January 5, 2017

Jaguar Formula E Filming Day Thursday 1st September 2016 Mallory Park, England World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT/Jaguar _FER3592.jpg

Panasonic Jaguar is in Las Vegas this week to tto take part in Formula E’s virtual Vegas eRace. The event takes place during the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show and is the biggest eSports event of its kind in history, with a $1m prize pot.
Taking place on 07 January, the event sees all 20 Formula E drivers plus 10 professional gamers go head to head in a series of qualifying rounds, in the same style as conventional Formula E events. Following that, the eRace itself will see the Formula E drivers and gamers compete for the million-dollar prize pool.
The gamers have been chosen by a series of Road to Vegas online elimination rounds. The Formula E teams have now ‘adopted’ a gamer each. Whilst not formally attached to the team, the gamers will be wearing team kit and colours. 
The Vegas event will also feature a Formula E development car demo run down the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Formula E has asked DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird to drive the car during the run.
The regular races recommence in 18 February in Buenos Aires.

IT'S THE E-PACE – Car & Driver

January 5, 2017


What It Is: Having trouble keeping pace with the flood of Jaguar crossovers both real and conceptual using the very similar -Pace naming scheme? Allow us to explain: The camouflaged SUV pictured here is the E-Pace, which will join the larger F-Pace (and the all-electric I-Pace) in Jaguar showrooms next year. As unimaginative as Jaguar’s emerging crossover nomenclature might seem, there is logic behind it. The F-Pace is to the mid-size XF sedan as the E-Pace will be to the smaller XE four-door. (This despite the fact that the F-Pace is nearly nine inches shorter than the XF.)

Why It Matters: Jaguar has made huge strides in expanding its U.S. sales in the past two years, but its volumes are still tiny compared with those of luxury giants such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Part of Jaguar’s sales success is attributable to the presence of all-wheel drive throughout its range, which has attracted more buyers in four-season states. The F-Pace crossover has sold like wildfire, proving how critical crossover sales are becoming to any automaker’s bottom line, and the more affordable E-Pace should only continue the momentum.

Platform: You might expect that the architecture that underpins the XE sedan will be reconfigured to support a taller body for E-Pace duty, but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate. Look closely at this E-Pace prototype’s dash-to-axle ratio (how far forward the front wheels are), and you will see that the hood is too stubby to hide a longitudinally mounted engine. Instead, the E-Pace likely will ride on a variation of the front-drive-based platform that sits beneath Jaguar Land Rover’s Land Rover Discovery Sport (itself derived from the Range Rover Evoque). This should pay dividends for the E-Pace’s interior packaging, which is a weak point in both the larger F-Pace and the XE sedan.

We don’t expect the chassis layout will deter buyers. Most people shopping for compact luxury crossovers aren’t looking for all-out sportiness as much as they are seeking practicality, style, and an elevated seating position. The E-Pace would appear to have style for days, as it’s clear this prototype’s thin layer of camouflage hides some curvaceous sheetmetal. Slender headlights flank a large, squarish grille opening and sit above aggressive air intakes, while the tail features the same jaunty kickup beneath a raked rear window as the F-Pace. Given the aggressive roofline, don’t count on a third-row seat being offered here.

Powertrain: Like the Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque, the E-Pace will use a turbocharged inline-four, likely plucked from JLR’s new Ingenium engine family. A ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission will be standard and help extract the most from whatever engine Jaguar chooses; all-wheel drive, naturally, will be included.

Competition: Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX30, Lexus NX.

Estimated Arrival and Price: Jaguar will reveal the production E-Pace sometime early in 2017 before putting it on sale by year’s end. If the E-Pace’s competition is any indication, its pricing will begin in the low-to-mid-$30,000 range.


January 4, 2017


Jaguar Land Rover today reported November 2016 U.S. sales: Jaguar sales were 3,381 units, a 217 percent increase from 1,065 units in November 2015; Land Rover sales reached 5,659 units, the 2nd highest November ever and down 13 percent from record sales of 6,539 units in November 2015; Jaguar Land Rover November U.S. sales for both brands hit 9,040 units, a 19 percent increase from 7,604 units in November 2015; making it the best ever Jaguar Land Rover November sales month.

