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JAGUAR LAND ROVER TRIAL PLASTIC RECYCLING

July 19, 2019

 Jaguar Land Rover is trialling an innovative recycling process which converts plastic waste into a new premium grade material that could feature on future vehicles.

It’s estimated that the amount of waste plastic is predicted to exceed 12 million tonnes globally by 2050*. Today, not all of this plastic can be recycled for use in automotive applications – especially in vehicle parts that are required to meet the most exacting safety and quality standards.

Working in conjunction with chemical company, BASF, Jaguar Land Rover is part of a pilot project called ChemCycling that upcycles domestic waste plastic, otherwise destined for landfill or incinerators, into a new high-quality material.

The waste plastic is transformed to pyrolysis oil using a thermochemical process. This secondary raw material is then fed into BASF’s production chain as a replacement for fossil resources; ultimately producing a new premium grade that replicates the high quality and performance of ‘virgin’ plastics. Importantly, it can be tempered and coloured making it the ideal sustainable solution for designing the next-generation dashboards and exterior-surfaces in Jaguar and Land Rover models.

Jaguar Land Rover and BASF are currently testing the pilot phase material in a Jaguar I-PACE prototype front-end carrier overmoulding to verify it meets the same stringent safety requirements of the existing original part.

Pending the outcome of the trials and progression in taking chemical recycling to market readiness, adoption of the new premium material would mean Jaguar Land Rover could use domestically derived recycled plastic content throughout its cars without any compromise to quality or safety performance

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IAN CALLUM STARTING HIS OWN COMPANY – WITH A FOCUS ON JAGUAR – FROM CAR AND DRIVER

July 18, 2019

Jaguar’s recently departed design director, Ian Callum, was never destined for a quiet retirement or life on a golf course. Now we know why he left his coveted role at the British luxury brand: to start his own consultancy, one that will be offering design and engineering to help create limited-run products, not all of which will be cars.

Callum’s career has more highlights than practically any other. As Aston Martin’s chief designer, he was responsible for the DB7, the original Vanquish, and most of the work on the DB9 and the previous-generation Vantage, although he had left the company before they were launched. He went from there to Jaguar, leading design for 20 years and with a portfolio that ran from the original XK to the I-Pace. The first question when Car and Driver spoke to him about his new company, which will be named Callum, was why he chose to leave the security of his old job for the risk of the new one. 

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Callum logo. Nick Dimbleby

“I’ve always had the ambition to work for myself,” Callum said, “to come in to work in the morning and do what I want, not do what somebody else wants . . . I’ve been hugely fortunate in my career, but this was something I felt it was the right time to do.”Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Callum’s relationship with Jaguar isn’t over—he still has a contract as a brand ambassador—but he insisted he doesn’t mind that cars he has led most of the work on will be shown by and maybe even credited to somebody else.

“There are some cars coming I feel very close to, like the next XJ,” he said. “There are a couple of facelifts next year, which are already done, and something after that I still can’t talk about. But it is [replacement design director] Julian Thomson’s domain now, and that’s how it should be. There’s always an overlap.

“Julian is gracious enough. He’s never going to stand there and claim all the credit, and I’m not precious about these things. I know who did it, and those who need to know know as well.”

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Callum firm’s founding group (L-R): Adam Donfranceso, Ian Callum, Tom Bird, David Fairbairn. Nick Dimbleby

This new Callum firm is more than just Callum’s personal project. The company is launching with a staff of 18, including project director David Fairbairn, who previously did much of the work to bring the lightweight Jaguar E-type re-creation to market. While the company will be drawing from some of the founder’s back catalog as a source of projects, Callum insisted these won’t be its sole focus.

However: “I’d like to take some of the cars I’ve designed and maybe redo them a little bit,” Callum admitted. “It’s a good starting point because I think I’ve got the right to take those cars and do something with them, whether they are Astons or Jaguars. But ultimately I want to do something more than that—to work on forward-looking projects. I don’t want to be seen as just a chop shop.”

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OUR NEWEST MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED NOW

July 15, 2019

Jaguar Magazine edition #198 is now out and about.

We have a strong mixture of stories ranging from historic to ultra modern including many totally exclusive to Jaguar Magazine.

Take our lapping of the historic and demanding Lakeside circuit in Jaguar’s most power saloon ever built – the almost 600 bhp XE Project 8. That was a huge scoop and an honour, and some of our images capture the car with our editor on board at full pace.

Of course, we pay our tribute to the legendary Norman Dewis, a man whose like will not emerge again in this era of specialists. We do the same for other Jaguar key figures Jim Randle, Jim Percival and former Jaguar F1 boss Niki Lauda.

Then we have the never-known story on Jack Bryson, Australia’s first and biggest Jaguar distributor who Sir William Lyons said was the most entrepreneurial man he ever did business with.

