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THE NEW MODEL XE IS BRILLIANT FOR MANY REASONS

August 8, 2019

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We have just driven the mid-life XE up-grade – and applaud Jaguar for its new marketing approach.

All Jaguars are more affordable than ever.

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FINDING THREE LONG LOST D-TYPES!!!

July 30, 2019
The Cunningham Long Nose D-Types with the team transporter and a Jack Endsley D-Type.

In edition #199 we break significant ground in a global sense by establishing the fates of three lost D-Types including XKD521 (8th at Sebring in 1956) and XKD503 which was the Ecurie Francorchamps D-Type which finished third at Le Mans in 1955!

There are three other cars involved into our investigation including the Cunningham team D-Type XKD525, which also went missing, but which we have found.

We will present the facts with images as well as historical research, and of course, at least one other D-Type as been ‘reborn’ after being scrapped.

This is as important to us as finding old masterpiece paintings, and just was exciting.

You will be intrigued too! It will be published in our next edition.

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RARE XJ-S JOINS HUGE PRIVATE COLLECTION

July 27, 2019

Studio434®, suggested to be the largest private car collection in Europe, has added a unique and rare 1989 Railton Claremont, a striking coupe designed by the late William Towns, to its growing collection. Studio434® cars have other models designed by the late William Towns including 24 Aston Martin Lagonda “Wedge” models – the world’s largest collection – plus the Hustler and Huntsman utilitarian vehicles.

The Railton Claremont is based on the Jaguar V12 XJS engine and underpinnings and was the brainchild of William Towns and is one of only two Railton tourers manufactured in 1989. The other is the Railton Fairmile, both cars were featured at the 1989 Motorfair, held at the legendary Earls Court exhibition site.

“I am a great fan of the iconic British car designer William Towns”, said Studio434® owner, Rodger Dudding,”and when I saw that the Railton Claremont was available at auction, I had to add it to our collection. It will now sit alongside our other William Towns’ designed cars including the Aston Martin Lagonda “Wedge” models, together with the unusual Hustler and Hunter vehicles”.

Studio434® now has over 460 cars and motorcycles representing models from the early 1900’s to the present day. Many of the cars are used in films and tv series including Mr Selfridge, Peaky Blinders and The Crown, most recently some of Rodger’s cars were used in the Elton John biopic Rocketman.

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HISTORIC D AND E-TYPES FOR CONCOURS

July 27, 2019

The first production Jaguar D-Type, one of history’s most prominent race cars, is set to star at the 2019 Concours of Elegance. Chassis XKD 509 is widely known as one of the most original D-Types in the world, with significant road and racing history, and will join the 15th E-Type FHC ever built in a line-up of the world’s rarest and most significant cars.

The 3.4-litre straight-six powered 1950s racer is possibly the most original D-Type in existence. It has kept its matching-numbers engine, gearbox and chassis, including the front subframe and monocoque centre-section. Its 1970s black body respray is still very much in its original condition, but was applied to the car to replace one of the most iconic in-period American racing liveries. While under the ownership of Lu Brero Sr, Chassis XKD 509 sported a wonderful matte dark blue on white colour-scheme with five unique vertical stripes down the length of the car. It was privately raced at tracks all over the globe, achieving podium spots and victories at a number of world-class motoring events.

The first production Jaguar D-Type will take pride-of-place in the palace gardens alongside the 15th E-Type FHC ever built. One of six E-Types displayed at the 1961 Scottish Motor Show, this particular example of the iconic British sportscar has played an incredibly significant role in the history of one of the country’s most renowned automotive manufacturers.

Having moved into private ownership in 1976, it was dismantled some twenty years ago with the intention of having it fully-restored, but E-Type #15 was left in pieces until it was purchased in 2013. After a 3,000-hour restoration by Classic Motor Cars, retaining the majority of its original parts, it’s now perfectly finished in its original colour of Pearl Grey – the only 1961 E-Type to be painted in this shade.

Both of these cars, the genesis of Jaguar’s sports car legend, will be joined by a collection of around 50 other historic Jaguar models at Concours of Elegance for the fifth annual Jaguar Trophy. Members of the Jaguar Drivers, E-Type and XK Clubs are set to bring along their pride and joy to the palace to be assessed by our esteemed panel of judges, before the winner is crowned on the live stage.