“We are proud to report a 19 percent unit sales increase for Jaguar Land Rover for the month, and a 23 percent increase year-to-date. Our wide range of competitive product offerings is met with continued customer interest and demand,” said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, North America, LLC. “We are thrilled that Jaguar continues to track as the fastest growing brand in the U.S. and has achieved a 100 percent increase for the year on the strength of its expanded product line up.”


For the month of November, Jaguar sales were 3,381 units, a 217 percent increase from 1,065 units in November 2015; making it the best Jaguar November sales month since 2003.

The Jaguar XE hit 951 units sold and the F-PACE hit 1,525 units sold, making it the brand’s volume leader for the month.

In the U.S., year to date through November, Jaguar has doubled its volume with sales up 103 percent to 26,949 units sold versus 13,269 in 2015.


January 4, 2017
We now that at least three I-Paces have been ordered by readers on the Queensland Gold Coast, just as Ford announces it will have electric vehicles in 2020 including the Mustang.
JLR has stolen the march on most manufacturers, the new sporty SUV-like car being unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2016.
It’ll go like a Jag
The luxury vehicle company claim that the I-Pace will sprint from 0-62mph in around 4 seconds and the two electric motors together produce 396bhp.
Jaguar have also said that the I-Pace’s electric all-wheel drive will work effectively on all surfaces and in all weather, offering better grip and safety.
Jaguar say that the car will have a range of around 310 miles on one single charge.
The average daily commute is around 30 miles, meaning that motorists would only have to charge the I-Pace once a week.
Charging options for the I-Pace are from of the typical public 50KW DC charging points achieving 80% charge in 90 minutes and a full charge in around two hours.
A 7KW Jaguar home charging point is also an option for customers, but will set you back some more cash.
Jaguar’s new I Pace is a luxury SUV that will likely become the brand’s flagship vehicle after its release. It’s fully electric and can achieve over 300 miles on one single charge and has 400bhp.
Due to the fact there is no bulky combustion engine in the front, there is additional storage space and interior room.
Comparable to mid-sized coupe-like SUVs in its class, it’ll be more spacious inside, increasing its overall practicality.
The placement of the battery pack is under the cabin and the motors are attached to the front and rear-axles, which is why we’ll see increased depth inside.
This placement also helps with aerodynamics as it creates a longer wheelbase with shorter overhangs, giving it a more sporty look.
It’s typical Jaguar inside
The luxury British car brand have kept the interior typically flash, in keeping with the brand whilst adopting some more forward-thinking features.
Inside you’ll get slimline leather seats that are set lower than in a conventional SUV and more akin to a sports car, high-quality neutral-coloured materials (such as aluminium, Alcantara and dark, unvarnished open-pore walnut veneers), and a centre console framed by two metal struts that also eliminate the need for a traditional gear lever and allow the driver to select the correct gear using integrated buttons.
It’s futuristic
A 12-inch touchscreen replaces the traditional instrument panel and another 5.5-inch touchscreen paired with rotary dials for infotainment and climate control.
There’s minimal switchgear, as we currently know it, with just a few buttons to go with the dials and screens.
There’s also a wi-fi hotspot and the now-usual connectivity and ability to use onboard and smartphone apps.
It should still handle well
Engineers at Jaguar have focused on giving the car a low centre of gravity with the I-Pace sitting 120mm lower than the flagship F-Pace.
The battery placement and chassis design also help to distribute weight properly and keep the ride firm.
Jaguar I Pace 2018PH
The I-Pace achieves 0-62mph in around four seconds
Jaguar mean business with the I-Pace
Jaguar expect the I-Pace to become central to the brand and be more significant than the F-Pace, F-Type and XJ.
It’s quite easy to see why too. The SUV/crossover market is the fastest-growing in the UK and customers are likely to be allured by the all-electric car.
Additionally it’s sporty, good-looking and economical that doesn’t seem to compromise much.