He also saved Jaguar from extinction in 1964!!!

We trace what is the incredible tale of an illegitimate birth outside Australia, his name which was not Jack Bryson and a virtual adoption. Yet he ended his life as one of the richest men in Australia – then who lost all of his family members except his eldest son, in tragic circumstances before he died aged 69.

And that is nothing compared to the rest of his life!

We also reveal that TWR built new copies of many of its Silk Cut, Castrol and Bud Light V12 Jaguars and sold them to unsuspecting people as the genuine original racing car!

We show that in detail, how it was achieved and even reveal the chassis numbers of the faked cars – using TWR records!

Think a 2.0 litre F-Type might just be a bit tame and boring? We wondered that too, but came away enormously impressed by the Coupe’s speed, race-inspired handling – and exhaust noise. It makes incredible value for money.

How about finding the wife, and children of the late-Jock Lawrence, Ecurie Ecosse’s D-Type second placed driver at Le Mans in 1957 in Auckland? It’s true. Jock and his new wife moved there in the very early 60s, and Jock remained with them until shortly before he died.

We have lots of images and the story from his wife and friends.

… and that truly is just the start of what is in our latest edition.

We sell our magazine globally, but outside of Australia and New Zealand you you need to subscribe because it is not financially viable to sell in shops elsewhere. We would love to have you as part of our ‘family’.

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DO NOT MISS THIS HISTORICALLY VITALLY IMPORTANT JAGUAR STORY IN OUR NEXT EDITION

July 12, 2019

It is something nobody else has ever recorded, and the most incredible story we may have ever published in our 35 years.

Jack Bryson in Australia saved Jaguar from bankruptcy in 1964, and Sir William Lyons said he was the most entrepreneurial man he ever did business with.

Australia was Jaguar’s largest market until the very late 1940s thanks to Jack Bryson – but in actual fact his own amazing life and life story beats all of that.

We have researched it hugely with the assistance of his eldest son John, and it keeps on showing up the most astounding connections you could imagine.

Indeed, it is so amazing it could not be made into a movie – nobody would believe it was true!!!

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NEW XJ WILL BE ELECTRIC AND BUILT AT CASTLE BROMWICH

July 5, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover today revealed plans to manufacture a range of new electrified vehicles at its manufacturing plant in Castle Bromwich, UK. The announcement is the next significant step in delivering on the company’s commitment to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The future of mobility is electric and, as a visionary British company, we are committed to making our next generation of zero-emission vehicles in the UK.

“We are co-locating our electric vehicle manufacture, Electronic Drive Units and battery assembly to create a powerhouse of electrification in the Midlands.”

The first new electric car to be produced at the plant will be Jaguar’s flagship luxury saloon, the XJ. The choice of business leaders, celebrities, politicians and royalty for over five decades and through eight generations of production, the XJ is designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK and has been exported to more than 120 countries.

The news was confirmed to workers at Castle Bromwich as production of the current XJ came to an end. Credited with pioneering a range of industry-first innovations during its 50 years of production, the new XJ will build on the characteristics synonymous with its predecessors – beautiful design, intelligent performance and revered luxury.

The new all-electric model will be created by the same expert team of designers and product development specialists responsible for delivering the world’s first premium electric SUV, and 2019 World Car of the Year, the Jaguar I-PACE.

Today’s announcement, which safeguards several thousand jobs in the UK, is the next stage in execution of Jaguar Land Rover’s electrification strategy. In January the company confirmed plans to bring battery and Electric Drive Unit (EDU) assembly to the Midlands with investment in new and existing facilities. These investments have been anticipated in the company’s previously communicated capital investment plans.

The new Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall, operational in 2020, will be the most innovative and technologically advanced in the UK with an installed capacity of 150,000 units. Together with the Wolverhampton Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC), home of Jaguar Land Rover’s global EDU production, these facilities will power the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover models.

The extensive transformation of Castle Bromwich to become the UK’s first premium electrified vehicle plant will be the most significant in the plant’s history. Later this month, work will begin to commence the installation of all-new facilities and technologies required to support Jaguar Land Rover’s next-generation Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). Designed and engineered in-house, MLA enables flexible production of clean efficient diesel and petrol vehicles alongside full electric and hybrid models.

The expansion of Jaguar Land Rover’s electrified vehicle line up will see customers offered a greater choice of vehicles to suit their lifestyles. However increased consumer take-up remains a challenge.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Convenience and affordability are the two key enablers to drive the uptake of electric vehicles to the levels that we all need. Charging should be as easy as re-fuelling a conventional vehicle.

