Dateline Whitley, UK – July 11th 2018: Go I-PACE
Jaguar has launched an intelligent app to help drivers experience life with its all-electric I-PACE before even getting behind the wheel. The Go I-PACE app captures journey data to calculate potential cost savings, show how much battery would be used per trip and tell users how many charges they would need in a week if they were driving the I-PACE.
As it builds a unique picture of a vehicle’s use, the app will even show how many journeys, if any, would have needed a stop to charge the EV’s advanced Lithium-ion battery. Journeys over 50 miles represent only two per cent of all UK trips*. I-PACE, which has a maximum range of 298 miles (WLTP), could complete 98 per cent of these using just a fraction of a single charge.
When opening the app, users can enter the real-world fuel economy of their existing vehicle to calculate the cost savings switching to the I-PACE would deliver. Once enough journeys have been logged, the app will estimate the range drivers can expect to achieve from a full charge. An interactive map allows users to search for the nearest charging points along a chosen route or within a local area.
Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar I-PACE said: “Making the switch to EV ownership is a big decision. We’re confident anyone who experiences the I-PACE will relish its engaging driving dynamics, performance, practicality and comfort. What a test drive doesn’t show is the lower running costs and convenience of living with our electric performance SUV on a daily basis. The Go I-PACE app is designed to help potential customers make an informed decision.”
Compatible with Apple operating systems, the Go I-PACE app runs in the background and uses the device’s location services to track individual journeys. It can also distinguish between different modes of transport to make sure it collects accurate data, even prompting users to confirm that individual trips were made by car for unusual routes – for instance on journeys made by cycling rather than behind the wheel.
Dateline Whitley – July 4th 2018: JLR vs Brexit
Britain’s biggest vehicle manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover, has warned it may have to rethink billions of pounds of UK investment, while its 40,000 British employees would face an uncertain future, if the UK leaves the EU single market. The company said it needed greater certainty to continue to invest heavily in the UK, in a statement released two days before Theresa May is due to meet ministers at Chequers to discuss the post-Brexit deal they will seek with Brussels.
“A bad Brexit deal would cost Jaguar Land Rover more than £1.2bn profit each year,” said the firm’s chief executive, Ralf Speth. “As a result, we would have to drastically adjust our spending profile – we have spent around £50bn in the UK in the past five years, with plans for a further £80bn more in the next five. This would be in jeopardy should we be faced with the wrong outcome.”
The warning comes after other major employers, BMW and Airbus, said their positions in the UK would be in doubt if their production processes were threatened by the terms of the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU.
In his statement, Speth said: “Jaguar Land Rover’s heart and soul is in the UK. However, we, and our partners in the supply chain, face an unpredictable future if the Brexit negotiations do not maintain free and frictionless trade with the EU and unrestricted access to the single market. We urgently need greater certainty to continue to invest heavily in the UK and safeguard our suppliers, customers and 40,000 British-based employees.”
Jaguar Land Rover has said that all of its new vehicles will be electrified from 2020 onwards; processes that offer “significant economic and productivity opportunities”, Speth said. “Get Brexit wrong and British people, businesses and broader society lose the chance to lead in smart mobility.”
He added: “For more than 250 years, since the era of Adam Smith, Britain has championed free markets and made the case for free trade. If the UK automotive industry is to remain globally competitive and protect 300 000 jobs in Jaguar Land Rover and our supply chain, we must retain tariff and customs-free access to trade and talent with no change to current EU regulations.”
In response to the statement, the business secretary Greg Clark said Jaguar Land Rover was a “great British success story” that ministers were “determined to make sure ... can continue to prosper and to invest in Britain”.
Officials in Brussels have already dismissed a draft of May’s Brexit plan as unrealistic, with one hinting that they felt the UK was trying to have its cake and eat it. “We read the white paper and we read ‘cake’,” the official told the Guardian on Monday. It is believed that the prime minister favours a proposal that would have the UK remaining within the single market for good, while restricting the commitment to freedom of movement of people. But EU officials are thought to be dead against abandoning one of the bloc’s founding principles.
Dateline Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – June 24th 2018: World Driving Day
Female racing driver Aseel Al Hamad celebrated the end of the ban on women drivers with a lap of honour in a Jaguar F-TYPE. Aseel, the first female board member of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, had never driven on a track in her home country before.
Aseel joined Jaguar in a call for June 24th to be known as World Driving Day – a day when finally, the whole world can enjoy the thrill of being behind the wheel of a car. On World Driving Day Jaguar invites people to share a memory of their best driving moment (image or anecdote) using the #worlddrivingday.