January 4, 2017
Jaguar Land Rover’s new electric car has sparked a race to produce the develop the batteries that will power it – and Coventry is in the lead.
JLR bosses have publicly expressed their desire to build the I-Pace cars in the city, but that can only happen if the battery supply chain is in place.
Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), based at Warwick University, has been working hard to ensure Coventry continues to lead the pack in the charge to develop batteries for Jaguar, and other firm’s, electric vehicles.
Now WMG has developed a battery it says is 80 per cent better than anything currently being used – potentially giving a range of almost 400 miles.
That’s thanks to the work of the £50million Energy Innovation Centre, also based on the university campus, which already has massive £20m expansion plans despite only opening in March last year.
Prof David Greenwood, who heads up the Advanced Propulsion Systems team at WMG, told the Telegraph vehicle battery technology produced through its ‘Amplifii’ programme was keeping Coventry ahead of international competition to power the next generation of electric vehicles.
He said: “At the moment we’re doing pretty well. We’re winning the race and we want to keep it that way.”
He added: “The batteries we have produced show an 80 per cent improvement in energy density compared to something you would find in a Tesla car today.
“The dimensions would remain about the same as you see today, but there would be about 80 per cent more energy in it. That would almost double the range of the vehicle.”
Prof Greenwood added that the size and weight of electric vehicles, as well as shipping restrictions, would mean cars would likely have to be produced wherever the batteries are made.
He said: “We want to get the manufacturing to the UK. We now have the structures in place to develop the technology and take them to market.
“The batteries weigh hundreds of kilogrammes – between 750 and 800kg in a Tesla car.
“They are also classed as dangerous goods when it comes to shipping, which present further challenges.
“Japan and South Korea are currently the biggest manufacturers of electric vehicle batteries, but there’s competition from China, the USA and Germany too.
“But we’re very well prepared. If you look at the facilities and skills in the area, they are building very quickly.
“Investment is needed to build the infrastructure, skills and secure the necessary land.
“But there’s strong support from the UK government for financing this work here.”


January 3, 2017
I don’t think this image from our archive has been published before either, and it shows Jaguar’s second placed 1954 Le Mans D-Type XKC402 – or – OKV1.
The car is seen at the Paris Motorshow the year after the winning C-Type was there, but this heroic car was part of the the D-Type’s race debut, and but for a few minor issues, would have won with Hamilton and Rolt on board again.
Sadly, while being driven back to Calais from here it was involved in a collision which sent it off the road and damaged the fin and other panels. Unlike the C-Type through, while it wears its Le Mans number, the car has obviously been tarted up after the gruelling race and before being displayed in Paris.
Duncan Hamilton bought and raced it from the end of the 1954 season before selling it to John ‘Jumbo’ Goddard who had him convert it into his road car – and which I believe inspired Jaguar to produce the XK-SS.
It then came to Australia, specifically the northern beaches of Sydney, where Jumbo lived and it remained there until his death in 1983.
It is now back in the UK and is owned by one of the founders of restoration business CMC. It is seen in historic events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
I wonder though if the car wearing the plate OKV1 is a replacement – and the original, with its Jumbo conversions, remains untouched and as it was displayed at Beaulieu for many years? I hope so and would be in favour of that.


January 2, 2017
For those of you who might have been trying to subscribe or visit our site for the latest news, and were faced with an ‘insecure’ site notice – all is now well.
The business hosting our site hadn’t told us the SSL Certificate needed to be renewed until we saw the problem ourselves.
We went elsewhere and have now got a new squeaky tight Certificate – so we are totally safe and secure again.
I am sorry for the inconvenience – let’s say it was a 2016 problem so as to not taint the new year!


January 2, 2017
It is barely mentioned by historians, but Jaguar obviously made the most of its competition successes to publicise its achievements, as we saw with the 1953 C-Type Le Mans victory presentation at the Paris Salon.
In our next edition we are featuring the grossly underlined MkVII and its successes in competition both on the track and in rallies.
This is an image we are using in the edition #185 story, and it might give you a new appreciation of just some of the capabilities of the remarkable MkVII which was a breakthrough model and a huge sales success as an executive and family saloon.
The Monte Carlo winner is seen displayed at Henly’s major sales and service centre in north London, and attracted a huge amount of press attention, not to mention the public, while it was there.
Who appreciates until now that this particular car, one of a small raft of hardworking works cars, raced in the Silverstone saloon events which Jaguar won five years in a row with the MkVII, was used to haul teams and spare parts to Le Mans, Reims and other events – then went and won the mighty 1956 Monte Carlo Rally?
It might look a bit like a lumbering beast, but the MkVII handles exceptionally well, and of course, these works cars were fitted with C-Type and later D-Type heads, and the best suspension elements plus close ratio gearboxes etc. – but so too did the opposition use everything they could.
I hope we can do our bit to give the MkVII the rightful respect it has lost but more than deserves.