and windscreen
  • Reverse Traffic Monitor: warns the driver of vehicles, pedestrians or other hazards approaching from either side of the vehicle, providing audio and visual alerts
  • Blind Spot Assist: alerts the driver to vehicles in, or fast approaching, the blind spot with a flashing warning light and will guide the car safely away if the vehicle begins to change lanes

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WATCH JAGUAR LAUNCH THE I-PACE – LIVE VIEW FRIDAY

February 26, 2018

Jaguar will livestream the global premiere of its first electric vehicle (EV), the I-PACE, at 05:00 AEDT Friday 2nd March (19:00 CET on Thursday 1 March).

Thousands of prospective customers have already pressed the ‘I want one’ button to register their interest in the hotly anticipated electric performance SUV, and Jaguar is responding by throwing the doors to its live-reveal wide open by hosting an online broadcast on its social channels.

Full pricing and specifications will be announced and order books opened for full configurations immediately following the reveal.

The I-PACE is Jaguar’s newest member of the PACE family and is the EV drivers have been waiting for, delivering sustainable sports car performance, all-wheel-drive agility and five-seat SUV practicality.

Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, said:“Since revealing the I-PACE Concept in 2016, we have been counting down to this moment. The all-electric I-PACE is not only a pioneer within our business, it promises to revolutionise the industry. Never before have I been so excited for a launch – the world is watching with great anticipation and I cannot wait for the world to see everything we have achieved with this car.”

The I-PACE will be capable of rapid charging from zero to 80 per cent in 45 minutes* and has been rigorously tested across extremes of terrain and temperatures from -40°C to 40°C.

With over 1.5 million test miles and a further 11,000 hours of rig simulations completed by more than 200 production prototypes, Jaguar’s design and engineering teams have created a world-class all-electric SUV.

The official public debut of I-PACE will be at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March.

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JAGUAR MAGAZINE TOUR 2018 – JOIN US ON A ‘BUCKET LIST’ SPECIAL EVENT

February 25, 2018

A specialised Jaguar dream tour, hosted by our editor, is about to happen.  It will take in everything Jaguar and fun-wise that we can fit into three weeks in Europe and Britain.

From August 21 this year until September 11 we will be hosting our seventh Jaguar Magazine Tour to Europe.  With a limit of just 44 people, we have several places still open.

 

We have made it as reasonably priced as possible, while maintaining good hotels and meals etc., and include airfares, accommodation, entry to most venues and events, all breakfasts, selected main meals, coach travel, transfers including train from Paris to London using the ‘Chunnel’ and a night out in Paris etc.

It is not just for the ‘boys’ and the ladies are catered for.

Will take in exciting places including the Porsche and Mercedes-Benz Museums, champagne cellars in Reims, touring the famous abandoned racing track just out of Reims where countless French GPs were held and where Jaguar scored victories with their C and D-Types.

We will enjoy days of leisure in Paris, before a rail adventure to London where the enormously prestigious Royal Automobile Club (RAC) in Pall Mall will host our group (this is a massive privilege), we will take in the fabulous and spectacular Concours d’Elegance at King Henry VIII’s historic Hampton Court Palace, and tour the Williams F1 team HQ who also prepare Panasonic Jaguar’s Formula E team.

From there we head up to the Midlands, home of Britain’s car industry and home to Jaguar Cars since 1927.

Over three days we will inspect the main Jaguar assembly plant at Castle Bromwich on the outskirts of Birmingham, and tour the new Jaguar Classic Jaguar and Land Rover base also in Coventry.

We will visit the Coventry Museum of Road Transport where many famous factory Jaguars and Daimlers are displayed, and also the British Heritage Motor Museum at Gaydon where the majority of Jaguar’s Heritage Collection cars are stored and displayed.

We also have a number of surprises planned, and the chance for a night out in Stratford-On-Avon with all that offers, including a tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace.

 

From there we go to the world’s first permanent motor racing circuit, the evocative Brooklands, home of aviation and motor racing pre-WW2.

Then there are three days of the world-renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed with all sorts of options.  We will be based in Southampton while there, and that is close to the renowned Beaulieu Place and Motor Museum in the New Forest.

We will have a farewell dinner in London – and if you wish – you can stay on after completion of the Tour to do your own thing.

