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200 I-PACES FOR HEATHROW CHAUFFEUR WORK

May 8, 2018

Passengers flying to and from Heathrow Airport will have access to up to 200 Jaguar I-Pace chauffeur cars starting this summer, thanks to a new deal that’ll create the UK’s largest EV chauffeur fleet.

The deal between Jaguar and travel services company We Know Group will initially put 50 cars to work, with the option to add another 150 in the next 12 months.

Heathrow said the electric fleet would support up to 1000 journeys to and from its terminals per day, reducing the airport’s annual output of nitrogen oxide by eight tonnes.

The I-Pace is Jaguar’s first all-electric model. It uses a 90kWh lithium-ion battery that’s capable of up to 298 miles of range per charge, according to the latest WLTP cycle. The average chauffeur-driven car in Britain travels 114 miles per day.

Jaguar Land Rover UK boss Jeremy Hicks said the deal with We Know Group, which has long used Jaguars on its fleet, was an example of customers’ confidence in Jagaur’s first all-electric car.

“What we have created in the Jaguar I-Pace is utterly revolutionary; a desirable, luxurious and state-of-the-art electric vehicle that’s practical for genuine everyday use, including the tough life of an airport luxury chauffeur car,” he said.

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TOP OF THE LINE E-PACE – OUR TEST

May 7, 2018

Today was a public holiday where we are, as it is in Britain.

So our Road Test Editor and former racer, Tristan Hughes, came face to face and up close to the HSE E-Pace modern classic Jaguar model.

It is brand new, and to be sure, not many of this model will be built.

It is smaller than the F-Pace, built in steel and shadows the F-Type in its sporting aspects – so what did Tristan think of it?

Well, I can tell you he drives his family in a similar sized Nissan Qashqai – so the comparison is direct and interesting!

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER EXPANDS CLASSIC WORKS TO GERMANY

May 6, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover Classic has opened a brand-new Classic Centre in Essen, Germany – the first facility of its kind outside the UK. It’s directly operated by Jaguar Land Rover Classic, to provide factory-level service in Germany.

The new 4500 sq m Jaguar Land Rover Classic Centre Germany at Essen Kettwig is overseen by Dr Ralf Klasen, head of Jaguar Land Rover Classic Germany. It follows the same format as the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, UK, which opened in June 2017, offering owners and enthusiasts a wide range of authentic Jaguar and Land Rover classic cars, services, parts and experiences.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, Tim Hannig, said: ‘The opening of Classic Works in Coventry last year gave our team the opportunity to deliver world-class vehicle services to a rapidly-increasing number of enthusiasts.

‘As the most mature classic car market in Europe, Germany is the logical first step for the global expansion of Jaguar Land Rover Classic. This new site gives us an excellent platform to cater for the needs of classic Jaguar and Land Rover owners on the continent.’

Classic Works-inspired workshop facilities enable comprehensive vehicle health checks, servicing and repairs – including engine rebuilds. Secure storage for clients’ cars is also offered, including maintenance to ensure that the cars are always ready to drive.

Both the UK and German sites are also now offering pre-owned ‘Works Legends’ classic Jaguars and Land Rovers for sale, ranging from usable daily drivers to concours-standard show cars, or rare vehicles with unique historical significance. All have to pass a 125-point healthcheck and are sold with a manufacturer-backed 12-month warranty.

The company is also introducing a new online service to support the Works Legends cars for sale at www.jaguarlandroverclassic.com/workslegends.

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F-PACE GETS UPGRADES – SVO SUPERCHARGED V8 INCLUDED

May 4, 2018
  • Five-star Euro NCAP-rated Jaguar F-PACE gains Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist
  • Touch Pro infotainment with 10-inch touchscreen now fitted as standard to Jaguar’s best-selling car
  • Enhanced cabin quality with optional new slimline sports seats, suedecloth headlining and illuminated treadplates
  • 404kW F-PACE SVR joins the 2019 model year line-up after debut at New York Auto Show
  • High performance SVR completes 0-100km/h sprint in just 4.3 seconds and features bespoke aerodynamic package, uprated brakes, SVR-tuned suspension and slimline sports seats
  • New 2019 model year derivatives available to order shortly

Jaguar has announced a series of improvements to its award-winning F-PACE performance SUV. The best-selling Jaguar delivers interior enhancements, the latest safety technology and additional consumer convenience features.

