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PROTOTYPE XJ-C FOUND AND SELLING

February 26, 2019

We have an unashamed passion for XJ-Cs, and it is one of the few models for which prototypes, built two and half years before the model went on sale, exist.

We have the full records on each of those cars, and they keep turning up – not often in brilliant condition it needs to be said.

The latest find came to attention abandoned in a paddock, but it is the real deal with an interesting history, and appears to be complete and totally original.

The car is LHD 4.2 litre manual overdrive XJ-C chassis #2.

It was completed on March 3, 1973 using hand-built body #6. Like many others of the first XJ-Cs, it was converted to RHD by Jaguar for use by its executives.

It was and is Greensand with narrow pleated leather trim in Olive. Its conversion happened in April 1974, after which it was loaned to Roger Bell at Thoroughbred and Classic Car for his use.

Jaguar’s Engineering Director Jim Randle was allocated the car on May 20, 1974.

Now the sad but saveable car is for sale in the UK by Barons and we would encourage anyone to consider it. You don’t get surviving prototypes any more for obvious reasons.

Let’s not lose this one.

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NEW EDITION #196 ON-LINE

February 22, 2019

As I write this, our edition #196 is being uploaded on-line at magzter.com

It is a huge and far-ranging magazine with the first rod test by us of the all-electric I-Pace, and the exclusive discovery of the first XJ-Ss being built in 1972!!!

Actually, we have established from those who worked on them at the time, they are XJ27s not XJ-Ss and only ten were built.

We have found the first two of those cars built, and which only had a body number and not a VIN – both survive in Australia. One more might still be alive in the US.

What too of a husband and wife who bought an XK-R Portfolio new, one of only 100 cars built of which ten came to Australia? We brought three of those cars together. The Harlow’s sold their Portfolio, but missed it so much they bought it back! They tell their story.

One man bought an XJ6 Series 1 at 17 and found it was a rust bucket. He vowed to replace it with his ideal XJ6 – and has done that to perfection.

Reims is home to a track where Jaguar was very successful in race and testing. It fell into decay on public roads just out of the city, but now enthusiasts are bringing it back to life.

Then there is the charismatic David Hobbs – his parents were Australian, he was a Daimler/Jaguar Apprentice, F1 and F5000 racer, multi Le Mans podium place-getter, car dealer, race TV commentator and so much more. We profile the great man.

… that is just the start of what we have in this new edition.

Hardcopy magazines are out next week and in the shops and mail for our loyal subscribers.

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IAN CALLUM DECLARED AN ‘ICON’ IN LONDON

February 18, 2019

Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar, has been honoured with the prestigious ‘Icon Award’ at this year’s London Classic Car Show. Acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents, the award recognises Callum’s illustrious career and his impact throughout the industry.

The fifth annual London Classic Car Show showcased a celebratory exhibition of some of Callum’s most notable and career-defining cars; including the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and the F-TYPE, winner of 2013 ‘World Car Design of the Year’. Significant cars from Ian’s early career such as the Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish and Ford RS200 were also on display.

Accepting the award, Ian Callum said, “It is an honour to be chosen by The London Classic Car Show as its 2019 Icon and be recognised for my contribution to car design. It was a hugely special moment for me to see such a large collection of my life’s work in the one place – that has never happened before.”

Event Director for The London Classic Car Show, Bas Bungish said, “Ian was an obvious choice as this year’s Icon. His incredible career has brought us some of the most recognisable and celebrated models on our roads today, and in our garages as coveted future classics.”

Ian Callum spent his early career at Ford Design Studios before becoming Chief Designer of TWR Design. Callum has been at the forefront of the transformation of Jaguar’s design aesthetic since joining the brand in 1999.

In 2005, Ian was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA and in 2014 received the Minerva Medal – the highest accolade bestowed by the Chartered Society of Designers, awarded for a lifetime’s achievement in design. Callum continues to lead a team of highly talented designers at Jaguar’s design studios in Coventry and has received six honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

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EVANS 7TH IN MEXICO – TEAM MATE HAS HUGE CRASH

February 17, 2019

Nelson Piquet Jnr endured a dramatic crash in the fourth race of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E season in Mexico City but stepped out his Jaguar I-PACE 3 unharmed. Mitch Evans brought his racecar over the line in seventh for a six-point finish for Panasonic Jaguar Racing.

