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PRINCE CHARLES GETS THE FIRST ROYAL FAMILY ELECTRIC CAR – I-PACE

September 5, 2018

From Star News UK

The Prince of Wales has splashed out on a 124mph £60,000 motor that will become a first in the Royal Family.

He is ditching his current Jaguar – which runs on conventional fuel – for a customised, all-electric Jaguar I-Pace.

A charging point has been installed at his and Camilla Parker Bowles’s Clarence House, the couple’s official London home.

The vehicle, which is the Royal Family’s first all-electric car, will ferry Charles around the capital for official duties.

The environmentalist could also travel to his Highgrove residence in Gloucestershire on a single charge.

Charles is said to be leasing the £60,000 motor with his own money, according to The Times, and has had it custom made.

It is reported he ordered his new drive, which can accelerate from 0-60mph in under five seconds, in Loire Blue – a colour not available on the I-Pace.

Jaguar Land Rover, which makes the car in Austria, say the I-Pace’s new batteries pack 90kWh which offer a range of 292 miles.

But although the car can take a rapid 60 miles’ charge in 15 minutes, the Prince would have to stop at a motorway service station if he wanted to visit Dumfries in Scotland.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LEGEND – SIR WILLIAM AT 117

September 4, 2018

What can you say about an immortal of the international motor industry?

Sir William Lyons was born in Blackpool on September 4, 1901 – so today is his birthday.  He would have been 117.

He co-founded his sidecar building company 96 years ago today, and in 1928 moved his business to Coventry where he split from his partner.

Consider he:

Founded S.S. and Jaguar Cars

Controlled both in every facet until he retired on this day in 1972

Designed:

All Swallow and S.S. cars

The post-War Jaguar ‘MkIV’

MkV

XK120

XK140

XK150

‘Mk1’

Mk2

S-Type

MkX

420

XJ

Daimler DS420 limousine

Remarkable indeed and that is not even considering the Jaguar myth and legend which is intangible.

Happy birthday Sir William, wherever you are.

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XF SPORTBRRAKE – AND EXCITEMENT MACHINE

September 3, 2018

We have been excited to see and drive one – and for the few hours it has been our garage it has fulfilled those expectations and gone beyond.

It looks fabulous and has attitude.  It is very sporty, sits low like a sporting Jaguar of its type needs to – and has loads of room in the rear.

Our test car is black on black – and it going to be a week or so ahead.  We will feature the Sportbrake in edition #194 and already know we are going to hate giving  this one back …

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JAGUAR TO BUILD MID-ENGINED SUPERCAR J-TYPE?

September 1, 2018

Despite leaving the Jaguar C-X75 mid-engine concept at the bottom of a river in a subpar James Bond movie, Jaguar still reportedly has plans to put a mid-engine supercar into production. It could replace the current F-Type and reportedly be called the J-Type.

According to Auto Express, with unclear sourcing, Jaguar wants to replace the F-Type with a hybrid mid-engine supercar utilising some of the battery and motor technology it developed for the all-electric I-Pace. The hybrid Acura NSXis reportedly the benchmark for the new car, with dreams of it also taking on the McLaren 570S and Audi R8. From Auto Express:

The successor to the Jaguar F-Type will embrace hybrid technology and go mid-engined when it launches around 2022, Auto Express can exclusively reveal. And further down the line, Jag could launch a fully-electric version to rival the forthcoming Porsche Taycan.

The mechanical make-up of the car is yet to be finalised, but it’s expected that at least two electric motors, one on each axle to give four-wheel drive, will supplement a mid-mounted V6 engine. If it is to be competitive, a power figure upwards of 550bhp is likely, placing it among competitors such as the McLaren 570S and Audi R8.By “replace,” one has to assume this hybrid supercar will be a lot more expensive than the F-Type, which starts around $60,000.

The report also indicates the platform will be developed with the capability to go fully-electric as well. Since the new car would be completely different from the current F-Type, Auto Express suggests they could label it the J-Type, based on recent trademark applications.

Since the Jaguar C-X75 was only ever a concept car and prototype that came very close to production, and the then a movie villain car, this new J-Type or whatever they call it would only be Jag’s second mid-engine production car, following the sleek XJ220.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER FITS VIRTUAL EYES TO ITS TEST VEHICLES

August 28, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover has fitted ‘virtual eyes’ to intelligent pods to understand how humans will trust self-driving vehicles, as research studies suggest that as many as 63% of pedestrians worry about how safe it will be to cross the road in the future.

The friendly-faced ‘eye pods’ have a vital job: helping work out how much information future self-driving cars should share with users or pedestrians to ensure that people trust the technology.

As part of the engineering project, Jaguar Land Rover has enlisted the help of a team of cognitive psychologists to better understand how vehicle behaviour affects human confidence in new technology. The trust trials form part of Jaguar Land Rover’s government-supported UK Autodrive project.

The intelligent pods run autonomously on a fabricated street scene in Coventry, while the behaviour of pedestrians is analysed as they wait to cross the road. The ‘eyes’ have been devised by a team of advanced engineers, working in Jaguar Land Rover’s Future Mobility division. The pods seek out the pedestrian – appearing to ‘look’ directly at them – signalling to road users that it has identified them, and intends to take avoiding action.

Engineers record trust levels in the person before and after the pod makes ‘eye contact’ to find out whether it generates sufficient confidence that it would stop for them. Previous studies suggest as many 63% of pedestrians and cyclists say they’d feel less safe sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle*.

