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JAGUAR LAND ROVER ACQUIRES FORD’S SUPERCHARGED V8 TOOLING

August 27, 2020

Supercharged Ford V8’s future secured as production moves to JLR plant

Flagship Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) SUVs, limos and sports cars will continue to be powered by supercharged petrol V8s despite Ford closing the factory that makes them.

Following Ford’s decision to shutter up its Bridgend plant in Wales later next month production of the current 5.0-litre V8 will be taken in-house to JLR’s plant in Wolverhampton.

Doubts over the future of the ‘AJ’ V8, that can trace its roots back to the naturally-aspirated V8 introduced on Jaguars back in 1997, sparked rumours that it was about to be dropped for the BMW N63 twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 but now it has emerged that the production line and equipment, and some of the Ford workforce, will transfer over to the JLR plant.

Confirming the V8 will live on, JLR issued a statement that said: “Manufacture of the JLR-designed V8 petrol engines previously made at Bridgend will move to the JLR Engine Manufacturing Centre, with further detail to be confirmed at a later date.”

To aid the transition, Ford is thought to have built-up a surplus of V8s to sustain JLR while it transfers over the production equipment.Related Articles

According to sources, speaking with Autocar, the V8 will remain in production for between three to five years and will be phased out once the stringent EU7 emission regulations are introduced.

It’s only then, say insiders, JLR will re-engineer its vehicles for the BMW V8 as part of a wide-reaching powertrain ensuring the British car-maker will cater for the demand from both the US and the Middle East for powerful petrol V8s.

Despite developing a new family of inline six-cylinder petrols, strong demand for the current XJ V8 was claimed to be the motivating factor for JLR taking the V8 in-house.

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TATA WILL NOT SELL JAGUAR LAND ROVER

August 18, 2020


Tata Motors has insisted it has no intention of selling Jaguar Land Rover, despite a breakdown in talks with the government over taxpayer support.

It said that it “categorically denies and dismisses any such intent” and added that the West Midlands-based carmaker “is and remains a key pillar of Tata Motors and the wider Tata Group”.

The Indian business was responding to speculation about a possible sale after the failure of talks with the UK government about Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Steel — also owned by Tata Group — over a possible bailout.

Jaguar Land Rover had been seeking taxpayer support of up to £2 billion from the Treasury’s Project Birch fund because of the coronavirus pandemic. Project Birch was set up to help businesses seen as structurally important to the UK economy, but the government concluded that the financial strength of Tata meant that it was not appropriate.

In the three months to the end of June, Jaguar Land Rover car sales fell by 42.4 per cent, while shutting plants because of Covid-19 cost it £1.1 billion.

Before the pandemic added to its woes, Britain’s biggest carmaker had been struggling with a fall in sales in China, a trend away from diesel vehicles and uncertainties related to Brexit.

Under Sir Ralf Speth, 64, its chief executive, it has been seeking savings of £2.5 billion, as well as working towards building more electric vehicles, but the pandemic has interrupted those plans. There has been speculation that a merger with a larger manufacturer would make investment in the transition to electric cars more efficient.

However, Tata said: “Unconfirmed and unsubstantiated reports have been published alleging that Tata Motors may sell a stake in Jaguar Land Rover. It is and remains a key pillar of Tata Motors and the wider group.” It said that the carmaker “remains strong as it transitions to new electrified, autonomous and connected technologies”.

Thierry Bolloré, 57, the former boss of Renault, is due to take over as the chief executive in September as Sir Ralf becomes non-executive vice-chairman of the business. Sir Ralf’s pay has risen to £4.44 million during a year in which more than 4,000 workers lost their jobs.

Of its 40,000 workers, more than 30,000 are located in the UK. The business produces more than 500,000 cars a year.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER PURSUES HYDROGEN POWER

August 18, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has begun developing new hydrogen fuel-cell technology for its flagship limousines and large SUVs.

The special research project, working under the ‘Project Zeus’ banner, has been given a deadline to introduce its first fuel-cell powered vehicle in around 2025, reports Autocar.

The first vehicle likely to receive the zero-emission tech rumoured to be the all-new third-generation Range Rover Evoque.

Hydrogen fuel-cells will then be rolled out to larger vehicles that could include both the Jaguar XJ and the flagship full-size Range Rover.

It’s thought hydrogen power, will be introduced alongside the car-maker’s all-new pure-electric tech to give markets like the UK and Norway another option in the void left by the ban of the sale of internal combustion engines.

Countries like UK have already said it will ban the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrids by 2035 while countries like Norway has declared consumers will no longer be able to purchase cars with internal combustion engines from 2025.

In the build up to the full launch of its hydrogen-powered cars, JLR will soon unveil a concept that will be driveable that’s reportedly likely to be Range Rover Evoque-sized.

