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YOU ASK IAN CALLUM A QUESTION … A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

August 21, 2018

Here is a unique opportunity we at Jaguar Magazine are offering you.

Early next month I have the privilege of sharing dinner with Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum, and that includes a seperate one-on-one chat to discuss the I-Pace, electric Jaguars – or anything else.

As part of that I am happy take two or three of the best questions from any of our readers, put them to Ian, then publish his replies

The question you would like to ask is up to you, and can be as diverse as you like.  This will probably the only chance you ever have to put your burning thoughts to the legendary Jaguar design guru.

Think about it and send it to me.

Put up your question on our Facebook page, or e-mail me at les@jaguarmagazine.com

It might be you …

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GORGEOUS F-PACE 3.0 LITRE ROAD TEST CAR

August 21, 2018

It is the very top of the range and also the handsomest F-Pace we have seen.

3.0 litres from a petrol engine, AWD and a colour scheme which sets of the lines better than any other livery.

It is an F-Pace which we find more convincing than any other we have tried – the write-up will be fascinating.

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JAGUAR AND DUA LIPA TEAM UP

August 21, 2018

Jaguar and Dua Lipa, the global superstar singer-songwriter, have announced a music and technology partnership.

The British/Kosovan music artist will launch a ground-breaking collaboration with Jaguar at an exclusive gig in Amsterdam on September 3. The event kicks-off a series of Jaguar events across Europe, called The Pace: Season 1, which celebrates the brand’s popular SUV models, the E-PACE, F-PACE and I-PACE.

Dua Lipa, currently the most streamed female music artist in the world, will perform not with another artist but with the new Jaguar I-PACE – an electric performance SUV that has zero tailpipe emissions and can accelerate from       0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.

On the collaboration, Dua Lipa said: “I love to push boundaries with my music and my performances and this partnership is going to take things to an exciting new level. It’s a hi-tech project combining music and Jaguar technology, and I know my fans are going to love what we are creating together. All will be revealed on September 3 in Amsterdam.

“I’m so excited that my first car is going to be the I-PACE and to be trailblazing for the new electric generation.”

The ‘Dua Lipa x Jaguar’ collaboration launches on September 3 on Jaguar USA social channels and websites across Europe.

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WORKS LISTER JAGUAR VPP9 – ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

August 16, 2018

Believe it or not, we have been working on establishing the life of the tragic and glorious works Lister Jaguar VPP9 for more decades than we care to think about.

VPP9 is the car the great Archie Scott Brown was driving when he was killed at Spa in the first half of 1958.

The registration reappeared a few months later, and again with a different body it was the co-team car at Le Mans in 1959.  Was it all the same chassis though?

It had a chequered life after that, and ended up in Sydney where it was converted to Corvette V8 power.  By now its previous history was lost – and even the VPP9 plate on the rear meant nothing to people then.

It remained in Australia until the mid-2000s, but its full life has remained a puzzle.

Thanks to Chris Haigh in Sydney, former owner of a works prepared racing Mk1, we have been able to access images of the car never seen before – when it was drag raced with the Corvette engine.

Historically the images are priceless, and you will read in the coming edition how they fill a massive hole in the mysterious car’s long life.

It was raced in Australia and Europe by Brisbane owner Don Thallon, and with major success (above).

There are more important facts to it than I have explained here though, and more shots.

Don’t miss this edition because this is of major international importance.  The Lister Jaguar VPP9 is back in the UK by the way.

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ELECTRIC JAGUAR BREAKS RECORDS AT SHELSLEY WALSH

August 14, 2018

The Jaguar I-TYPE 2 Formula E race car has set a new electric car course record of 30.46 seconds at the world-famous Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in Worcestershire. The record attempt – a partnership between GKN Driveline and the Panasonic Jaguar Racing ABB FIA Formula E Championship team – saw New Zealander Mitch Evans pilot the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 on its dynamic debut in the UK on Sunday 12 August, breaking the previous record by 6.84 seconds.

GKN Driveline brought Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s car, the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, to Shelsley Walsh to coincide with the 113th anniversary of the very first hill climb at the historic venue. Mitch Evans’ record-setting run up the hill saw one of the most advanced electric vehicles tackling the world’s oldest motorsport venue that still uses its original course.

Gordon Day at GKN Innovation Centre, Abingdon, said: “In breaking the electric car course record with the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, we’ve helped to show the incredible potential of pure electric drive to an ever-broader group of enthusiasts. It was a privilege to partner with Panasonic Jaguar Racing on this endeavour, showcasing the I-TYPE 2 in its UK track debut with a suitably thrilling result.”

Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver, said: “It was a great honour to drive the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 at such a historic venue, and the whole team was elated with the record time we managed to achieve. Formula E fans in the UK were incredibly welcoming, and it was great to see them so excited about the car’s debut run here. I’m proud to have moved the class-best result a step further towards a potential pure electric outright hill record in the future.”