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JAGUAR CLASSIC TO BUILD AND SELL ELECTRIC E-TYPES…

August 24, 2018

Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’, Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer all-electric E-types for sale. The news follows the iconic EV sports car’s successful debut in concept form at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017.

Combining its restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-PACE, the award-winning zero-emissions performance SUV, Jaguar Classic will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its outstanding E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, UK.

An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said:“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic.

E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”

Technical specifications and pricing details will follow, but Jaguar Classic is now taking expressions of interest from potential E-type Zero clients. Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from summer 2020.

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JAGUAR CLASSIC TO BUILD AND SELL ELECTRIC E-TYPES

August 24, 2018

Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’, Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer all-electric E-types for sale. The news follows the iconic EV sports car’s successful debut in concept form at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017.

Combining its restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-PACE, the award-winning zero-emissions performance SUV, Jaguar Classic will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its outstanding E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, UK.

An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said:“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic.

E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”

Technical specifications and pricing details will follow, but Jaguar Classic is now taking expressions of interest from potential E-type Zero clients. Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from summer 2020.

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JAGUAR CLASSIC TO BUILD ELECTRIC E-TYPES

August 24, 2018

Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’, Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer all-electric E-types for sale. The news follows the iconic EV sports car’s successful debut in concept form at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017.

Combining its restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-PACE, the award-winning zero-emissions performance SUV, Jaguar Classic will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its outstanding E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, UK.

An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said:“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic.

“E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”

Technical specifications and pricing details will follow, but Jaguar Classic is now taking expressions of interest from potential E-type Zero clients. Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from summer 2020.

The full story is in our next edition.

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I-PACE ARRIVES WITH A FIVE YEAR WARRANTY

August 22, 2018
Jaguar’s all-electric I-PACE will bring a revolutionary ownership experience.

I-PACE, the car that has rewritten the automotive rule book, will go on sale with a full five-year warranty, two years more than the period currently offered for any of its conventional Jaguar stablemates.

The extended warranty will be backed by a five-year service plan and matching five-years Roadside Assistance plan which, like the warranty, are both two years longer than anything previously offered by the British car maker.

The I-PACE’s battery, made of 432 pouch cells positioned beneath the cabin floor, is also covered by an extensive eight-year, 160,000-kilometre warranty.

New from the wheels up, Jaguar’s first-ever electric car takes styling influences from the company’s revolutionary C-X75 supercar concept.

The clean sheet design gave I-PACE’s designers and engineers unprecedented freedoms to create a car with a dramatic cab-forward profile, unique proportions and exceptional interior space.

Jaguar has long been known for its aluminium vehicle construction and I-PACE continues that, utilising Jaguar’s new aluminium Electric Vehicle architecture.

It is the most torsionally-rigid structure in Jaguar’s storied history and underscores that with a perfectly balanced 50:50 front-rear weight distribution.

The luxurious and technically innovative interior has several useful storage features.

A flat floor gives space for a 10.5-litre central compartment, storage compartments beneath the rear seats and a 656-litre rear load space.

Using the latest technology, I-PACE features the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system combining touchscreens, sensors and physical controls to operate the car’s key functions.

Two central console-mounted touchscreens separate information and interactive controls.

A full-colour Head-Up Display (HUD) projects key driving information, including vehicle speed, onto the windscreen in front of the driver.

All the operating technology is supported by a 12-inch display screen behind the steering wheel in lieu of a conventional instrument panel.

Jaguar’s first all-electric car will also carry-on the company’s performance traditions.

A 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives I-PACE’s two synchronous permanent magnet electric motors an impressive 294 kilowatts of power and 696 Nm of torque.

Controlled independently and able to adapt I-PACE’s front-rear balance to suit prevailing road conditions, the Jaguar-designed motors can rocket the car from standstill to 100km/h in just 4.8-seconds and deliver a 470km driving range.

I-PACE also has several charging options.

A 100kW rapid charging point will give 80 per cent battery capacity in 40 minutes or add 100km driving range in 15 minutes.

Home or office charging using an AC wall box gives 80 per cent battery capacity in 10 hours and even the car’s regenerative braking system puts energy into the batteries.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER OPENS FIRST CLASSIC CENTRE IN AMERICA

August 22, 2018

Jaguar and Land Rover have made some veritable classics over the course of their long histories. To service them, the joint automaker has opened a couple of dedicated facilities. And now it’s set to open its first such site in North America.

Set to open next summer, the Jaguar Land Rover Classic center will be located in a new 75,000-square-foot complex in Savannah, Georgia. It’ll be the company’s first such facility on this side of the pond, following the opening of similar locations in the UK and Germany, set up to restore, refurbish, service, and even sell vintage Jags and Landies.

It will include a 42-bay workshop to support vehicles out of production for over a decade. It’ll also encompass a dedicated showroom where customers will be able to view and purchase older Jaguars and Land Rovers that have met the manufacturer’s Works Legends standard.

“The Savannah site is the perfect location for us,” said director Tim Hannig: “a charming setting combining a passionate community and excellent transport links that will make it easier for US clients to benefit from the authentic services and expertise Jaguar Land Rover Classic provides.” Construction of the new facility is set to begin already this fall.

The site was chosen for its proximity not only to the local airport, but to the Port of Savannah, which ranks as the largest container shipping terminal in North America. Kia remains the only automaker with a full assembly plant in Georgia, but Porsche, Mercedes, and PSA have all chosen nearby Atlanta to establish their US headquarters.

JLR’s other two classic centers opened in June 2017 at Jaguar’s historic home in Coventry, and this past May at Essen-Kettwig, near where the Techno Classica show takes place every year as Europe’s foremost classic-car show.

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