The main draw of hydrogen power is it offers vehicles a long range and rapid-refuelling that will soon be comparable to filling up a petrol or diesel.

Hydrogen power could also be the fuel of choice for countries that will struggle with implement the charging infrastructure for pure-electric vehicles.

Commenting on Project Zeus, JLR engineering chief Nick Rogers said: “We’re looking for the right propulsion systems – ones that see minimum interference to the environment.

“Hydrogen is an ideal application for the bigger vehicles [in our line-up], because the bigger the car, you get diminishing returns [when using] battery packs. The amount of energy you can store in a battery for a given amount of weight means you’re in a position where you’re making the cars that are so heavy, they’re using [a lot] of energy just to cart that heavy weight about.”

Toyota and Hyundai have both already committed to rolling out more hydrogen-powered vehicles following successful trials with the Mirai and, latterly, the Nexo.

BMW too, has recently announced that it will push its i Hydrogen Next SUV into limited production in 2022 with plans to introduce versions of the X6 and X7 powered by the zero-emission fuel, that only emits water vapour.

The key advantage of hydrogen fuel, particularly for markets like Australia is it can be created by using renewable electricity from wind or solar.

The biggest hurdle at the moment is both the lack of economies of scale and poor infrastructure, plus the high cost of the fuel, as most hydrogen is currently produced using natural gas.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR FOCUSSES ON 2021

August 14, 2020
Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-Type 4

The 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E season six finale was to prove cruel for Panasonic Jaguar Racing and Mitch Evans. Starting round 11 in P23, due to the disadvantage of being in Qualifying Group 1, Mitch scythed through the field with a trademark drive and gained 12 places to finish P11 just outside of the points places.

Team-mate Tom Blomqvist, in only his second race for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, battled valiantly to P17 after a promising qualifying start of P12.

Mitch Evans was in Qualifying Group 1 for each race this season which proved to be the deciding factor in his title bid. Mitch came into the final six races in second place but significant track evolution for those drivers in Group 1 meant that it was not possible to fight to be in the Super Pole session and secure a top six starting position in any of the Berlin races. Evans started outside the top 10 in all the Berlin rounds and despite making up 32 places in the last three races he could only salvage P7 in the drivers’ standings.

Tom Blomqvist (GBR), Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-Type 4

The first half of the season was more positive for Panasonic Jaguar Racing and Mitch which saw the team and Evans secure their second Formula E victory with a dominant win in Mexico City and a podium in Santiago.

Rookie James Calado, who missed out on the final two races of the season due to a WEC clash, was only able to secure two points scoring finishes in Diriyah and Santiago. Reserve driver Tom Blomqvist made an impressive debut by going through to Super Pole on his debut.

Jaguar Racing will be back on track on 16 January 2021 in Santiago, Chile for the first race of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World championship with Mitch Evans and multiple-race winner Sam Bird behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5.

James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director:

“The final race of season six proved to be another challenging one. Mitch did a fantastic job in the race to make up 12 places and nearly find our way into the top 10. It’s quite incredible if you look at our race pace but the gap was just too large to get into the points.

“Unfortunately, we’ve been victim, again, to the qualifying system – as we have been for all six races here in Berlin. It’s very frustrating for the team as we’ve shown we have an incredibly fast racecar. A big thank you to Tom for stepping in at short notice, doing a great job in qualifying and bringing the car home.

“I would like to especially thank all the team, both those here in Berlin and those back in the UK, for a tremendous effort which has not been fully rewarded this time. Hats off to everyone at Formula E and FIA for putting on a great season six finale in Berlin – the organisation and resolve of everyone involved has been exceptional.

“As a team we feel we’ve been disadvantaged here in Berlin but we take away the positives – an incredible win in Mexico City, a Pole position in Santiago and the speed we’ve shown, particularly in Marrakesh.

“All of this would not be possible without our great commercial partners – thank you to everyone at Panasonic, Viessman, Castrol and GKN. Our season seven preparations have already begun and we are more determined than ever to fight for podiums and wins when Mitch and Sam (Bird) get back on track in January 2021 in Santiago, Chile.”

Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Driver #20:

“It was a massive race from P23 up the grid to P11. It was a busy one and I’m pretty tired now. I tried my hardest, we tried our best – that’s all you can do. I would have preferred if these last six races were held in Mexico as that track really suited me and the Jaguar I-TYPE 4! It’s a shame, after coming into Berlin in a promising position, but tomorrow I will put it all behind me. We’ll come back stronger next year and have another crack at it. Thanks everyone for your support this year and see you next season.”