Joining the suite of driver assistance systems, Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist operates between 0-180km/h and uses the existing Adaptive Cruise Control functionality with Lane Centring to steer the vehicle within its lane as it maintains a set distance from the vehicle in front.

Other features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go that allows the driver to follow a vehicle to a smooth stop and resume from stationary when the driver prompts the system by tapping the accelerator pedal.

The radar-based High-Speed Emergency Braking enables enhanced forward collision detection. The system works between 10-160km/h and is able to detect an imminent collision, alerting the driver and applying the brakes if the driver fails to respond.

Inside the F-PACE, Jaguar’s Touch Pro infotainment with a 10-inch touchscreen is fitted as standard, while new optional slimline sports seats featuring 14-way adjustment, adjustable bolsters and slimmer seatbacks are available.

The attention to detail continues with the frameless rear view mirror, illuminated metal treadplates with Jaguar script, bright metal pedals, premium carpet mats, suedecloth headlining, chrome seat switches on the 10-way adjustable seats and carbon fibre door finishes.**

For enhanced customer convenience, petrol derivatives of the 2019 model year F-PACE benefit from a larger 82-litre fuel tank (up from 63-litres).

“The F-PACE has been critically acclaimed across the world and our performance SUV has more than 70 international awards to its name. We have updated our best-selling SUV with improved safety technology, additional convenience features and enhanced interior comfort. All of these changes deliver the experience our customers expect from a Jaguar.” Nick Collins, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar Land Rover

The F-PACE SVR made its debut at the New York International Auto Show and joins the F-PACE line-up for 2019 model year. The SVR features a 404kW, 680Nm 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine and is capable of 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 283km/h.

Engineered by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the SVR features bespoke suspension, aerodynamic enhancements and new lightweight 21 and 22-inch alloy wheels to accommodate the uprated brakes. A Variable Valve Active Exhaust system ensures the supercharged V8 engine delivers a soundtrack to match its performance. Inside, the F-PACE SVR gets slimline sports seats featuring the SVR logo while the Sport Shift Selector underlines the SUV’s sports car character.

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E-PACE TOP OF THE RANGE – OUR NEWEST TEST CAR

May 4, 2018

The E-Pace promises to be the biggest seller in the Jaguar range, as well as the most affordable.  That is no detraction, and having driven the various models at the press launch, we are now very excited to have the top-of-the-range HSE R-Dynamic P300 on extended loan for our next edition!

With its nine-speed gearbox and plenty of poke from the turboed two litre engine, this new SUV Jaguar drips with luxury while looking outstanding on its 20″ alloy wheels

We have some big plans for our testing and pure enjoyment.

There is much to look forward to and report back on in a major edition #193 feature.

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F-PACE = LARGE PREMIUM CAR OF THE YEAR

May 4, 2018

Large Premium Car of the Year – Jaguar F-Pace

It might have upset some of the purists, but Jaguar’s decision to enter the large premium car market with the F-Pace has been an unquestionable success. Refined, quiet and surprisingly efficient, the F-Pace is packed with all of Jaguar’s premium car knowhow and is one of the most popular cars at HonestJohn.co.uk.

 Dan Powell Managing Editor of HonestJohn.co.uk said: “The F-Pace has everything you’d expect from a Jaguar, with a luxurious cabin, rewarding drive and fantastic range of engines. Practical, fun and efficient, the F-Pace has enjoyed unrivalled popularity with the readers of HonestJohn.co.uk over the past 12 months and is a worthy winner of the Large Premium Car of the Year award.”

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XE PROJECT 8 OUTRIGHT RACER – ANDY WALLACE AND DAVY JONES DRIVES AT GOODWOOD

May 3, 2018

Legendary Jaguar sports car racers Andy Wallace and Davy Jones joined the Special Vehicle Operations development team at Goodwood Motor Circuit last month, declaring the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 “absolutely staggering” and “a winner” after testing it on the fast and demanding UK track.