“Having loved cars since I was a child, today is highly emotional for me. This is the best driving moment of my life. What better way to kick off World Driving Day than a lap of honour in my home country in a Jaguar F-TYPE – the ultimate car to roar around the track. “. Aseel Al Hamad
Dateline Conniston Water – June 15th 2018: Jaguar Vector Racing Breaks Maritime Electric World Speed Record
Jaguar Vector Racing has broken the outright world and national electric speed records in a battery-powered boat. The unique Jaguar Vector V20E recorded an average speed of 142.60km/h across the two legs of the famous 1km course on Coniston Water, England.
The electric boat was designed and constructed by Jaguar Vector in partnership with Jaguar Racing’s technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering. Jaguar Vector co-founder and technical director Peter Dredge piloted the V20E.
Following Jaguar’s announcement in October 2017 to become the exclusive title partner of Vector, the team will attempt further world and national records over the next 18 months as part of a major initiative to push the boundaries of performance and to showcase British engineering.
Dateline Berlin – May 19th 2018: Panasonic Jaguar Racing Return to Points Scoring Form
Panasonic Jaguar Racing returned to the points today with a hard fought sixth place finish at the Berlin E-Prix at Tempelhof Airport circuit.
Before the race, Panasonic Jaguar Racing discovered Mitch Evans was unable to provide radio feedback however he could still hear the team’s communications. Despite this, he brought his Jaguar I-TYPE 2 home higher than his qualifying position of ninth to demonstrate his natural racing ability and the strong team dynamic that exists between the driver and engineers.
Mitch and team mate Nelson Piquet Jr instantly gained places on the opening laps and settled into their race strategies on the notoriously hard temporary Templehof circuit. During one of the longest races of the championship, Mitch consistently matched the energy levels of the race leaders but was unable to break into the top five.
During the latter stages of the race Nelson’s smooth driving style and his ability to conserve energy was on full display. In the last five laps Nelson jumped from 13th to tenth in a series of skilful overtaking manoeuvres. As he battled for ninth on the last lap he overshot turn one and lost a number of places. He rejoined the circuit in 12th place a position he held to the finish.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing now move on to Switzerland for the inaugural Zurich E-Prix, the tenth E-Prix of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with Mitch sitting seventh and Nelson eighth. The British team retain fifth place in the team’s standings.
James Barclay, Team Director, Panasonic Jaguar Racing: “After a tough day it is good to be leaving Berlin with a points finish but it could have been a better day for the team. Both Nelson and Mitch raced well and with just three remaining E-Prix this season the whole of Panasonic Jaguar Racing are determined to finish strongly.”
Mitch Evans, #20: “Finishing in the points is the best we could have hoped for after a tough day. I was feeling optimistic before we started and thought we had a good chance. We haven’t felt massively comfortable with the set up all day but I’m happy with the race and taking points home is a solid result.”
Nelson Piquet Jr, #3: “A hard weekend where we struggled to get the best out of the car. The race was promising and we were due to finish in the points before my last lap incident. We finished with good pace and look forward to challenging higher up the grid in Zurich.”
Dateline Nurburgring – May 8th 2018: Hail an F-Type SVR and XJR575 Race Taxi
Performance car fans can now hail the ultimate taxi rides around one of the world’s most renowned race circuits. The Jaguar Race Taxi experience gives thrill-seekers a full-throttle hot lap in the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR and XJR575, around the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit
Jaguar Race Taxi passengers will be driven around the world’s most demanding circuit by hand-picked professional drivers, encountering cornering forces of up to 1.2g on the most challenging sections. They can also relive the excitement of their experience around the 20.83km, 73-turns Green Hell, with an HD video recording of their lap.
“A ride in the F-TYPE SVR and XJR575 Race Taxi is a thrilling and truly unforgettable experience for any car enthusiast – or anybody who just enjoys going very fast! Our highly experienced professional drivers are veterans of the Nürburgring 24-hour race, making them uniquely qualified to show customers the true potential of these extraordinary supercharged V8 Jaguars.” Phil Talboys: European Engineering Operations Manager, Jaguar Land Rover
The F-TYPE SVR has been developed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations as a 200mph all-weather supercar and is the pinnacle of the F-TYPE range. Powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine with 575PS and 700Nm and benefiting from an enhanced chassis and driveline and active aerodynamics, the all-wheel drive F-TYPE SVR delivers supercar performance – in all conditions – and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds (0-60mph in 3.5 seconds).
The Jaguar XJR575 is the fastest and most powerful XJ ever made in the iconic luxury saloon’s 50-year history. Also powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 developing the same maximum power and torque as the F-TYPE SVR, it can reach 100km/h in just 4.4 seconds (0-60 in 4.2 seconds) before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 300km/h (186mph) while delivering the luxury, refinement and comfort for which the XJ is renowned.
Passenger laps in the two supercharged Jaguars are available until November. The price is €199 per lap in both the F-TYPE SVR and XJR575.