We are catering for Jaguar owners or enthusiast from anywhere in the world, and as mentioned, places are limited.  We are taking deposits now.

If you want to know more contact Jenny Ryan, Sporting Groups Travel Manager, Flight Centre Sports and Events.  Phone her on 1300 220 293 or e-mail  jenny.ryan@flightcentre.com.au

For a specialised trip like this one, people such as those at Jaguar open doors and go the extra mile – something that just doesn’t happen on your own.

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LISTER STORM CONCEPT – WITH 8 LITRE V12 JAGUAR ENGINE!!!

February 24, 2018

The Lister Motor Company was revived back in 2014, and since then the British company’s boss, Lawrence Whittaker, has made no secret of his desire to see the company produce a hypercar capable of taking on the likes of McLaren, Pagani and Koenigsegg. It now appears those plans may finally be coming to fruition after the automaker’s CEO revealed a sketch of a sleek two-door sports car, accompanied on social media by the words: “A glimpse into the future of Lister… the Storm II.”

Lister resumed vehicle production in the last few years with a track-only recreation of its most iconic creation, the Lister Jaguar “Knobbly” D-Type. That was followed by the Thunder, which is a road-legal 208mph sports car based on the current Jaguar F-Type. Both of those models attracted strong early interest, and that seems to have bolstered the company’s confidence about what it can achieve in the future.

 UK motoring publication Autocar has reported in the past about the willingness and eagerness of the company’s CEO to develop the company’s own all-new Lister model. Lister has already looked for investors to help with the development of such a car, which it’s believed could utilise a Jaguar-derived 7.8-litre V12 engine producing somewhere in the region of 1,000 bhp.

The original Storm was in production during the mid-1990s by a previous incarnation of the Lister Motor Company. Under the bonnet of that one was a 7.0-litre V-12 Jaguar engine that meant it was regarded at the time as the fastest four-seat GT available.

To be considered in the same class as the models Lister wants to rival with the new car, the Storm II would need to deliver a zero-to-60mph time of less than three seconds, and a top speed heading towards the 250mph mark. Both road-going and track-only variants would be offered, although production of both is likely to be extremely limited, to say the least. That could mean as few as six cars produced each year by the company, although that’s probably only to be expected as prices are likely to be in the region of £2 million each.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR – SEASON MOVES TO MEXICO

February 24, 2018

Panasonic Jaguar Racing are ready to continue their fight for points in the fifth E-Prix of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Mexico City.

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit is 2,500m above sea level placing greater physical exertion on the drivers and provides a new environment to test the key components of the Jaguar I-TYPE 2. Panasonic Jaguar Racing have shown significant improvement this season and hope to follow-up on their double point-scoring finish in the previous round in Santiago.

Last season Mitch Evans took fourth place in a dramatic Mexico City E-Prix – the Jaguar team’s best result of season three. This season at least one driver has consistently finished in the points and the British team have risen to fourth in the team standings. The team are hopeful that they can deliver another points finish at the only permanent racetrack in the series.

Mitch Evans, #20: “Mexico last year was a fantastic moment for the team. It was the first and only race both drivers finished in the points. So far this season we have made huge improvements on our race strategy and the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 has proved it is a fast race car. Santiago was one of my best performances in Formula E to start in last place and finish seventh was amazing. I’m hoping we can build on that in Mexico City and bring home more points.”

Nelson Piquet Jr, #3:In the last four races we’ve been consistently scoring points on a variety of tracks, both traditional street circuits like in Santiago and semi-street like Marrakesh, so we are hoping we will perform just as well on the traditional circuit in Mexico. Our Jaguar racecars have speed and with every race we get closer and closer to the front of the field. We will push again in Mexico and keep learning and improving as we compete for vital championship points.”

Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s continued success on track has run in parallel with the development of the all new Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first all-electric performance SUV, which will be launched on 1 March while the race team are in Mexico City.

James Barclay, Team Director, Panasonic Jaguar Racing: “The launch of the new Jaguar I-PACE is a very exciting moment for Jaguar Land Rover and a proud time for our race team. Jaguar joined Formula E as the first premium manufacturer to accelerate our learnings and develop innovative technologies faster and more efficiently than ever before. Electric street racing solidifies our Race to Innovate mission, and marks a new chapter in our move towards electrification. Mexico City was our best race in our first season and we look forward to another strong performance from the team.”

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