Piquet Jnr achieved the fastest first sector of any driver in qualifying but couldn’t convert to Super Pole – he started the race in P11 and Evans in P17 after inheriting a place from Robin Frijns’ penalty.

Piquet Jnr was fighting for eighth position into turn 14 when a collision with Jean-Éric Vergne’s back wheel sent the Brazilian driver over the top of his car in one of the biggest collisions in Formula E. Despite serious damage to the car, Piquet Jnr emerged from the crash unharmed.

Evans showed fantastic form, climbing an impressive ten places to finish seventh and secure six points for Panasonic Jaguar Racing – his fourth consecutive points-finish this season.

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KATHERINE LEGGE WITH I-PACE eTROPY IN MEXICO CITY

February 17, 2019
Katherine Legge (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) claimed victory today in round two of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY at the iconic Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit, in Mexico City.
 
Katherine Legge started on pole position, with team mate Bryan Sellers alongside in second, round one winner, Simon Evans of Team Asia New Zealand starting in third and Jaguar VIP driver, Salvador Duran starting on the grid in fourth.
Legge took an impressive lights to flag victory with fellow Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Bryan Sellers pushing his team mate all the way to the chequered flag.  Legge now leads the series and made history by being the first female racing driver to win a race during a ABB FIA Formula E weekend.
 
Legge said:  “I have been looking forward to getting back in the car ever since Ad Diriyah; and to come away with a podium finish in Mexico is amazing and testament to the hard work the team have put into the car this week. There were a lot of learnings from round one, and to put these into play in Mexico is really rewarding. Hong Kong cannot come soon enough, and I hope to take the momentum from this race into the rest of the season.”
Sérgio Jimenez completed the podium for Jaguar Brazil Racing having taken advantage of a collision at the chicane which forced Mexican VIP driver Salvador Durán to retire after hitting Caca Bueno’s Jaguar I-PACE.  Kiwi driver Simon Evans had to avoid the accident which pushed him down the order.  Bander Alesayi took the Pro-Am class victory with fifth place overall.
 
The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is the first series for battery electric production-based cars and is a proof point of Jaguar Racing’s Race to Innovate mission; taking learnings from the racetrack and putting them back into their road vehicles.

Following the conclusion of round two, Championship Manager, Marion Barnaby said: “The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is key to Jaguar Racing’s race to road strategy but it is also a fully fledged racing series and as we have seen in Mexico City, all of the drivers are here to compete and the performance of the Jaguar I-PACE matches their competitive ambitions.”
 
“The vehicles are incredibly capable and we are learning and developing each race. The demands on car and driver are providing some key insights that will serve us well as the Championship evolves and ensure truly exciting racing.”
 
The third round of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will be held in Hong Kong on 10 March 2019.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER’S GROUNDBREAKING NEW PETROL ENGINE

February 13, 2019


Jaguar Land Rover is expanding its Ingenium engine family with a new six-cylinder petrol engine designed and engineered in-house, and manufactured at its £1 billion Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton, UK.

The 3.0-litre straight six cylinder petrol engine, which will debut in 2020, is available in 265kW and 294kW versions with a torque capable of up to 495 and 550Nm, is more responsive and better balanced than the outgoing V6 petrol.

It features a unique combination of an electric supercharger to deliver immediate response supported by a twin scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift, which boosts power and help the engine to breathe with maximum efficiency.

These performance-boosting technologies, combined with Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology, optimises performance, fuel economy and reduces emissions. The MHEV 48V system uses a small integrated electric motor to harvest energy lost during deceleration, and then intelligently redeploys it to assist the engine to maximise efficiency.

