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EX-JORDAN RODDY XJR-15 BEING OFFERED AT AUD$1,050,000

February 23, 2017
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We followed the mammoth restoration of Jordan Roddy’s XJR-15, a car he found heavily modified for university testing, in Japan. Twelve months ago we gave it the only road test when our road test editor took it out on closed roads within days of its sale to the Gosford Classic Car Museum.
 
It became our cover car,
 
Now the same car is being offered by the museum for a cool A$1,050,000.
Only four XJR-15s reside in the southern hemisphere, two each in Sydney and Melbourne. Chassis 018 was fully restored by Jordan Roddy’s Bespoke Motors in Moorabbin.
 
This XJR-15 has travelled a mere 710km with only a handful of those completed since the restoration.
 
In concept the XJR-15 was a road-going version of the Le Mans-winning Jaguar XJR-9. It was the first road car to be built completely out of carbon fibre, though its competition focus meant it definitely put the racer in road-racer.
 
Power came from a 6.0-litre V12 producing 336kW/570Nm. That might not seem much by today’s standards, but the XJR-15 weighed just 1050kg, of which almost a third was engine.
 
Jaguar XJR-15 performance was vivid, with 0-60mph (0-97km/h) claimed to take just 3.9 sec and a top speed of 307km/h. Unfortunately, raising the ride height to make it suitable for the road limited the effectiveness of the aerodynamics and led to very lively handling at the limit.
 
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JAGUAR SOON TO REVEAL ITS RED HOT F-PACE SVR – autoevolution.com

February 23, 2017
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Jaguar is now on its way to introduce its first super-SUV, which will come in the form of the F-Pace SVR. The high-riding velocity tool is no in the final phases of its development and you are now looking at the latest spyshots of the vehicle.
2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR SpiedThe regular F-Pace, is we may call it so, has become the quickest-selling Jaguar in the history of the brand, so it was only natural for the British automaker to bring us a range-topper for the crossover.
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The most power F-Pace to date is the S model, which is animated by a supercharged V6 mill churning out 380 ponies. The SVR badge should receive Jaguar Land Rover’s blown 5.0-liter V8, but the ground clearance-friendly Jag might not get the engine in its most potent form.
 
As such, we could expect the F-Pace SVR to pack under 550 hp. Saying it like that makes it sound like the newcomer will be less than a maniacal machine, but that’s far from the truth.
 
A reasonable expectation would be a 500 hp output, one that will allow the vehicle’s 0 to 60 mph sprint to sit at around four seconds.
 
With the German competition being as sharp as ever, Jaguar needs to make full use of its feline assets. As such, expect to receive an addictive mix involving an aggressive tune that will make the driving experience similar to a wildcat playtime session and a serenity-delivering mood that will surface once the driver decides to step off the gas.
 
Jaguar should gift us with the F-Pace SVR by the end of the year, with the blown SUV set to land as a 2018 model.
 
This is also an excellent opportunity to remind you that, last fall, we saw the sprint-friendly crossover doing its thing on the Nurburgring – check out the clip below for a vivid reminder. Oh, and by the way, we wouldn’t trust that partially-muffled aural experience delivered by the prototype.
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F-PACE CROWNED 'BEST SUV' FLEET WORLD

February 23, 2017
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The Jaguar F-PACE, the fastest-selling Jaguar ever, has been crowned Fleet World’s ‘Best SUV’ at the annual Fleet World Honours. With an aluminium-intensive construction and ultra-efficient Ingenium engines, the F-PACE was not only praised for being great to drive, but also for its low cost of ownership figures and modern technology.
 
The Jaguar F-PACE has won yet another major award in 2017, having been crowned ‘Best SUV’ at the Fleet World Honours
Fleet World judges praised the F-PACE for its impressive all-round abilities as an engaging drivers’ car, a genuinely practical SUV and a very accomplished fleet proposition.
 
The F-PACE has already picked up more than 30 global awards and is the fastest-selling Jaguar ever, with more than 50,000 sold globally since its April 2016 launch.
 
Recently updated F-PACE boasts an even wider range of engines, including a new 20d 163PS variant boasting CO2 emissions as slow as 126g/km.
 