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JAGUAR SMASHES ITS OWN NURBURGRING RECORD IN XE SV8 PROJECT 8

July 24, 2019
The famous Nurburgring Karussell with the Project 8 en route to a 2019 lap record.

The Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations-developed XE SV Project 8 has demonstrated its breadth of performance capability by setting the fastest Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time for a four-door production car again: 7min 18.361sec.

Jaguar’s precious history – Mike Hawthorn powers his works D-Type through exactly the same spot in 1956. Photo Jaguar Magazine Archives.

This new officially-verified time on the 20.6km (12.8-mile) lap is 2.9 seconds faster than Project 8’s previous benchmark set in November 2017 and 7 seconds faster than any other four-door production car has achieved.

Project 8 is also the first vehicle to set an official whole lap record in the Nürburgring’s mid-range production car class, lapping the 20.8km (12.94-mile) circuit length in 7min 23.164sec.

Returning to the legendary German circuit in a production-specification two-seat Track Pack version of Project 8 was development driver Vincent Radermecker. The car’s height-adjustable twin-spring coil-over suspension was set in ‘track’ ride height, with adjustable front splitter and carbonfibre rear aerodynamic wing positioned for maximum downforce and stability.

To maximise performance and steering precision, for the final record runs Project 8 was fitted with new off-the-shelf ultra-high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres. Tested and chosen by SV engineers for their capability on the track, the road-legal tyres use rubber compounds directly transferred from Michelin’s competition tyres.

Jamal Hameedi, Engineering Director, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations, said: “The original Nürburgring time set by Jaguar XE SV Project 8 demonstrated the extreme performance envelope of the world’s fastest production sedan, but the SV team is driven by a motorsport mentality and we knew Project 8 could go even faster. This new official record time is a fitting reward for everyone who has played a part in pushing the boundaries for our customers with Project 8.”

Powered by the most highly tuned 600PS version of Jaguar’s 5.0-litre Supercharged V8, the all-wheel-drive Project 8 is capable of 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds) and a top speed of 200mph (320km/h). Project 8 also features a fully-enclosed flat underbody for enhanced aerodynamics, which is key to its performance.

Production of the limited-edition Project 8 will finish this year. There are three distinct four-door specifications available:

  • Lightweight two-seat Track Pack* – as used for the record lap times
  • Four-seat configuration with same aero package and performance as Track Pack
  • Touring specification with discreet fixed rear spoiler – the ultimate Q-car, limited to 15 examples worldwide and 186mph.

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MORE INFO ON EXCITING COMING JAGUARS – from Car and Driver

July 24, 2019
F-Type prototype under recent test.

Jaguar has confirmed that it will make a large J-Pace SUV and will replace the XE and the F-type. We already knew about the all-electric next-gen XJ sedan, but this is the first official word about the others.

The J-Pace SUV has been talked about for years. It will be larger than the mid-size F-Pace, competing with the likes of the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne. We expect the J-Pace to ride on the same new platform as the XJ EV and use the brand’s new inline-six engine.

Jaguar also confirmed that both the XE sedan and the F-type sports car will be getting “replacements,” although it didn’t say whether these models will be direct next-gen models or something slightly different. The XE was just facelifted for 2020, so a new generation is still at least a few years off.

We recently saw spy photos of a facelift for the F-type, which should debut by the end of the year, but it’s unclear if this is the F-type replacement that Jaguar is talking about. Previous rumors have pointed to an all-electric second generation of the F-type, something we think is likely, given that the XJ is becoming an EV as well.

Finally, in a bit of a surprise move, Jaguar mentioned that “considerably less expensive ‘baby Jags'” that could be called the A-Pace or B-Pace haven’t been ruled out. Given that these models were mentioned along with the other cars World Car of the Year jurors were shown, we think they are at least partway through the initial design phase. Jaguar said the baby Jags will be eligible for the organization’s World Urban Car award in the next decade, putting them in the same size class as cars such as the Kia Soul.

The electric XJ should be revealed by the end of 2019, but the debut dates for these other new models are unclear. We think the J-Pace is the most likely to come next, possibly debuting next year as a 2021 model. The cars shown to the jurors will be the last to be designed or influenced by Ian Callum, who recently left the company after 20 years and was the one presenting the new models.

