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YOUR BIG CHANCE TO BUY LE MANS ‘MODERN D-TYPES’

November 9, 2018
Two historic Jaguar endurance racing cars—the XJR-6 and XJ220-C—will be sold at auction in London on Dec. 1. Auction consignor Bonhams will sell the two vehicles at its “The Bond Street Sale” event alongside a series of other vehicles, some of which are also former racing cars.
Senior of the two is the 1985 XJR-6, whose lineage can be traced forward to the XJR-12, which locked down a one-two finish at the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans. The XJR-6’s carbon fibre monocoque and colossal venturi tunnels (which generated ground effect downforce) influenced the designs of the Group C prototypes which would follow. Despite the use of the composite material that now underpins most exotic sports cars, the XJR-6 was heavy, meaning its fuel-injected 6.2-litre V-12 couldn’t be run at its full 650 horsepower in races, lest it use too much fuel.
Though the XJR-6 managed a win at a 1,000-kilometre Silverstone race, it never triumphed at Le Mans, all three of its 1986 entries retiring mid-race. Nevertheless, the XJR-6 was a learning experience for Jaguar, which eventually churned out winning cars.
Another of Jaguar’s endurance race cars that history never quite acknowledged was the XJ220-C, derived from Jaguar’s XJ220 halo car. It won the IMSA GT class at the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans but was disqualified for not running catalytic converters, despite being approved in tech inspection. Jaguar won its appeal against the ruling, but due to a technicality, the XJ220-C remained disqualified, its crown stolen. The XJ220-Cs returned in 1995, but with the debut of the world-beating McLaren F1, they stood no chance of winning outright, even had they finished—both cars retired.
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Jaguar also manufactured a set of road-legal XJ220-Cs called the XJ220-S, but this being a “-C” model means it’ll be confined to racetracks. Given that’s where the XJ220-C is in its element, that’s no disappointment. Both cars are predicted by Bonhams to see a hammer price between $2.9 and $3.7 million individually. If you’re a multimillionaire with a penchant for classic Jags, get that plane ticket to London ready by Dec. 1 when these roll across the auction block. Rated: ‘Best Jaguar magazine in the world’. Subscribe and get your Jaguar Magazine delivered for just $5 each plus postage at: www.jaguarmagazine.com Digital: www.magzter.com YouTube:  Jaguar Magazine TV

F-TYPE SVR ‘POPPY’ WINS BEST SIGNS AWARD

November 9, 2018

Winning top honours at the British Signs Awards as Vehicle Graphics 2018 Special Achievement Award, this year marks a poignant partnership for Jaguar and Mission Motorsport’s Jaguar F-Type SVR Poppy Car as we approach the centenary of the Armistice this weekend. Following its Vehicle Graphics 2018 Special Achievement Award win, the Mission Motorsport-liveried Jaguar F-Type SVR will go on to the Forces’ Motorsport Charity’s annual Race of Remembrance at Anglesey Circuit this weekend (9-11 November) to lead the packed grid of 50 racing cars as the official Safety Car.

A year since the Poppy Car was unveiled in November 2017, and 100 years since the end of WW1, the poppy-themed Jaguar F-Type SVR has been a focal point for the recovery of wounded, injured and sick-servicemen. A collaboration between Jaguar and the Forces’ Motorsport Charity, Mission Motorsport, the Poppy Car is just one project by Mission Motorsport, a charity that has helped give jobs to 1,500 ex-service men and women in the automotive industry – 954 in Jaguar Land Rover alone since the first Invictus Games in 2014.

The Poppy Car was designed and wrapped by ex-servicemen Lance Corporal Chris Read, Guardsman Chris Walker, Private Dan Elliott Lance Corporal Francis Stokes and Sergeant Major David Turnbull, all of whom are beneficiaries of Mission Motorsport and were medically discharged from service. The core team of Read, Walker and Elliott prototyped, designed, reprinted and went back to the drawing board countless times, but they succeeded, emphatically, at creating something uniquely poignant. No two views of the Jaguar F-Type SVR are the same. The Poppy Car changes with the light, with perspective, and with the words of the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ running through the design the car represents more than an art installation – it is something that has resonance, depth, and meaning.