“Affordability will only be achieved if we make batteries here in the UK, close to vehicle production, to avoid the cost and safety risk of importing from abroad. The UK has the raw materials, scientific research in our universities and an existing supplier base to put the UK at the leading edge of mobility and job creation.”

As Jaguar Land Rover today makes its commitment to electric car manufacturing in the UK, it calls on government and industry to work together to bring giga-scale battery production to the country. This builds on the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and the government’s Faraday Challenge, essential for next generation battery technology to create smaller, denser, cheaper batteries. These critical steps will also support and grow the existing supply chain, making the UK less dependent on essential materials sourced abroad today.

Together, these initiatives enable battery production and demand for automotive companies, to attract future giga-scale factories to the UK.

More detail in our next edition as Jaguar leads the car world into a new electrified world. 

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QUESTION – WOULD YOU LIKE TO BUY JAGUAR MAGAZINE INDIVIDUALLY?

July 5, 2019

It is something I have been mulling over for some time, but think the answer might lie with you.

It is sheerly not viable economically to put our Jaguar Magazine into shops all over the globe, and the biggest expense for us getting it to you otherwise is the postage. There seems no way we can avoid this, so I wondered if we should sell it on a single issue basis to either try before you buy a yearly subscription, or if a story or stories in a particular edition takes your fancy.

I would love to know your thoughts. Please feel to respond either here, or email me at info@jaguarmagazine.com and I will personally look at any and every message.

I passionately want more Jaguar fans to know and read our now 35 year-established publication, and this may be something which appeals?

We can set up our website to shop for that if it is what you would like.

Les.

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LISTER’S NEWEST JAGUAR SUPERCAR

July 3, 2019

The Lister Motor Company has unveiled the first example of its new Lister LFT-C at their Lancashire Headquarters. Carrying chassis number 01, it is the first of just 10 cars to be built for the global market and continues a bloodline of limited-edition supercars to carry the Lister badge.

The Lister LFT-666 coupe, launched in 2018 with production limited to just 99 vehicles, has been universally well received with new cars being delivered around the globe. Requests for an open-top LFT-666 created the concept for the LFT-C, a car giving true supercar performance with the excitement and exhilaration of a convertible, and yet retaining the core Lister DNA of performance and driving precision.

Producing 666bhp from a Lister-tuned and supercharged V8 engine, the Lister LFT-C becomes the most powerful open-top Lister ever built, offering a top speed in excess of 205 mph and a 0-62 mph time of just over three seconds. Taking the fastest open top Lister title from the celebrated Le Mans supercar, the LFT-C is also set to become an instant modern classic with low production volumes, immense pace and stunning looks.

Each Lister LFT-C is manufactured with bespoke Lister carbon-fibre body panels, designed and manufactured in the UK, to give the F-Type increased visual presence and a more aerodynamic profile. These unique additions comprise a new front bumper, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear lip spoiler, rear extended wheel arches and a new grille design with the improved aerodynamic qualities of each aiding the LFT-C to reach speeds in excess of 200mph.

To give the dynamic elements drivers expect from a road-going Lister, the LFT-C uses the same bespoke wheels, exhaust, suspension and braking system as featured on the LFT-666, extensively tuned to suit the characteristics of an open-top supercar. The result is a car that can be enjoyed on both road and track without compromising road comfort or track performance.

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CASTLE BROMWICH PLANT TO BE REMODELLED FOR ELECTRIC CAR BUILDING

July 1, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover will commit to investing hundreds of millions of pounds to prepare its Castle Bromwich plant to build electric cars, ahead of a wave of new battery models it hopes to make in the UK.

The carmaker has scheduled a six-week shutdown at the site to install a new range of tooling that will allow it to make battery cars. The replacement for the XJ, the flagship Jaguar saloon used by several government ministers including business secretary Greg Clark, is expected to be fully electric and made at the site. An announcement about the electric investment in expected on Friday, and was first reported by the Sunday Times. It is a boon for Britain’s largest carmaker, which is cutting 4,500 jobs amid a £2.5bn turnround plan, and helps secure the Castle Bromwich Jaguar plant, which has laid off staff and moved to a four-day week amid crumbling demand for the saloon models made at the site.

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To survive in the coming decades, Britain’s car facilities will need to pivot to electric, something made more challenging by the lack of a UK battery plant. Nissan already manufactures the electric Leaf car in Sunderland, while BMW will assemble the electric Mini in Oxford, albeit using imported German batteries.

But the Jaguar I-Pace, the brand’s first electric car that has accrued a number of awards including World Car of the Year, is made in Austria by contract manufacturer Magna Steyr, in part because of the lack of a suitable UK supply chain. The extent of government support for the Jaguar project is not yet known, although typically around 10 per cent of a venture’s cost is support by taxpayer funds. When Toyota spent £240m at its Burnaston plant for new tooling, it was supported by a government investment of £21m. Peugeot’s £100m investment in its Luton van site included £9m of government support. JLR has previously stated it wants to make electric cars in the UK, but complained about a lack of supply chain. It recently opened an electric drive facility in Hams Hall, and makes some hybrid engines at its Wolverhampton engine plant.