Tom Blomqvist, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Driver #51:

“We qualified P12 which was not too bad. It is super close and super tight round here in Berlin. The race, just like yesterday, was difficult for me, I’m just lacking that race experience in Formula E but all in all it was great to be involved and I had a great time. Huge thanks to Panasonic Jaguar Racing for the opportunity – a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t expecting this, so it was really nice to get back out on the track. It’s been an honour and really enjoyable.”

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KIWI SIMON EVANS WINS THE I-PACE SERIES

August 14, 2020
Simon Evans (NZL), Team Asia New Zealand

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series concluded today in Berlin with Simon Evans being crowned the season two champion. Team Asia New Zealand driver, Evans, kept a cool head to finish P2 ahead of his title rival Sérgio Jimenez who was leading the series until the last race. ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil driver Cacá Bueno won the final round of the ten-race all-electric series with a lights-to-flag victory. He is the brother of Panasonic Jaguar driver Mitch Evans.

Kiwi driver, Evans, has won four races this season and continuous visits to the podium put him one step ahead of his Brazilian rivals. He only had to finish ahead of Sérgio to take the title and he drove his Jaguar I-PACE faultlessly throughout the seven Berlin races at the Tempelhof airfield.

Simon Evans (NZL), Team Asia New Zealand 1st position Mitch Evans (NZL)

First lap dramas saw Jaguar China Racing driver, Nick Foster, try to overtake Jimenez into turn one but the Brazilian closed the door which put the Australian down the order. Alice Powell, in her Jaguar ran racing Team Germany I-PACE, finished just off the podium in P4 to secure fourth in the series. Gregory Segers, the French teenager, finished just behind his team-mate Foster and ahead of Team Yokohama Challenge racer, Takuma Aoki.

PRO-AM challenger, Paul Spooner’s, race was cut short after a coming together with VIP driver Sven Förster which lead to his retirement with a puncture. Adalberto Baptista secured the runners-up spot with a spirited win – the Brazilian’s first of the season.

The world’s first all-electric touring car series bows out after seven electrifying ‘Lockdown Showdown’ races in Berlin. The series has showcased the award-winning Jaguar I-PACE in some of the world’s greatest cities – New York, Monaco, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Paris, Rome and Berlin. It has supported a diverse grid of men and women from all around the world and made history along the way. Jaguar Racing’s journey continues in ABB FIA Formula E as the series receives FIA World Championship status from next season which starts on 16 January 2021 in Santiago, Chile.

“Unreal experience – I’m incredibly proud to be the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY season two champion! The I-PACE came through for me again and it was like a rocket! It’s been a tough nine days, with seven races but it’s been epic at the same time. Thanks to the Giltrap family and Group, Access Group and Wearnes Group, we did it. We rolled with the same set-up, with what we know and it worked, I’m so happy for Team Asia New Zealand. Big thanks to Robin Colgan and the guys in the Asia Pacific office and for putting me in the seat – Giltrap Group, Access Group and Wearnes Group and the opportunity to do this. I’m over the moon!”

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JAGUAR TO CELEBRATE 60 E-TYPE YEARS WITH SIX NEW MATCHED PAIRS

August 12, 2020

Jaguar Classic will create six matched pairs of E-types to celebrate the iconic sports car’s 60th anniversary in 2021: the E-type 60 Collection.

Each pair of E-type 60 Edition cars pay tribute to two of the oldest and most famous Jaguar E-types of all: ‘9600 HP’ and ‘77 RW’, which played pivotal roles in the unveiling of the car at its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland in March 1961.

An Opalescent Gunmetal Grey 3.8-litre Fixed-Head Coupe registered ‘9600 HP’ was one of the first two E-types unveiled to specially-invited guests at the Parc des Eaux Vives. Driven ‘flat out’ to Switzerland from Coventry the night before the launch, public relations manager Bob Berry arrived with minutes to spare for demonstration drives.

With an outstanding reaction to the E-type resulting in overwhelming demand for drives with Berry, legendary Jaguar Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis was told to ‘drop everything’ and drive a British Racing Green 3.8-litre roadster registered ‘77 RW’ overnight from Coventry to Geneva.

Both cars were also used for media road tests, which proved the car’s sensational performance – including its 150mph top speed – matched its jet aircraft-inspired lines honed in a wind tunnel by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.

Every E-type 60 Edition built by the team at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire will be an existing 1960s 3.8-litre E-type fully-restored to exclusive 60th anniversary tribute specification.

Each E-type 60 Collection pair will include one Flat Out Grey ‘9600 HP’ coupe and one Drop Everything Green ‘77 RW’ roadster, with unique paint formulations exclusively reserved for these cars. Each E-type 60 Edition will feature a number of 60th anniversary commemorative design details created in conjunction with Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson.

