It isn’t official yet, but this artists impression of what the GT4 F-Type might look like is mighty exciting.
The F-Type is an ideal racing candidate with its super-stiff lightweight aluminium body and all of that Jaguar V8 power.
Jaguar also has a long record of building sports racing cars for customers from the XK120, to C-Type, D-Type, Lightweight E-Type etc right through until the start of the Group 44 and TWR eras.
It could also be a toe-in-the-water exercise which eventually leads Jaguar officially back to its spiritual racing home – Le Mans!!!
That is something to really contemplate.
Jaguar Land Rover has reportedly filed for a number of trademarks that could point to the names of interesting future models.
Some of those trademarks include past names, such as ‘XJS’, recalling the company’s flagship coupe from 1976-1996. Others include C-XE, iXE, diXE, XEdi, XEi, CXF, CXJ, P-Type and T-type.
It’s worth remembering that carmakers file for trademarks all the time, most of which never see the light of day, but we could guess those names include proposals for an XE coupe to take on the BMW 4 Series and C-Class coupe, electric XE to match Tesla’s Model 3, hybrid and diesel plug-in hybrid models, two-door XF to rival E-Class coupe, two-door XJ to rival S-Class coupe and potentially a larger SUV, and F-Type successor.
Land Rover trademarks include Landy, Range Rover Classic, Sawtooth, Stormer and Landmark. This could suggest a rebranding for the current Range Rover, a compact SUV to sit below Discovery Sport, or perhaps another sports model that dusts off the Stormer moniker from 2004 Range Stormer concept.
Ian’s forebears were crofters on the hills behind Loch Tay. Early members of the family, the McCallum’s eventually launched themselves into the whisky business producing D & J McCallum’s Perfection Scotch Whisky.
1951 was his key year as he managed to buy an early Jaguar XK120 and took it to Edinburgh to be serviced by Merchiston Motors run by ex-grand prix driver David Murray. The service director was Wilkie Wilkinson . At the end of the season David Murray had the idea of forming a team of Scottish drivers to race nationally and possibly internationally. Ian was the cornerstone of the idea as his superb driving had been noticed by no less a person than Stirling Moss who tipped off Jaguar competitions manager Lofty England. Initially David Murray had a Jaguar XK120 and he would join Ian but his wife disapproved so he sold it to the son of a local Haulier, Bill Dobson who was also keen to race. David now had two drivers for his Ecurie Ecosse team and needed a third as Esso had offered a substantial cheque if the team ran three identical cars in racing. The third man was to be Sir James Scott Douglas a Scot living in London who also had a Jaguar.
The 1952 season saw Ecurie Ecosse arriving on the scene and winning races. Not only that, but Ian Stewart was chosen to race a factory C type Jaguar at Le Mans that year. Sadly that was the year Jaguar used a low-nose, long-tail version of the C type and the cars retired due to overheating. As a factory driver Ian was offered the chance to buy one of the customer C types that were being built and he bought chassis 06 and ran it in the Jersey Road Race having run in the engine on the drive from Coventry to the ferry to Jersey. He won first time out and had his greatest win in the car at Charterhall when in his drum-braked C type he beat Stirling Moss driving one of the new C types with disc brakes. He was again selected for the Jaguar team for the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours and finished 4th overall sharing with Peter Whitehead. By now he had been joined in Ecurie Ecosse by Ninian Sanderson and Jimmy Stewart and they were a formidable combination and one of the most successful privately entered sports car teams in period.
An invitation to race in Argentina in 1954, was taken up and Ian was to share one of the ex-factory C types with disc brakes in the race with Jimmy Stewart. It so happened that Ian’s father was in Argentina buying cattle for his pedigree stock in Scotland and was not interested in seeing his son race. He took a cargo boat back to Britain.