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HISTORIC S.S. JAGUAR 100 SOLD TO THE UK

August 11, 2018

Greg Berkman owned his 3.5 Litre S.S. Jaguar 100 from 1961 until 2018, but now the historic machine, which raced in the 1949 Australian Grand Prix, has found a new home.  Greg advertised his car for the first time in this magazine two editions ago.

Chassis #39029 is now heading back to the UK for the first time since 1939!

More details in our coming edition.

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HEADS DOWN ON THE NEXT EDITION – APOLOGIES

August 9, 2018

I am sorry we have not had news through here lately.

I am running behind schedule on the next edition so am keeping my head down and fingers on the keyboard.

Never fear though, if something startling happens it will be right here.

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MAX MEETS RON GAUDION FOR THE FIRST TIME

August 2, 2018

Loyal readers now know all about Aussie engineer Ron Gaudion, the only person to prepare and crew the three Le Mans winning D-Types, and a very popular star of the Goodwood Revival in 2017 – thanks to the foresight and efforts of D-Type owner Clive Beecham.

Today Ron, and his Scottish-born wife May, who met and married while Ron worked for Ecurie Ecosse in 1956/57 and part of 58, drove from their home on the Queensland Gold Coast to enjoy lunch with long time friend of this magazine and Jaguar owner/devotee, Max Joffe, and his lovely wife Lorraine.

Ron in the tartan cap prepares the ex-works Ecurie Ecosse D-Type in 1957.

Max and Lorraine flew from Melbourne to have Ron sign the underside of the passenger compartment lid of his replica D-Type.

It was a special occasion, and a huge amount of fun and you can read about it further in our next edition.

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F-PACE GETS UPDATES – Automobile

August 2, 2018

If you can’t tell the difference between the current Jaguar F-Pace and the version shown here, we don’t blame you. Despite Jaguar’s claim that the exterior has received several “enhancements” for 2019, the new F-Pace doesn’t look like it’s changed much at all. Then again, the F-Pace was already one of the best-looking crossovers on the market, so it’s not like it needed a major makeover.

 

The list of standard features has grown, though. A 10-inch touchscreen, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors are now standard. Plus, like all 2019 model-year vehicles sold in the U.S., a backup camera is now standard. Jaguar also added optional slimline seats and three new packages.

The Park Pack bundles automatic parking assist with upgraded parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert, while the Drive Pack adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and upgraded automatic emergency braking. Finally, the Driver Assist Pack includes all the features of the first two packages, as well as a surround-view camera system and lane centering.

 

Additional changes can be found under the hood where all gasoline engines now come with an emissions-reducing particulate filter. And while Jaguar’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinders will likely be the most popular engine options, we’re happy to report that the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 found in the 380-hp F-Pace S lives on for at least another year. U.S. diesel fans will also appreciate the continued inclusion of the 2.0-liter turbodiesel good for 180 hp and 318 lb-ft of torque.

 

For buyers who want even more power, Jaguar added the F-Pace SVR. Powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8, the SVR makes 550 hp and 502 lb-ft. With the help of torque-vectoring all-wheel drive and a performance-tuned eight-speed automatic, the F-Pace SVR runs from 0-60 mph in a claimed 4.1 seconds. That’s not nearly as quick as the 505-hp Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, but it’s still pretty darn quick.

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JAGUAR I-PACE TAKES ON MERCEDES IN THE GERMAN TAXI MARKET

July 28, 2018

Jaguar has delivered ten I-Pace electric SUVs to Munich’s largest taxi firm as it starts to take on Mercedes’ dominance of the German taxi market.

If you’ve ever been to Germany and used a taxi, there’s a better than even chance that taxi was a Mercedes, because Mercedes models – especially the E-Class – have been the default German taxi for as long as we can remember.

But if you go to Munich now (well, from August), you’ll actually find that not every taxi is a Mercedes, even if it looks like it, because Jaguar has now delivered 10 I-Pace electric SUVs to the largest taxi firm in Munich, long before Mercedes has a chance to do the same with their electric EQ C (which won’t arrive until 2019).

It’s a sensible move by Jaguar to steal a bit of a march on Mercedes, and Munich, with it’s poor air quality, is a good target, especially as Munich’s local government are subsidising taxi trips in EVs by 20 cents per kilometer in a bid to improve air quality.

Gregor Beiner, CEO of the Munich Taxi Centre, said:

Our drivers received a separate training session to familiarize them with an electric car and the specific features of the Jaguar. They look forward to the convenience of ‘one-pedal operation’ and noiseless driving, as well as the instant acceleration that an e-car offers.

It’s a small step for the Jaguar I-Pace deep in the heart of Germany – certainly in comparison to the up to 200 Jaguar I-Pace for Heathrow Taxis – but it’s a nicely symbolic strike.

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