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  1. A select group of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) veterans of the British Armed Forces will compete in the 2018-19 British GT Championships as part of a new motor racing team in specially-designed Jaguar sports cars Invictus Games Racing is a collaboration between James Holder, Co-Founder of the successful clothing brand Superdry, and the Invictus Games Foundation. Holder commissioned Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division to develop and build two bespoke F-TYPE SVR racing cars to GT4 specification for the Invictus Games Racing drivers to compete in. These vehicles have been in top secret development for over a year. The Invictus Games Racing project is the vision of Superdry’s Holder, a motor racing fanatic who competed in the 2016 British GT Championship. During his debut season racing, he was inspired by watching the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando and had the idea to create Invictus Games Racing. The team’s mission is to give WIS servicemen or women the opportunity to experience the adrenaline of competitive racing and inspire others to embrace the ethos of the Invictus Games of triumph over adversity. Thanks to these bespoke cars, the wounded drivers will compete equally with their able-bodied counterparts. Holder said: "Invictus Games Racing will enable ex-servicemen and women who have experienced physical or psychological trauma during service to compete against each other and the rest of the top-level racing field, in cars that are tailor-made for them. We wanted to give these men and women the chance to compete in a professional racing competition with the established teams. Motor racing is often seen as elitist and our vision is to open the sport up to all wounded, injured and sick service personnel supported by the Invictus Games Foundation - including their families - through the race team itself and with exclusive Invictus Games Racing ‘experience events’. These track days will be held at some of Britain’s most iconic racing circuits with the first event being held at Silverstone on 7 June 2018. As well as representing their incredible profession, the drivers will be an inspiration and a sign of empowerment to those who have been wounded, injured or become sick during or as a direct result of their service. Over the last six months leading experts Mission Motorsport have held trials to identify and train four drivers from the Armed Forces best suited and most likely to gain personally from this experience. We have worked closely with Jaguar to construct GT4-specification supercars that accommodate each individual driver’s needs and style." John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said: “The F-TYPE SVR was the first series production Jaguar developed by SVO, exemplifying our precision engineering, performance and design capabilities. It’s appropriate that this specially-commissioned F-TYPE SVR will be the first SVO-designed race car to hit the track. While the F-TYPE SVR is all about duality – the 200mph all-weather supercar that you can drive every day – this bespoke commission is 100% competition focused. SVO’s world-class attention to detail in high-performance design and engineering are inherent in both.” Following Invictus Games in London in 2014, Orlando in 2016 and Toronto in 2017, the fourth Invictus Games will take place in Sydney between 20-27 October 2018. The motor racing arm of the movement aims to raise further awareness of the Invictus Games Foundation and marks a three-year commitment to this unique racing project.
  2. Jaguar is to remake the D-type

    The legendary D-type Jaguar is to be born again more than 60 years after the last models were produced. An engineering prototype of the 'new' D-type will be unveiled later today at Rétromobile Paris, with Jaguar Classic then building 25 fully working vehicles at its factory in Warwickshire. Every aspect of the new D-type will be created to the original specifications, with Jaguar offering short- or long-nose bodywork variants according to customer preference. The 'new' D-type will be available in Shortnose or Longnose varieties The D-type, which was first produced in 1954, is one of the most famous of all sports cars, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in successive years from 1955 to 1957. It was largely designed by Malcolm Sayer, whose aeronautics background helped him craft the vehicle's then-revolutionary aerodynamic design. The marque had originally planned to build 100 models but had completed only 75 when it temporarily retired from racing in 1956. It was working to convert the remaining 25 into road-going XKSS models in 1957 when a fire at the production facility destroyed nine of the vehicles and much of the necessary tooling, and effectively ended the chance of any more D-types being produced at that time. Inside will be a six-cylinder XK engine The new D-types will be meticulously hand-crafted to ensure they closely match the 1955 and 1956 models, with the team at Jaguar Classics using original engineering drawings and records to ensure authenticity. Clients will be able to choose from either the 1955-specification short-nose or 1956-spec long-nose bodywork, and all will be powered by a six-cylinder XK engine. The model on show at Salon Rétromobile today will be the 1956 long-nose variant, identifiable by its extended bonnet and distinctive fin behind the driver's head. The 25 new models will be hand-crafted to ensure authenticity Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said, “The Jaguar D-type is one of the most iconic and beautiful competition cars of all time, with an outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races. And it’s just as spectacular today ". “The opportunity to continue the D-type’s success story, by completing its planned production run in Coventry, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime projects that our world-class experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic are proud to fulfil.” The D-type is the third continuation vehicle from Jaguar Classic, following the 2014/15 production of six missing Lightweight E-types and the building of nine XKSSs in 2017-18. Kev Riches, Jaguar Classic Engineering Manager, said, “Recreating the nine D-type-derived XKSSs was hugely satisfying, and an even bigger technical challenge than the six missing Lightweight E-types, but lessons learned from the XKSS project have given us a head start on the final 25 D-types ". "Each one will be absolutely correct, down to the very last detail, just as Jaguar’s Competitions Department intended.” Jaguar hasn't revealed a price tag, but don't expect it to come cheap. Original D-types have sold at auction for as much as £9million in recent years, and with only 25 available collectors will likely snap these up before they're even officially on sale. Original Article by Marc McLaren – Classic & Sportscar (article source: http://www.classicandsportscar.com/news/jaguars-remaking-iconic-d-type)
  3. FAST-CHARGING ICE COOL I-PACE

    Jaguar’s all-electric I-PACE will deliver both rapid charging and rapid performance when it goes on sale on 1 March. Capable of charging in 45 minutes* and with sports car performance and SUV practicality, the I-PACE will be the perfect everyday car – whether on the school run, daily commute or even coping with sub-zero temperatures Rigorously tested across extremes of terrain and temperature, the I-PACE has tamed the Arctic at Jaguar Land Rover’s cold weather test facility in Arjeplog, Sweden, at temperatures as low as -40°C. Tony Westerlund, a potential customer from Sweden, had some interesting questions on living with I-PACE in Arctic conditions, particularly regarding stability and traction on the ice and snow. To answer his questions, Jaguar engineers invited him to Arjeplog to drive the car for the first time and see how it’s been tested to ensure performance in extreme conditions: https://youtu.be/VOnPjpFa3DU “Not only will the I-PACE charge quickly enough for our customers to carry out their everyday lives, it will offer powerful and precise performance in a variety of conditions and climatic extremes. Allied with the versatile credentials of our celebrated PACE family, this will be an electric performance SUV like no other.” <<Ian Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director>> Customers will be able to use mains power to prepare the car’s battery and cabin temperature ahead of a journey. Pre-conditioning the car ensures maximum range, performance and comfort whether temperatures are freezing cold or extremely hot. Setting up preferred charging times and pre-conditioning schedules can be done from either the onboard InControl system, or the Remote smartphone APP, and is as easy as setting an alarm. The Jaguar I-PACE was recently voted by readers of What Car? magazine as the most anticipated new car of 2018, securing six times the votes of any other model on the shortlist, which includes the likes Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Audi. The I-PACE will be revealed in a live global broadcast on 19:00 CET on 1 March 2018, and will go on to make its public premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March 2018. To find out more about the all-electric performance SUV ahead of its reveal, or to be one of the first to own one, click the ‘I want one’ button at: www.jaguar.co.uk