“The long-awaited F-PACE offers an impressive all-round package, somehow managing to be both an engaging drivers’ car and a genuinely practical SUV. Plentiful use of aluminium to save weight helps both agility and fuel consumption, there’s plenty of room and useful tech inside, and two and four-wheel-drive versions to suit drivers’ needs.”
STEVE MOODY
 
FLEET WORLD PUBLISHER
 
“The honour is the fourth major global award won by the F-PACE this year, and the 31st since it was introduced in 2016. Already in the F-PACE’s trophy cabinet is Auto Express’ Car of the Year title and Women’s World Car of the Year for 2016.
 
“We have been working extremely hard to introduce a range of Jaguar and Land Rover models that are not only very desirable but also make good financial case for the fleet market. Our lightweight, low-emissions models, including the F-PACE, have been hugely successful among fleet and business buyers, and we’re constantly updating the range to ensure we stay ahead of our rivals.”
JON WACKETT
 
FLEET & BUSINESS GENERAL MANAGER, JAGUAR LAND ROVER UK
 
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JAGUAR MAKES A BIG LEAP FORWARD IN FORMULA E RACING

February 22, 2017

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Jaguar was surprised to be in contention for its first Formula E points in last weekend’s Buenos Aires ePrix.

Mitch Evans’s seventh-place start was the best qualifying performance by the British manufacturer in its debut Formula E season, and he ran well inside the top 10 in the opening stint.

Poor efficiency in the second stint dropped him out of the points-paying positions and a five-second time penalty for speeding under an early full-course yellow, caused by his team-mate Adam Carroll, meant Evans was eventually classified 13th.

It still marked a big improvement in performance from Jaguar, which was off the pace in Hong Kong and Marrakech and remains the only team yet to score a point in Formula E.

“We thought we had a great chance [of points] after the car swap,” Jaguar team director James Barclay told Autosport.

“What did slightly surprise us is this is our hardest challenge to date, this was the first track everyone’s been to.

“So if anything, doing it here, making that step here, was really impressive to see.

“There’s a little bit of a positive surprise there, but it’s really good to see what we thought we were going to see materialise – and on a track everyone’s been to twice before.”

Prior to Evans’s qualifying effort, in which he set a time 0.75 seconds slower than Jean-Eric Vergne’s benchmark, Jaguar’s best qualifying result was 14th and it had been 1.3s off the pace at previous events.

Evans said missing out on points should not detract from the team “making great strides” after “an absolute mess” in the first two races.

“I was hanging with the guys in front pretty comfortably and was pretty happy, and had a great pitstop,” he added.

“The whole second stint was really tough, I couldn’t match the energy targets as I could in the first stint and gradually got eaten up.”

Though the New Zealander conceded that Jaguar still has “a long way to go on ultimate pace”, he praised the improvements made on the car’s set-up.

“It was the best I’ve felt in a Formula E car,” he said of his qualifying lap. “I felt great as soon as I left the pits.

“You need that confidence in this car, especially one lap at 200kW and on the brakes, or you’ll either be in the wall or just slow.”

Carroll had a tougher event, struggling with the set-up throughout and then sparking the early caution when his car failed to launch, though he got going just in time to avoid falling a lap down.

Barclay was not sure if Carroll’s problem was a driver or system error, but admitted the team needed to deal with full-course yellows better in the future as both drivers were penalised for speeding.

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HERE COMES THE XE SVR FLAGSHIP SALOON SPEEDSTER

February 21, 2017
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Jaguar is reportedly in the process of developing the XE SVR (not the model pictured here!), a high-performance variant of the compact luxury sports sedan.
 
While the British automobile manufacturer has yet to confirm this speculation, AutoExpress has found out that Special Vehicles Operations, in charge of developing high-performance versions of Jaguar’s vehicles, is currently benchmarking the sports sedan.
 
If proven to be accurate, the XE will join two other vehicles who have received the SVR treatment — the F-Type sports car and the Range Rover Sport midsize sports utility vehicle (SUV). As such, the XE SVR will most likely be powered by the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission featured in these vehicles. On the F-Type SVR, this powertrain delivers 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
 
According to the publication, the XE SVR could receive up to 500 horsepower and will be able to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour (mph) in under four seconds.
 