Synonymous with the revolutionary zeitgeist of the Swinging Sixties, E-types were owned by celebrities including Steve McQueen, Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Tony Curtis and Britt Ekland. And, thanks to the beauty of its sculptural forms, its functionality and its impact on design, an E-type became only the third car to join The Museum of Modern Art’s design collection in 1996.

Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic, said: “The Jaguar E-type is a genuine icon, as sensational today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961. It’s testament to the E-type’s advanced design and engineering that it can still be enjoyed and admired as passionately almost 60 years on. 

“The E-type 60 Collection is a lasting tribute for E-type admirers, honouring the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly restoring, maintaining and future-proofing enjoyment for generations to come.”

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RON FLOCKHART BY HIS BEST MATE, HUGH

August 3, 2020
Ron Flockhart and his co-driver Ivor Bueb relishing their 1957 Jaguar victory at Le Mans.

When we founded this magazine in November 1984 I thought it had a life of perhaps 20 editions before we started to run out of good features.

Thankfully, I was very wrong. The one we are working on now is edition #204 and I am compiling what is one of the most significant and fascinating stories we have ever published.

Thanks to Clive Beecham in London, and owner of the ex-factory and Ecurie Ecosse Long Nose D-Type XKD603, we have been introduced to 98 year old Hugh Langrishe.

Hugh working at Le Mans in 1957

Hugh was Ron Flockhart’s best friend and business partner, and retains a treasure trove of memories and images of his Scottish mate. He was timekeeper for Ecurie Ecosse when it won Le Mans in 1957 and took first and second places

He is sharing those for the first time with us, and both Ron and Hugh had ties to Australia too. Of course, Ron was killed there unfortunately, but Hugh was posted to Australia in 1944 for 12 months as part of his role with the Royal Navy in WW2.

D-Type XKD603 owner Clive Beecham reunited Hugh Langrishe with the car he recorded in 1957.

I am very excited, and can’t wait to put it all down for our readers and also posterity in Jaguar Magazine #204.

After all these years we are still finding new Jaguar history to record and enjoy – and it is truly significant international history in both motor racing terms and aviation.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER NAMES NEW CEO

July 29, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover named former Renault SA head Thierry Bollore its next chief executive officer to help steer the U.K. carmaker out of a prolonged sales slump that has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bollore, 57, will take charge of the manufacturer of luxury sports cars and SUVs when Ralf Speth steps down as CEO in September, JLR said in a statement Tuesday.

The Frenchman is taking the helm as auto demand remains under pressure after the initial easing of Covid-19 related shutdown measures weighed on economies around the world early this year. Unprofitable JLR was already grappling with a sales downturn, uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the European Union, stricter emissions rules impacting its sport utility vehicles, and a dip in exports to China — one of its biggest markets — before the health crisis hit.

A former No. 2 at Renault, Bollore rose to the top job after the arrest of Carlos Ghosn in 2018. He was ousted when tensions with partner Nissan Motor Co. came to a head last October. Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said then that Bollore had to go to revive the relationship with its Japanese peer.

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NEW EDITION #203 IS UPLOADED IN DIGITAL AND AT THE PRINTER

July 27, 2020
XKC037 – Ex-works, John Manussis, Dr Boorman and Frank Gardner.


Like most of us, we hate COVID-19 which has delayed us on this edition too – but it is complete now.

We have uploaded it to Magzter for digital publishing, and it is at our printer now too.

We are happy with it.

Highlights include revealing the true fate of XK120 #1 for the first time ever, Phil Hill finding the grave of an old Jaguar mate in Reims, the amazing restoration of the genuine Ron Hodgson Mk2 racer which was third in two Australian Touring Car Championships and we tell about the XJ13’s visit to Adelaide in 1987 – from it’s Minder.

We road test the E-Pace Checkered Flag limited edition, and dig deep into the full life of ex-works C-Type XKC037 – the car which put Frank Gardner on the road to international fame.

There is much much more too!
It is on Magzter right now.

Enjoy – we all need some good news and light entertainment right now!

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PREPARE FOR A JAGUAR HISTORICAL BOMBSHELL IN EDITION #204

July 21, 2020
XK120 RHD #1 and LHD #1 and #2 on the grid at Silverstone for their first race at Silverstone in 1949. Pic Richard Hassan.

We enlisted the sage advice of friend Richard Hassan for the next edition of Jaguar Magazine. Richard’s father Walter was the main engineer in the creation and development of the XK Jaguar engine, and Richard did many things with his father as a child.

As a result of our time working with Richard he told us something absolutely mind-blowing when it comes to Jaguar’s accepted history and which flies in the face of all perceived acknowledge facts.

There is no doubt about his knowledge, and when we publish this story it will create a bombshell amongst all motoring historians.

It starts in #203, and is totally announced in #204.

It is a sensation.

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