British driver Andy Wallace won the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race in 1988 driving the Jaguar XJR-9 and was part of Jaguar’s victorious 1988 and 1991 World Sports Car Championship teams. The Goodwood test was the first time he’d driven the all-wheel-drive track-focused Project 8, which features a 600PS supercharged 5.0-litre V8 powertrain.

“Most road-legal cars on track are a massive disappointment, but Project 8 is really something. It’s absolutely staggering how it has been made to feel like a proper racing car. It keeps wanting you to push harder. It’s not bothered by Goodwood’s undulations, it just hunkers down and feels totally at ease, so you’re happy to get on the throttle earlier. It inspires confidence straight away.” – Andy Wallace

Project 8 features an all-new Carbon Ceramic Brakes (CCB) system, incorporating the latest technology to deliver consistent pedal feel, fade resistance and longevity under the most demanding conditions. It also uses motorsport-grade Synthetic Racing Fluid (SRF).

“The brake pedal feel is fantastic. It is absolutely linear and you can feel what it’s doing. The steering too is brilliant. It feels like a car that’s developed after days and days, and hours and hours, of testing. You don’t just ‘luck’ something as good as this. Anybody can build a fast car. But to build a fast car that feels this good – that’s quite an achievement.” – Andy Wallace

American Davy Jones was also a member of both the 1988 and 1991 championship winning Jaguar teams. He won the Daytona 24 Hours in 1990 in an XJR-12 (with Andy Wallace), and finished second at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1991. He later went on to win Le Mans in 1996.

“I’m used to powerful racing cars. But this feels really fast. The sheer acceleration didn’t feel all that different from a 700bhp racing prototype – and that really surprised me. It’s certainly Jaguar’s best track car I’ve driven since the sports prototype Jaguars of the 1980s and 1990s.” – Davy Jones

With world-class motorsport technology throughout, Project 8 has carbon fibre panels, adjustable aerodynamics, a unique suspension setup with adjustable ride height and camber, and is the first road car with F1-style ceramic wheel bearings. It’s also the first Jaguar with a dedicated Track Mode, which activates electronic calibration settings tailored to circuit use.

“There is no body roll, loads of grip, the braking is incredible. When you turn into a corner, it points in, when you step on the accelerator it wants to launch out of the corner. It doesn’t do anything to spook you. It’s such an accessible car to drive. The [8-speed automatic] gear shifts are so precise and so quick too.” – Davy Jones

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JAGUAR – AND THE ORIGINAL ‘LANKY YANK’

May 1, 2018

Bob Blake is a man not be known to most of us – but his work is.

The extremely tall man who was self-taught was a genius panel man and worked for Briggs Cunningham plus Jaguar from the 1950s was the quietest and nicest man who made a massive impact.

His whole story will be explained in our coming edition, and I promise you will not guess just how very brilliant and significant he was.

Think the Cunningham racers, E1A, E2A, E-Type FHC, XJ13 … and on it goes.

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AUSSIE SCOTT SHEARMAN PURCHASES SIR WILLIAM LYONS HOME

April 28, 2018

Scott Shearman is an Australian racing car enthusiast and S.S. Jaguar 100 owner who flies under the radar.  No more however if you are a Jaguar devotee.

We were informed (name no mentioned, but you know who you are JR!) perhaps six months ago that an Aussie Jaguar owner was in the process of acquiring the former home of Jaguar’s founder Sir William Lyons.  Located just out of the village of Wappenbury near Leamington Spa, Wappenbury Hall was purchased by the Lyons family in 1937 and remained in their ownership until the passing of Lady Lyons in 1985.

Now the news can be made public, and we believe Scott is very sympathetic to making the famous grand home and working farm more accessible to Jaguar devotees.

More details as they can be revealed, but next to Jaguar Land Rover buying the property, the news could not be better.

The story will be in our next edition – yes, you should subscribe to Jaguar Magazine!