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JAGUAR SHOWS ITS FUTURE MODELS – AND JLR IS NOT FOR SALE

July 20, 2019

After its unprecedented triple win in the 2019 World Car Awards, Jaguar has unlocked the high security doors of its hallowed Coventry design studios and other buildings to give a sneak peak of its premium models for the 2020s and beyond.    

Dr Speth, JLR CEO, revealed: “Our decision to create I-PACE started with an idea, two glasses of wine and a clean sheet of paper,” he revealed. 

“The team from this produced a consequential designed and engineered vehicle using the freedom of new, pure-electric vehicle technology. The Word Car organisation’s decision to award this 100 per cent-electric model an unprecedented three trophies demonstrates that we are on track to achieving our goal of Destination Zero – that’s a world of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.” 

Despite those highly ambitious aims for the long-term future, Jaguar is not immediately turning its back on buyers who prefer conventional petrol or diesel power. However, in the years ahead the company insists its main focus will be on part-electric or pure-electric vehicles designed and mostly built in Britain – with electronic drive units and battery packs British made, too. Another promise is that there will be “electrified options” for all new Jaguar models from 2020. 

Among them are the replacements for the current XE and F-TYPE, the all-new J-PACE SUV, plus the flagship model all-electric XJ which will succeed the combustion version which rolled off the production line for the last time on July 5.

Additionally, considerably less expensive ‘baby Jags’ (possibly badged A-PACE or B-PACE) willing and able to compete for coveted World Urban Car awards in the 2020s have not been ruled out. 

Another first at the vault-like Whitley studios was a session involving 150 senior Jaguar employees quizzing their World Car juror guests on how they carry out their high mileage work, assessing and driving hundreds of contender cars on public roads and test tracks in all corners of the world, including Pasadena, Greater Los Angeles, where World Car’s ‘LA Test Drives’ programme takes place over four busy days towards the end of each year.

CEO Speth ended the dedicated ‘World Car Day’ at Jaguar’s Global HQ by concluding:

“Jaguar values modern mobility as a basic right, and environmental protection as an obligation.”

He also talked realistically, enthusiastically and repeatedly about “affordability” being a crucially important factor in encouraging consumers across the globe to buy part-electric or pure-electric vehicles.

And Dr Speth stressed that Jaguar (plus sister manufacturer, Land Rover) are definitely not for sale to Peugeot-Citroen, Fiat-Chrysler, Hyundai-Kia or any other other motor manufacturing companies.  

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER TRIAL PLASTIC RECYCLING

July 19, 2019

 Jaguar Land Rover is trialling an innovative recycling process which converts plastic waste into a new premium grade material that could feature on future vehicles.

It’s estimated that the amount of waste plastic is predicted to exceed 12 million tonnes globally by 2050*. Today, not all of this plastic can be recycled for use in automotive applications – especially in vehicle parts that are required to meet the most exacting safety and quality standards.

Working in conjunction with chemical company, BASF, Jaguar Land Rover is part of a pilot project called ChemCycling that upcycles domestic waste plastic, otherwise destined for landfill or incinerators, into a new high-quality material.

The waste plastic is transformed to pyrolysis oil using a thermochemical process. This secondary raw material is then fed into BASF’s production chain as a replacement for fossil resources; ultimately producing a new premium grade that replicates the high quality and performance of ‘virgin’ plastics. Importantly, it can be tempered and coloured making it the ideal sustainable solution for designing the next-generation dashboards and exterior-surfaces in Jaguar and Land Rover models.

Jaguar Land Rover and BASF are currently testing the pilot phase material in a Jaguar I-PACE prototype front-end carrier overmoulding to verify it meets the same stringent safety requirements of the existing original part.

Pending the outcome of the trials and progression in taking chemical recycling to market readiness, adoption of the new premium material would mean Jaguar Land Rover could use domestically derived recycled plastic content throughout its cars without any compromise to quality or safety performance

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IAN CALLUM STARTING HIS OWN COMPANY – WITH A FOCUS ON JAGUAR – FROM CAR AND DRIVER

July 18, 2019

Jaguar’s recently departed design director, Ian Callum, was never destined for a quiet retirement or life on a golf course. Now we know why he left his coveted role at the British luxury brand: to start his own consultancy, one that will be offering design and engineering to help create limited-run products, not all of which will be cars.