Since the Jaguar F-Type SVR was wrapped, three of the ex-servicemen have moved into fulltime employment, Lance Corporal Francis Stokes now works for Williams F1. Private Dan Elliot secured employment within Jaguar Land Rover working in their Research department and Sergeant Major David Turnbull is currently running the Livery department at Mission Motorsport.

Speaking on behalf of the charity about winning this important award, CEO James Cameron said, “The Poppy Car is a collaboration and project that has brought so much joy to everyone that has worked on and been close to it. The team were entirely responsible for the creative and practical delivery of the project from first principles, and the finished car has become emblematic of the wider cause, particularly poignant as we approach Remembrance weekend.

“At Mission Motorsport, our aim is to provide a stepping stone for our ex-service men and women to get back into day-to-day life away from the battlefield. Race, retrain and ‘re-cover’, our livery department is ecstatic that despite fantastic competition the Poppy Car won the Vehicle Wrap of the Year. An amazing achievement for those involved and reflects the emotion, hard work and dedication that went into making such a remarkable car.”

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JAGUAR GOES BACK TO ITS MOTORCYCLE ROOTS – BUT ELECTRIC

November 6, 2018

Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons started his business in Blackpool in 1922 because he was a motorcycle devotee – as was his neighbour and business partner.  Roll ahead 96 years and Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund, today announces its investment in Arc, which today unveils ‘Vector’ – the world’s first fully-electric motorcycle with Human Machine Interface (HMI).

Arc Vector is the most advanced electric motorcycle ever brought to market, using exotic materials, thoroughbred componentry and cutting-edge architecture, wrapped in a futuristic body.

The investment from InMotion Ventures, along with Mercia Fund Managers, the Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund which is part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, and a number of industry specialist angels, will support Arc with its global ambition for Vector to be the cleanest, safest, and most fulfilling motorcycle on the road.

The brand new bike, will be revealed at the Milan Motorcycle Show today.

The Arc show stand will showcase the brand, along with the bike itself and its ground breaking intelligent haptic ride-wear and connected Heads-Up Display helmet.

A virtual reality ride experience will also be available for attendees.

The Arc team consists of industry-leading professionals, coming together to develop and build an all-new experience on two wheels.

Mark Truman, Founder & CEO, Arc, said: “Our aim has always been to bring technology, performance and safety together to create an entirely new two-wheeled experience.

“Vector isn’t just a motorbike; it’s the world’s first fully-electric café racer, it’s an innovative heads-up display helmet and it’s a sensory riding suit – all working in unison to create an experience package like no other.

“We’re delighted to get the support of InMotion for this exciting launch phase.

“The team shares our vision and we’re looking forward to working together and creating more ground breaking products.”

Sebastian Peck, Managing Director, InMotion Ventures, said: “Electric vehicles are pivotal for the future of urban mobility, helping people travel through cities quickly and cleanly as possible.

“We want to make sure that we’re not only changing the way people move but delivering unparalleled outdoor experiences while doing so.

“With Arc’s technology and vision, the Vector is an incredible development in the next generation of motorcycle travel.”

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER PLANS BIG COMEBACK WITH 16 NEW CARS – Financial Express

November 2, 2018

Jaguar has 7 vehicles in its product portfolio and Range Rover has 6 SUVs currently. The company has confirmed the launch of the new Defender by 2020 and will also launch 2 more Jaguar cars in the near future. The entire line-up including from Jaguar XE to Jaguar F-Type will see a refreshed change in the coming years. We also expect the all-new Range Rover Evoque being launched by 2020.