To compare, the current range-topping model, XE S, is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 powertrain that yields 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet or torque. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
 
All the 2017 Jaguar XE models come with a rear-wheel drive system. However, to compensate for the SVR variant’s additional power, it could be launched as a four-wheel drive. This, in turn, will lead to a 110-pound weight gain.
 
In terms of design, AutoExpress noted that the XE SVR will look similar to the F-Type SVR and Range Rover SVR with aggressive bumpers and side skirts, blistered arches and larger brakes. There will also be enhancements made to the chassis, springs and dampers. Furthermore, the high-performance sports sedan may also receive an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
 
There’s no exact release date for the Jaguar XE SVR but it is said to arrive “almost halfway through the saloon’s lifecycle.”
 
Once released, it is expected to rival the BMW M3, powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine with 426 horsepower; the Mercedes-AMG C63 with a 503-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine; and the upcoming Audi RS 4 equipped with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine estimated to deliver around 500 horsepower.
 
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JAGUAR SCORES ITS BEST QUALIFYING FOR ARGENTINA RACE

February 19, 2017
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Buenos Aires, Argentina – 18 February 2017
 
Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s South American FIA Formula E debut in Argentina produced more positives for the series’ newest team. Mitch Evans put together an impressive lap during qualifying to start from P7, just two positions outside the Super Pole group. It was the first top ten position for the British team in only its third race. The New Zealander also put in a P3 time early in the first practice session. His teammate Adam Carroll struggled to find confidence in his car set up and started the race in P15.
Mitch’s race was busy from lights to flag as he battled with Nico Prost and Felix Rosenqvist into the first corner pushing him down the order to P9. During the first stint the Jaguar I-TYPE driver managed to regain the two positions with some great race craft. Adam’s race was compromised from the start when his car failed to get off the grid before he was able to start one lap down on the field.
Ultimately Mitch narrowly missed out on the team’s debut points finishing P13. Adam did his best to fight back to finish P17 in front of Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist. He maximised the opportunity to gain valuable track time and crucial data for the team to analyse ahead of the next race.
James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Team Director: “This was our best qualifying result this season. A really great job by everyone in the team for making positive steps forward since our last race in Marrakesh in November. Things have truly come together and Mitch did really well managing to run with the front pack. The team should be really proud of what we have achieved today as we moved the performance forward and bridged the gap to the other teams. We have achieved a lot in only three races.”
“As always, we are here to improve, especially now in our first year of the championship, our learning year. It was a real shame for Adam to have an issue at the start and it was a huge fight to get back and catch up with the rest of the pack but he did a great job. This gave us the chance to try a few different set ups which is great for data capture. In summary we are moving in the right directions and can’t wait for our next race in Mexico.”
 
Mitch Evans, #20, P13: “It was great to come away from qualifying feeling satisfied with our performance. The team has worked really hard to make progress. We’ve made a really good step forward and that is evident from the result in qualifying.”
“The first half of the race was good but I got a bit shuffled around in the beginning which meant that I lost two places which was a bit disappointing, but then the full course yellow neutralised everything and I made up a few places. After that I was running with the front guys. I was happy with the pace and the energy management was going according to plan.”
“I was looking forward to holding my position in the second stint, but unfortunately I was struggling to manage the energy for some reason and couldn’t push as hard as before. I dropped four places and ended up just out of the points. It was really disappointing not to come away with our first points but it just wasn’t meant to be this time. I’m really looking forward to Mexico and this weekend has been a really good motivator for the whole team and a good confidence builder. We will build on that and keep improving as a team.”
 
Adam Carroll, #47, P17: “Today was tough. The start of the day was promising, we just lost our way a little bit in the second practice as we wanted to keep the car safe for qualifying and not risk anything. I obviously hoped to be a lot faster than I was, but I can improve on that. I’d hoped to have a strong race and come through but I had an issue with the start, right when I was about to take off I couldn’t launch the car. We’re not sure why and it’s something that the engineers are looking into now. Luckily, I was able to get going and could continue and complete the race. We got a lot of good data out of it but unfortunately no result this time.”
 
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PRICELESS VIDEO OF SIR WILLIAM LYONS FROM YOU TUBE

February 18, 2017

PRICELESS VIDEO OF SIR WILLIAM LYONS FROM YOU TUBE

A member of the JDC in the UK posted this today – and we just had to share this video which not only lets you know and hear the wonderful Jaguar founder – but he also explains the meaning of S.S. for the only time I believe.