In the race Ian came up to lap the Porsche Spyder of Jaroslav Juhan who, in turn, was trying to overtake an even slower car. As Stewart arrived at the corner Juhan moved over and rather than hit the Porsche Ian tried to avoid Juhan and hit a wall breaking his collar bone in the accident. He was taken to hospital, but unfortunately news of this was passed on by radio to Ian’s father on board ship and by mistake was told that Ian had been killed. Needless to say he was relieved to find that Ian was not only alive, but arrived back home. At this stage Ian was given the ultimatum, give up motor racing and take over the family business or face the consequences.
As he was the only son he felt his responsibility rested with the family business and he retired from racing and never actually raced again.
Credit: Graham Gauld
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It runs! We get a shot in Jaguar’s stunning electric ‘super-SUV’ concept Before Jaguar packed its I-Pace concept up for Geneva, they allowed a select group of hacks to have a go in a running prototype of this amazing looking machine –arguably the most important new Jaguar for half a century.
The real I-Pace will go on sale sometime in 2018. “We’re about halfway through the development work of the production car,” says Dave Shaw, Jaguar’s vehicle engineering manager. “We’re on time and on track to deliver against our original promises.”
The I-Pace’s headline figures make impressive reading: 395bhp, 516lb ft of electric power and torque, 0-62mph in about four seconds, and more than 300 miles of range from a 90kWh lithium-ion drive battery than can be charged to 80 per cent of maximum capacity in 90 minutes.
The car we’re driving today only has one electric motor rather than the one per axle it will get when it goes into production, and it’s limited to 50mph. But there’s no feeling of being short-changed by the look of this vibrantly painted prototype. In common parlance, it’s gobsmacking.
It’s insured for £2 million, so we’re asked to remove our shoes and sit on a polystyrene pad so as not to mark the leather. The door is heavy – “whatever you do, don’t slam it” – and the handle is fiddly. By SUV standards, the driving position is low and the centre console is high, but the cabin feels both light and airy and snug at the same time. The curving dashboard encircle has an LCD instrument screen straight ahead and two infotainment screens – one big, one small – in that cantilevered centre stack.
The car’s early prototype status means that only one of the screens is working, but even that is only displaying flashing lines of computer code. Still, you get the sense that the system will do the job when it’s productionised. Perhaps inspired by some of the German competition, the I-Pace makes more of an event out of its ventilation controls, which resemble oversized watch bezels.
Their decorative impact is ramped up by the relative sparseness of the rest of the cabin in terms of switchgear and fittings. Having said that, there’s a fair bit of chrome about on the steering wheel and column stalks. That could be an indicator of more effort being made on perceived quality. Forward vision is excellent thanks to the low dash.
The feeling is of sitting very close to the front wheels. We’re not allowed in the back, but Jaguar tells us that the cab-forward layout frees up luxury-saloon amounts of rear passenger space plus a 530-litre boot. Like most EVs, the I-Pace only needs a light nudge of accelerator to set off at a decent lick. Its urban acceleration puts you in mind of a one-tonne supermini’s easy flexibility. We’re not told how much the car weighs, but you’d expect it to be a lot less than a Tesla Model X.
With the second motor fitted, 0-60mph in four seconds is entirely believable, if not a bit of an undersell. Concept cars always ride like supermarket trolleys, and this one is no exception.
Even with more sorted suspension it would probably struggle on its 23-inch alloy ‘show wheels’. The feel of the steering and brakes indicates that the tuning teams haven’t got to this stage of the car’s development yet, but given that it uses the same driver-pleasing double-wishbone and integral link suspension setup as the XE, XF and F-Pace, expectations for the finished car are high.
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Just revealed on senatus.net, we learn the sale time of the I-Pace.
The newly-launched Jaguar I-PACE, derived off its successful F-PACE model, is the British Marque’s first all-electric car, performance SUV, and family car all rolled into one.
Available from the second half of 2018, Jaguar’s first electric vehicle will deliver 700Nm instant torque, 400PS and 0‑100km/h in around 4 seconds. Utilizing next generation technology and future‑facing design, the I-PACE is set to deliver a zero vehicle emissions driving experience.