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Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover is going through a rough patch with its sales as the British carmaker registered a loss of £90 million and sales this year has already slipped down by over 22,600 units globally primarily due to a slowdown in the Chinese market. Jaguar Land Rover says that tariff changes, trade tensions in China and weaker consumer confidence has affected its sales in China. In the United Kingdom and Europe, diesel-powered cars and SUVs continue to show lower demand and with Brexin uncertainty, there is a lot of negative sentiments for buying new cars and SUVs.

However, the British marque plans a big comeback and says that it will launch 16 new cars and SUVs globally between 2019-2024. The entire Jaguar Land Rover lineup will undergo a change and the company plans to rejuvenate sales by building a strong product portfolio. The company also launched Project Charge – a comprehensive 2-3 years turnaround plan to improve cash flows and profitability. Jaguar Land Rover says that the current biggest challenges for the company are lower consumer confidence and market sentiments with the industry being down by 7.7% this financial year.

Jaguar has 7 vehicles in its product portfolio and Range Rover has 6 SUVs currently. The company has confirmed the launch of the new Defender by 2020 and will also launch 2 more Jaguar cars in the near future. The entire line-up including from Jaguar XE to Jaguar F-Type will see a refreshed change in the coming years. We also expect the all-new Range Rover Evoque being launched by 2020. These new changes on JLR cars would be a mix of all-new new models, replacement models and mid-cycle refreshes.

In the next 18 months, Jaguar Land Rover plans to invest plans to invest £1 billion. To save costs, the company further confirmed that it will manufacture the Jaguar E-Pace in China. The company will also be looking to leverage the lower duty of Made in UK, EU cars being sold in China. The company expects a stronger second half and is looking to end the financial year flat with no losses in sales when compared to last year.

JAGUAR ENDING ENGINES BUILT BY FORD

October 30, 2018

Hundreds of workers at Ford’s Bridgend plant who make engines for Jaguar cars are being paid to stay at home for a week.

The five-day shutdown is happening because the company is stopping production at its assembly plants at Solihull for a fortnight.

The affected staff, on the AJ line, will get basic pay during the break.

Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones said he wanted assurances the move was only temporary.

News of the shutdown has caused fresh anxiety for those at the plant – one of the biggest employers in Wales.

A Welsh Government spokesman described the news as “obviously concerning for workers”.

He added: “Senior officials from the Welsh Government have spoken to Ford today and are meeting officials from Unite the Union tomorrow to discuss the shutdown and other matters regarding the future of the Bridgend plant.”

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JAGUAR’S ELECTRIC I-PACE IS GERMANY’S CAR OF THE YEAR

October 30, 2018

The Jaguar I-PACE electric performance SUV has won the 2019 German Car of the Year Award

  • Jaguar’s first electric vehicle wins ‘German Car of the Year’ award against 58 competitors
  • Jury of 12 expert journalists chose the I-PACE electric performance SUV after a demanding series of tests
  • I-PACE and E-PACE both shortlisted for Women’s World Car of the Year Award

The British brand’s first fully electric vehicle (EV) earned the most votes from a panel of 12 expert journalists who drove 59 cars in a series of comparison tests. They loved the groundbreaking I-PACE’s blend of driving dynamics, performance and style.

The Jaguar I-PACE is not only the first premium electric vehicle from an established manufacturer, it also makes uncompromising use of the advantages of an electrified vehicle architecture. Its performance is impressive, and its design and practicality stand out, which is why the I-PACE ultimately was the winner against strong competition.

JENS MEINERS
GERMAN CAR OF THE YEAR AWARD JURY MEMBER AND SPOKESMAN

The British EV topped a shortlist of five to win the award. The jury evaluated the design, performance, ride, handling, future viability and general relevance of each model on the road and at the Bilster Berg circuit.

We are extremely proud to receive this honour from the German media for our first fully electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-PACE. To get such an award in the homeland of premium brands is very precious.

PROF. DR. RALF SPETH
JAGUAR LAND ROVER CEO

The I-PACE has also been shortlisted for the Women’s World Car of the Year Award, along with its sister car the E-PACE compact performance SUV. The winner will be announced on 12 November.