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ICONIC JAGUARS WHICH HAVE BEEN AND – MOSTLY – GONE. A SHORT SERIES

June 27, 2019
OKV1 on the right prior to the start of Le Mans in 1954

Perhaps some of the cars in this little series of posts I am going to put up were not as appreciated as much as they should have been when they were in Australia, but this first one is revered.

Sadly, there are no genuine C or D-Types left in Australia despite the very many which were in that country. Restrictive import regulations and costs are such that even collectors cars can generally stay no longer than twelve months, so weep for Australian devotees when you see each of these cars.

The first one we are featuring is the most famous.

It is D-Type OKV1, or XKC402, the first D-Type built after the prototype and the lead car at the D-Type’s debut race, Le Mans 1954.

It finished second there by around just 100 seconds, and its first private owner was one of its drivers at Le Mans, Duncan Hamilton. He raced it, and next sold it to Sydney resident Brit, John ‘Jumbo’ Goddard, who converted it into his road car, and it seems probable his job convinced Jaguar to produce the XK-SS.

Jumbo bought the car to Sydney and kept it at his Palm Beach home. It was not treated like a prima donna. He drove it regularly to Melbourne, and to a Jaguar Rally at Griffith with his wife Kate in 1974.

Jumbo and Kate Goddard in OKV1 at Griffith in 1974

Sadly, when Jumbo died in 1983 the car was sold soon after and flown back to the UK where it remains to this day. For many years it was a star exhibit at the National Motor Museum (Beaulieu).

However, it made a big impression in Australia and is still much loved there. Thanks Jumbo.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR ON THE PODIUM AND 8TH IN SWITZERLAND

June 23, 2019


Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans finished second in the Swiss E-Prix in Bern to achieve his second ABB FIA Formula E podium. The Kiwi fought a race-long battle with Jean-Eric Verge and a last-minute rain shower to power him to fourth in the driver standings. Mathematically he still has a chance to win the Formula E title at the season five finale in New York next month.DOWNLOAD  

  • Mitch Evans secured his second podium of the season, finishing in second place after race-long battle with Jean-Eric Vergne 
  • Alex Lynn achieved his second points for the team, finishing in P7
  • Mitch Evans in fourth place in the driver standings ahead of the season five finale in New York next month 

Teammate Alex Lynn secured his best result for Jaguar since joining the team mid-season and brought the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 over the line in seventh.

Another impressive qualifying performance saw both drivers qualify within the top 10. Mitch advanced to Super Pole with the fastest time during group qualifying before taking to the grid in P2. Alex put in a solid performance to line up P10.

An early collision at the first corner saw a large pile up and the race was stopped after just 54 seconds. Mitch restarted in P2 and Alex in P9.

Both drivers pushed hard to attack, but few overtaking opportunities on the narrow street circuit made it difficult to move up the rankings.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team will now prepare for the double-header season finale in New York on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July and aim to finish season five on a high.

“It feels great to be back on the podium for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, but I definitely feel I had the pace today to take the top step. The Jaguar I-TYPE 3 felt extremely fast and I want to thank everyone in the team for giving me a great racecar. It was harder than I expected to overtake here. I was hoping I’d be able to move on Jean-Eric Vergne under Attack Mode, but that didn’t materialise, he was defending well. There was no time loss to activate Attack Mode, which I think saved him today. When the rain came down, it was really difficult, so I was happy to take P2. There is a big points gap to Jean-Eric in the standings but anything is possible in New York and I will be fully focused on taking every opportunity.”

MITCH EVANS
PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING DRIVER, #20

“Overall it was a great day for the team; Mitch on the podium in P2 and my best result for the team in P7. The upward trend continues for us as a team in this second half of the season, which is really exciting. We continued our points-run, so we will take this momentum with us to the season finale. For New York, we just need to keep working hard and hopefully we can finish on a high.”

ALEX LYNN
PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING DRIVER, #3

“To achieve our second podium for Panasonic Jaguar Racing is a great achievement – it is testament to the hard work of the whole team and I’m incredibly proud. We did very well today on a difficult racetrack – tight corners, a challenging circuit making it very difficult to overtake. It was a terrific drive from both drivers – Mitch pushed Vergne for the whole race and Alex made up three places, but there were very few chances today. We know the pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 3, so it’s great to finally put all the pieces together and convert that back into good championship points. We will take that energy with us all the way to New York. Mitch is in third place and there is everything to work hard for!”

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