This is incredible history.

JAGUAR SET FOR 7 NEW OR UPGRADED SHOWROOMS IN LONDON

February 16, 2017
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Jaguar Land Rover is to boost its London sales operation with seven new or upgraded retail facilities.
 
They will be in addition to the three existing ‘Arch’ corporate identity sites in West London, Stratford and Battersea.
 
Among the new retailers is a development at Sunbury-on-Thames which will be a ‘global statement site’ for the UK, boasting 17,000sq/m of floor space.
 
Operated by Sytner Group Ltd, the new Jaguar Land Rover site will be based just off the M3 motorway into London, said to be seen by around 72,000 drivers every day.
 
Construction on the site is set to begin in August and be completed at the end of 2019. It will include special vehicle operations and Jaguar Land Rover Classic divisions.
 
Joining the Sunbury-on-Thames retail location is another to be based at Staples Corner, at the interchange between the North Circular and Edgware Road flyover.
 
Operated by Spire Automotive (owned by Group 1 Automotive), the building provides over 8,000 square-metres of accommodation arranged around a central atrium to draw customers up through the showroom.
 
Work on the new Staples Corner showroom will begin in April, and will be completed by October 2018.
 
By the end of 2019 Jaguar Land Rover will have 10 new or upgraded retailers in London, along with four supporting authorised repairers.
 
Jaguar Land Rover UK managing director Jeremy Hicks said: “The Jaguar Land Rover business has seen huge sales growth and significant development of its model range in recent years, and our retail partners are evolving the sales network to reflect that.
 
“These new London sites not only make it more convenient for our customers in the capital but they also provide a significant boost to our visibility, with cutting-edge design and an ideal showcase for our vehicles.”
 
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THE SCOTT BROWN CRASH LISTER JAGUAR – WAS IT REUSED?

February 16, 2017

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It has been debated for decades whether the works Knobbly Lister Jaguar VPP9 was rebuilt following the horrible fatal crash of Archie Scott Brown at Spa in 1958.

 
Many highly esteemed authorities including Doug Nye, a man we respect enormously, have said no, but I have studied the subject for many decades and know the Costin bodied Lister Jaguar VPP9 very very well.
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It was in Australia from 1962 until about a decade ago when Brisbane racer Don Thallon sold the car in the UK. It has changed hands a few times since and been crashed.
 
However, I don’t think anyone has documented the continuous history of this particular car as closely, or found people involved with the car – and fake Listers too.
 
In edition #186 we will publish what I think is a very compelling case to show the ex-Thallon car is the car Archie was driving at Spa and back that up with high quality photographs.
 
We also show exactly why the car immediately burst into a fireball when it slid off the road exactly where the modern Spa pits are today, and then struck a stone marker erected at the spot where Richard Seaman died in 1939 driving a Mercedes-Benz W154. He was just 26.
 
Maybe we can proved a piece of history Brian Lister himself didn’t want to discuss?
 
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WAS ARCHIE'S CRASH LISTER JAGUAR REGURGITATED? REVELATIONS IN EDITION #186.

February 16, 2017
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It has been debated for decades whether the works Knobbly Lister Jaguar VPP9 was rebuilt following the horrible fatal crash of Archie Scott Brown at Spa in 1958.
 
Many highly esteemed authorities including Doug Nye, a man we respect enormously, have said no, but I have studied the subject for many decades and know the Costin bodied Lister Jaguar VPP9 very very well.
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It was in Australia from 1962 until about a decade ago when Brisbane racer Don Thallon sold the car in the UK. It has changed hands a few times since and been crashed.
 
However, I don’t think anyone has documented the continuous history of this particular car as closely, or found people involved with the car – and fake Listers too.
 
In edition #186 we will publish what I think is a very compelling case to show the ex-Thallon car is the car Archie was driving at Spa and back that up with high quality photographs.
 
We also show exactly why the car immediately burst into a fireball when it slid off the road exactly where the modern Spa pits are today, and then struck a stone marker erected at the spot where Richard Seaman died in 1939 driving a Mercedes-Benz W154. He was just 26.
 
Maybe we can proved a piece of history Brian Lister himself didn’t want to discuss?
 
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