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F-TYPE CHEQUERED FLAG CELEBRATES 70 YEARS OF JAGUAR SPORTS CARS

October 29, 2018

Since the reveal of the XK 120 in 1948, sports cars have been integral to Jaguar’s heritage, the culmination of this rich lineage being the F-TYPE- winner of more than 170 global awards. Now, in celebration of 70 years of Jaguar sports cars, the F-TYPE range has been enhanced by the addition of the Chequered Flag Limited Edition

Based on the  F-TYPE R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible, and available with powerful four- and six-cylinder engines, the Chequered Flag features a range of subtle visual enhancements to the exterior and to the driver-focussed “1+1” cabin.

Highlights include a Black Contrast roof on the Coupé and a luxurious Windsor Leather interior featuring Performance seats with embossed headrests, a Dark Brushed Aluminium centre console trim finisher and – in recognition of Jaguar’s motorsport successes – a steering wheel with discrete Chequered Flag logo and red leather band to mark the 12 o’clock position.

Perfect proportions, design purity and visual drama – every Jaguar must express these qualities, and none more so than F-TYPE. In creating the Chequered Flag we’ve focused on details which enhance F-TYPE’s presence and promise of performance – and in doing so, made a fitting celebration of 70 years of beautiful, fast, Jaguar sports cars.

IAN CALLUM
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

The F-TYPE’s exquisite, perfectly-proportioned exterior is enhanced by the Exterior Black Design Pack, which benefits from SVO extended side sills to subtly increase visual width and give the car even greater presence and poise. The 20-inch Gloss Black wheels with Diamond Turned finish are exclusive to the Chequered Flag and perfectly complement the red finish of the brake calipers. The Chequered Flag’s superbly-crafted Ebony Windsor Leather interior is offered with contrast stitching in a choice of Red or Cirrus. The slimline Performance seats, with optional heated and cooling functionality, feature headrests embossed with Chequered Flag branding.

In place of the F-TYPE R-Dynamic’s Delta aluminium centre console trim, the Chequered Flag features a Dark Brushed Aluminium finisher. The texture and finish of this material perfectly complements the Ebony Windsor Leather.

The Touch Pro infotainment system features Meridian audio, a suite of connected services and, for the first time in F-TYPE, Apple CarPlay and Android auto to make it easier than ever to access tailored smartphone apps using the 10-inch touchscreen.

Power comes from the 300PS/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine or the 340PS/450Nm and 380PS/ 460Nm supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines. All offer an outstanding balance of responsiveness, power and efficiency – and all with a visceral soundtrack which reflects the F-TYPE’s truly driver-focused character.

All engines are matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions and send drive to the rear wheels, or – in the 380PS models – the choice of Jaguar’s all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics.

Additional 20MY F-TYPE enhancements

Taking learning from the SVR derivative, the damper tune on the F-TYPE R Coupé and Convertible models has been refined, giving an improved level of ride comfort at low speed. This has been achieved by reducing the damping by 24% at the lower damping velocities (up to 0.3m/s), whilst increasing overall capacity by up to 30%.

Additionally, the rear upper ball joint from the SVR has been incorporated into the F-TYPE R, with modifications to the rear knuckle and upper control arm, further enhancing capability and system robustness.

The rear camera and front park aid are now provided as standard across all F-TYPE derivatives.

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RACE SERIES ANNOUNCED FOR XE SV PROJECT 8

October 28, 2018

Series Elite, a “mature racing” series launched by Jaguar, is kicking off in the spring for drivers in their 50s and up. The new discipline will feature a full field of Jaguar XE SV Project 8 super saloons and take place across six rounds at top level U.K. and European race tracks.

Described by the organizers as “A one-make racing series exclusively for the mature driver, appealing to amateur and experienced racers alike,” Series Elite markets it as more of a lifestyle than just a race series. And while this might sound a little bit like the SCCA with a minimum age requirement, it’s more exclusive than that.