Callum’s career has more highlights than practically any other. As Aston Martin’s chief designer, he was responsible for the DB7, the original Vanquish, and most of the work on the DB9 and the previous-generation Vantage, although he had left the company before they were launched. He went from there to Jaguar, leading design for 20 years and with a portfolio that ran from the original XK to the I-Pace. The first question when Car and Driver spoke to him about his new company, which will be named Callum, was why he chose to leave the security of his old job for the risk of the new one. 

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Callum logo. Nick Dimbleby

“I’ve always had the ambition to work for myself,” Callum said, “to come in to work in the morning and do what I want, not do what somebody else wants . . . I’ve been hugely fortunate in my career, but this was something I felt it was the right time to do.”Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Callum’s relationship with Jaguar isn’t over—he still has a contract as a brand ambassador—but he insisted he doesn’t mind that cars he has led most of the work on will be shown by and maybe even credited to somebody else.

“There are some cars coming I feel very close to, like the next XJ,” he said. “There are a couple of facelifts next year, which are already done, and something after that I still can’t talk about. But it is [replacement design director] Julian Thomson’s domain now, and that’s how it should be. There’s always an overlap.

“Julian is gracious enough. He’s never going to stand there and claim all the credit, and I’m not precious about these things. I know who did it, and those who need to know know as well.”

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Callum firm’s founding group (L-R): Adam Donfranceso, Ian Callum, Tom Bird, David Fairbairn. Nick Dimbleby

This new Callum firm is more than just Callum’s personal project. The company is launching with a staff of 18, including project director David Fairbairn, who previously did much of the work to bring the lightweight Jaguar E-type re-creation to market. While the company will be drawing from some of the founder’s back catalog as a source of projects, Callum insisted these won’t be its sole focus.

However: “I’d like to take some of the cars I’ve designed and maybe redo them a little bit,” Callum admitted. “It’s a good starting point because I think I’ve got the right to take those cars and do something with them, whether they are Astons or Jaguars. But ultimately I want to do something more than that—to work on forward-looking projects. I don’t want to be seen as just a chop shop.”

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OUR NEWEST MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED NOW

July 15, 2019

Jaguar Magazine edition #198 is now out and about.

We have a strong mixture of stories ranging from historic to ultra modern including many totally exclusive to Jaguar Magazine.

Take our lapping of the historic and demanding Lakeside circuit in Jaguar’s most power saloon ever built – the almost 600 bhp XE Project 8. That was a huge scoop and an honour, and some of our images capture the car with our editor on board at full pace.

Of course, we pay our tribute to the legendary Norman Dewis, a man whose like will not emerge again in this era of specialists. We do the same for other Jaguar key figures Jim Randle, Jim Percival and former Jaguar F1 boss Niki Lauda.

Then we have the never-known story on Jack Bryson, Australia’s first and biggest Jaguar distributor who Sir William Lyons said was the most entrepreneurial man he ever did business with.

He also saved Jaguar from extinction in 1964!!!

We trace what is the incredible tale of an illegitimate birth outside Australia, his name which was not Jack Bryson and a virtual adoption. Yet he ended his life as one of the richest men in Australia – then who lost all of his family members except his eldest son, in tragic circumstances before he died aged 69.

And that is nothing compared to the rest of his life!

We also reveal that TWR built new copies of many of its Silk Cut, Castrol and Bud Light V12 Jaguars and sold them to unsuspecting people as the genuine original racing car!

We show that in detail, how it was achieved and even reveal the chassis numbers of the faked cars – using TWR records!

Think a 2.0 litre F-Type might just be a bit tame and boring? We wondered that too, but came away enormously impressed by the Coupe’s speed, race-inspired handling – and exhaust noise. It makes incredible value for money.

How about finding the wife, and children of the late-Jock Lawrence, Ecurie Ecosse’s D-Type second placed driver at Le Mans in 1957 in Auckland? It’s true. Jock and his new wife moved there in the very early 60s, and Jock remained with them until shortly before he died.

We have lots of images and the story from his wife and friends.

… and that truly is just the start of what is in our latest edition.

We sell our magazine globally, but outside of Australia and New Zealand you you need to subscribe because it is not financially viable to sell in shops elsewhere. We would love to have you as part of our ‘family’.

The world’s first independent Jaguar publication – since 1984.

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