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PROJECT 8 XE – GETTING EVEN MORE WICKED … FASTEST AT THE NURBURGRING

April 26, 2018
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Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations announced engineering fine-tuning on the world’s fastest road-going sedan has almost finished, ahead of production starting in June. Since its public debut at last July’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has undergone numerous enhancements to ensure it remains the fastest and most thrilling of all road-legal four-door sedans1.

The fastest high-performance sedan in the world just keeps getting better,” said John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director. “The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 development team at Special Vehicle Operations keep pushing boundaries – the drive to do that is in our designers’ and engineers’ blood.”

The Project 8 is a four-door car with genuine supercar performance. Top speed is 200mph and 0-60mph acceleration takes just 3.4 seconds. In November, it set a new four-door production-intent sedan record around the Nürburgring Nordschleife – the ‘gold’ standard for all-around high performance. Its fastest lap of 7 minutes 21.23 seconds was quicker than many supercars, and broke the old four-door record by more than 10 seconds2.

With Project 8 we set out to deliver a fast, fun and engaging car that encourages you to explore its performance,” said Mark Stanton, Special Vehicle Operations Director. “Our lap record at the Nürburgring proves we have achieved that, but now we believe we can go faster. We’re continually honing every functional aspect of the car, focusing on marginal gains to make it even quicker yet still accessible to drive.”

With a 592hp version of the legendary supercharged Jaguar 5.0-liter V8, the XE SV Project 8 is the most powerful Jaguar road car to date. No more than 300 of these limited-edition cars will be made; all hand-built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations at its Technical Center in Coventry.

The good thing about building only 300 cars, all hand-made, is that you can keep developing the car right up to the start of production,” said David Pook, Project 8 Vehicle Dynamics Manager. “And we’ve done just that. The springs have got stiffer and so have the engine mounts. The suspension arm bushes have changed. The brakes have been refined for the exact pedal feel and performance we want. This has all been done to make the car even more responsive and to handle even better.”

But the biggest changes are to software. They are all small adjustments – to improve performance, feel, responsiveness, refinement,” Pook continued. “We keep honing the whole car, relentlessly. We’re never really happy. We keep challenging ourselves to keep improving the car, and push boundaries. It’s certainly even faster, better handling and more responsive than it was six months ago. All that effort has been worth it.”

Unlike most high performance production sedans, the all-wheel drive XE SV Project 8 is studded with genuine motor racing technology. This includes, as standard, adjustable ride height, adjustable camber, an adjustable front splitter and rear wing, a flat underbody, a differential oil cooler, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 road-legal track tyres on forged 20-inch wheels – a production car first – and ceramic wheel bearings similar to those used in grand prix cars.

The front uprights, two-part upper wishbones, ball joints in place of rubber bushings, twin coil springs, dampers, lower suspension bushings, rollover protection system4 and latest specification carbon ceramic brakes are all new and bespoke to the XE SV Project 8. The only carryover body components from the standard XE are the roof and front door skins, both made from aluminum. The vented hood and flared front fenders and bumpers are made from lightweight carbon fibre.

The result of this state-of-the-art technology is improved driver feel, sharper handling responses and exceptional durability, allowing repeated high-speed track driving.

In its most extreme settings, and in ‘Track’ mode, Project 8 delivers almost 269 lbs. of downforce at 186mph1. The Project 8 is the first Jaguar to offer a Track mode, standard on both North American spec and global spec versions, which tailors driveline and stability control systems for circuit use by sharpening throttle and steering responses and tuning the dampers to their most aggressive setting4.

Power delivery and gear shifts are the most visceral we have ever offered on a Jaguar – every 1/100th of a second improvement in shift time adds up over a complete lap of the Nürburgring,” said Mark Stanton, Special Vehicle Operations Director. “Rest assured, no stone has been left unturned in our mission to make this the most rewarding Jaguar driver’s car ever.”

Two versions of the Project 8 are available globally. The four-seat version available in North America contains all the motorsport technology that is the hallmark of Project 8. In markets outside of the U.S., there is a two-seat Track Pack version that saves almost 27 lbs. in weight and includes carbon fiber racing seats, as well as four-point safety harnesses. In place of the back seat is a solid metal panel and Harness Retention Hoop, which helps boost torsional rigidity by 27 percent over the four-seat version.

 

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