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Autosport reports that Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) is preparing a handful of GT4-spec F-Types for a private customer who intends to race them later this year. The automaker recruited Paul Humphrys, who designed the 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR, to head up the F-Type GT4 project.
Per Autosport, three F-Type GT4s are being built for James Holder, a co-founder of clothing company Superdry who made his entry into GT4 competition last year. Holder, who is the primary investor in this project, plans on entering his F-Types in the GT4 European Series later this year.
Building an F-Type race car is a big deal, given Jaguar’s history. While the company did provide support to a privateer effort to build a GT-spec XKR a few years ago, the F-Type GT4 will be Jaguar’s first in-house GT car since the Lightweight E-Types.
A GT4 entry is a small start for Jaguar, but considering it made a big hire from Aston Martin to get the project off the ground, you have to imagine the company wants to do more sports car racing. Nearly all the F-Type’s competitors race in various series in Europe and the US, and surely Jaguar wants in on the action.
GT racing will give Jaguar a chance to reclaim the glory of its Le Mans-winning C- and D-Types of the 1950s.
A supercharged V8 seems like a more viable option and we need to look no further than the F-Type R‘s 550 hp blown 5.0-liter V8 to understand what the British engineers could be preparing for the brand’s first super-SUV. Note that, while the F-Pace also comes in SVR form, th 575 hp output of this supercar seems like a bit too much for the F-Pace.
Nevertheless, Jaguar crossover’s competition has already stepped up the power game. Anybody in the market for a 502 hp Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio?
Since we mentioned the Jaguar F-Pace SVR, we should also talk about the potential SVR incarnation of the new Range Rover Velar. We showed you a rendering of the possible Rangie earlier this month, but the Land Rover line-up means a V8-animated Velar could risk cannibalizing the Range Rover Sport.
After all, the Land Rover models are extremely close in terms of the length, so the V8 power and the optional third row of seats are the only important aspects that prevent the newcomer from winning over a worryingly high number of RRS customers.
Until we get to find out of the SVR badge lands on the Velar, we should get to see the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR making its debut, a move that will take place by the end of the year.
This is what Jaguar Land Rover’s new design and engineering centre in Warwickshire will look like.
Work has now begun on the £200m project in Gaydon and the Coventry car maker has revealed the first images of just what the state-of-the-art facility will look like when complete.
The ambitious scheme, which involves the wholescale redevelopment of Jaguar Land Rover’s existing design and enginering centre at Gaydon, is part of the firm’s seemingly unstoppable growth.
The expansion represents the first major construction project at one of the company’s non-manufacturing sites in over a decade.
Jaguar Land Rover has pledged the new centre will become one of the world’s foremost automotive product, engineering and design sites to reflect its “ambitious plans for continued global growth”.
Chris Elliott, property programmes director for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The new design and engineering centre is a testament both to Jaguar Land Rover’s British heritage of innovation and its compelling vision for future vehicle technology.
“The new space will centralise our design, product engineering and purchasing functions in an original and modern environment, as well as creating additional capacity for the future.”
Jaguar Land Rover worked with architectural practice Bennetts Associates to design the scheme and has appointed Laing O’Rourke to build it.
In recent years Jaguar Land Rover has invested heavily in its UK vehicle manufacturing facilities at Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull to support the introduction of all-new vehicles such as the Jaguar XE, XF and F-Pace, Range Rover Evoque Convertible and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The car maker also has ongoing plans for expansion at its Whitley HQ and design centre, some of which were recently approved by Coventry City Council. In November last year it said it wants to build the next generation of elextric cars in Coventry.
In addition it is set to open a new Jaguar Land Rover Classic facility in Ryton later this year.
This will complement the firm’s Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre which opened there last year.
As well as growth in the UK Jaguar Land Rover is also expanding overseas.
Over the past five years Jaguar Land Rover has employed more than 20,000 people, taking its workforce to more than 40,000.
The company has also invested more than £11 billion in new product creation and capital expenditure.