Another requirement to get into this organization: you’ve got to be pretty loaded because the price of admission supposedly covers the cost of a Project 8 and then some. The official website advertises that 20 Series Elite Jaguars, built to their specifications, will keep the playing field level amongst the drivers. Since it’s such a limited run, 20 of the 300 made is actually a significant stake in the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 production cars.

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FINAL DAY INVICTUS – RUGBY CHAMPIONS PARTICIPATE IN WHEELCHAIR MATCH

October 27, 2018

Rugby legends threw their support behind Invictus Games Sydney 2018 as they took to the court in the Jaguar Land Rover wheelchair rugby exhibition match to celebrate the healing power of sport.

Former Wallaby Rob Horne and legendary England winger Jason Robinson went head-to head as managers of the two sides, with Robinson’s Invictus Games Sydney 2018 team coming out on top 16-13.

The game also featured rugby union stars Phil Waugh, Dean Mumm, Adam Freier, Stephen Hoiles and Cam Shepherd, who took on a Rest of the World team selected from various nations competing at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover.

Rob Horne, whose professional rugby career was ended after suffering serious nerve damage to his right arm, said: “It’s a real honour to be here at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and meet so many inspirational men and women, who are showing how sport can aid their long-term recovery from illness or injury.

“As an Australian, I’m so proud to see how these Games have been embraced by the people of Sydney, and it’s brilliant to see the rugby community get behind them too with this Jaguar Land Rover exhibition match.”

Jason Robinson, a Land Rover ambassador, said: “I played alongside HRH The Duke of Sussex in the Jaguar Land Rover wheelchair rugby exhibition match at the very first Invictus Games in London in 2014, and it is fantastic to see how this event has gone from strength to strength since.

“I have brought all my family out to Sydney this week, as I wanted them to experience what the Invictus Games are about and be inspired by the men and women here and what they are achieving. It’s an honour to be part of it and witness the competitors’ determination.”

The exhibition match, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, took place during the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 wheelchair rugby competition at the Quaycentre in Sydney Olympic Park.

Australia took gold, beating the United Kingdom in the gold medal match and team USA earlier won the bronze medal match.

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JLR CEO DR SPETH OPENS NEW AUSTRALIAN HQ IN SYDNEY

October 26, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover Australia’s new $6 million, state-of-the-art national headquarters in Mascot, New South Wales, has been declared ‘open for business’.

The stunning new complex was officially opened by Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, Professor Doctor Ralf Speth, and Jaguar Land Rover Australia Managing Director, Mark Cameron.

Describing the company’s relocation to the southern Sydney site, Mark Cameron said the opening of the new headquarters in Mascot ushered-in a new era for Jaguar Land Rover in Australia.

“It is an era in which we will have sales growth, expanded model line-ups and breakthrough technology,” Mr Cameron said.

“We now have a head office and training facilities that align with our newest retail facilities and gives our employees an inspiring work environment,” he added.

Located in the revitalised Mascot precinct close to Sydney’s domestic and international airports, the impressive new structure covers 3200 square metres over three floors and features five large training rooms, a fully-equipped technical training academy, 14 meeting rooms and a gymnasium.

It also incorporates a new car display area to accommodate the latest models from both brands, including the stunning new I-PACE. Jaguar’s first fully-electric vehicle, I-PACE is due to go on sale in Australia later this year.

It also incorporates a new car display area to accommodate the latest models from both brands, including the stunning new I-PACE. Jaguar’s first fully-electric vehicle, I-PACE is due to go on sale in Australia later this year.

As well as containing 20 conference rooms and meeting areas, the building also houses 150 individual workstations, giving staff a more collaborative workspace in its open environment.

And with some 13 on-site electric vehicle charging stations available for use by employees, Jaguar Land Rover Australia is openly showing that, with its new purpose-built facility, it is clearly looking towards an EV-rich future.

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