The in-line six-cylinder petrol engine is 20% more fuel efficient than the V6 petrol engine it replaces* and is fitted with a Gasoline Particulate Filter, reducing particulate emissions by up to 75%.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO BUILD ITS OWN ELECTRIC ENGINES

February 12, 2019

After a long and tiring HQ move we are back on-line as things get back to normal. So now we can bring you the latest Jaguar happenings – such as this.

Jaguar Land Rover, Britain’s largest vehicle manufacturer, has reaffirmed its commitment to battery manufacturing plans despite laying off around 10 percent of its workforce.

“Later this year, next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDU) will be produced at the company’s Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton,” the company said in a statement this month. “These EDUs will be powered by batteries assembled at a new Jaguar Land Rover Battery Assembly Centre located at Hams Hall, North Warwickshire, reinforcing the company’s commitment to the West Midlands and the U.K.”

The announcement came as the company unveiled plans to cut its global workforce by 4,500 employees as part of an effort to achieve a GBP £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) reduction in costs over 18 months. The job cuts, on top of 1,500 layoffs in 2018, follow a perfect storm of falling Chinese and diesel sales combined with doubts over U.K. competitiveness after Brexit. 

“Our results were undermined by slowing demand in China, along with continued uncertainty in Europe over diesel, Brexit and the WLTP [worldwide harmonized light vehicles test procedure] changeover,” said Jaguar Land Rover’s chief executive, Professor Dr. Ralf Speth, last October. 

XJ-S #18 FOUND IN AUSTRALIA AND LOOKING FOR A NEW OWNER

February 12, 2019

XJ-S #18 FOUND IN AUSTRALIA AND LOOKING FOR A NEW OWNER

It was Terry McGrath who noticed it, and told us that XJ-S RHD #18, which has been partially restored, has been in Australia for many years – but unknown.

These models, and particularly the earliest pre HE cars, are appreciating as we speak – and quickly.

It is a perfect restoration project and a very historic – ex-factory launch car as all of those first XJ-Ss were.

If you want to know more about it, please contact us.

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JAGUAR PARTNERS WITH MELBOURNE AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL TEAM

February 11, 2019

Jaguar Australia is excited to announce that it will be the new Co-Principal Partner of the Melbourne Football Club for the 2019 season.

The partnership will see Jaguar’s brand placed on the back of the club’s guernsey throughout the 2019 season.

Melbourne Football Club Chief Executive Officer Gary Pert said “This is a fantastic opportunity to be working with a prestigious international brand that is synonymous with luxury and performance.”

“As one of Australia’s most iconic sporting Clubs, we are extremely excited to be aligning with an organisation that shares a passion and commitment to high performance.”

Jaguar Australia’s Managing Director Mark Cameron said he is enthusiastic for Jaguar to enter into the AFL landscape and recognises the opportunity it presents to further connect to a broader Australian audience.
“AFL is the biggest sport in Australia and for us, Melbourne Football Club was an obvious choice to further grow our brand on a national scale.” 

“We were extremely impressed by Melbourne’s commitment to continually find ways to improve and their ‘never be satisfied’ mentality that we share within our business.” 

“Jaguar and Melbourne Football Club share very proud histories. Whilst both brands acknowledge the significance of the past, we both wish to create new successes to stretch ourselves as we shape our future.”

“We look forward to sharing this challenge with Melbourne,” Cameron said.

Jaguar joins Melbourne’s other Co-Principal Partner Zurich on the club’s jumper in 2019.

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MAJOR AUCTION HOUSE GETS LISTER JAGUAR HISTORY WRONG …

February 10, 2019

Astoundingly, a major international auction house which recently offered a very significant and famous ex-works Le Mans Lister Jaguar, got its history almost totally incorrect!

We know this car very well indeed and have tracked it for many years, but following Le Mans (where again they have identified  it incorrectly with the other works car) they have confused it with some other Lister Jaguar and got everything wrong – even claiming it was sold to a US racer in the early 1960s when it has never been in that country.

We would imagine that mistake would have had a significant impact on the prices it reached because it is much more important that what they stated.

We have informed them of their error and wait to see if they respond to us.

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