Jaguar Launches One-Make Race Series For "Mature" Drivers
Are you of the opinion that there’s entirely too much young blood in motorsport? Are you tired of seeing 16-year-olds drive with audacious precision, incredible consistency and pace and humiliate the old and experienced? Well, now, the old have a place of their own: the Jaguar Series Elite for drivers over 50 years of age.
Jaguar is barely getting the I-Pace eTrophy series off the ground, a series that’s supposed to give Formula E race-goers a little more bang for their buck, and now they’re looking to expand their footprint in motorsport with a new project: the Series Elite. It’s supposed to be a series centered around wealthy gentleman drivers who are at least 50 years old and want to bang door handles in Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8.
Jaguar expects to have a grid of 20 "mature drivers", as they put it, by the time the series kicks off next May. The 20 XE SV Project 8s the 20 well-to-be adrenaline junkies will be lightly modified for track use but Jaguar stated that they can be turned back to the road legal specification quite quickly.
2019 Jaguar I-TYPE 3
Panasonic Jaguar Racing is looking to continue its momentum in Formula E as it enters its third season with the new I-Type 3 race car. After coming in dead last in its maiden season in 2016, Panasonic Jaguar Racing made huge strides in 2017, vaulting up to fifth in the overall constructor’s championship standings in the current season. Ahead of its third season in the series, the British racing firm is looking to break into the podium with a race car it hopes can get them there.
2017 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
Jaguar’s “Pace” lineup has grown quite quickly, with the F-Pace winning the hearts of many, and the E-Pace – the baby of the lineup – coming to life for the 2018 model year. Both of these models, however, make use of gasoline or diesel engines for motivation. Recently, however, Jaguar debuted the I-Pace Concept, a vehicle that, once put into production, will sit at the top of the lineup with its sedan-like proportions and two electric motors – the same ones that delivered 394 horsepower and 516 pound-feet in the concept. It seems that we’re actually getting a look at a high-performance version of the I-Pace long before we actually see the production car, all thanks to Formula E and a race series that will feature as many as 20 examples of the I-Pace eTrophy. Details about Jag’s newest race car are still predominantly under wraps until at least 2018, but we do know that it will be built by Jaguar SVO in the U.K.
With that said, the initial debuting of this new race car stands as an increased effort being put forth by Land Rover and Jaguar to electrify its entire lineup of new cars starting in 2020. And, with the Brits planning to ban ICE cars by 2040 altogether, the I-Pace and I-Pace eTrophy set Jaguar up nicely to be prepared for that inevitable moment 23 years from now. The I-Pace eTrophy also comes along as the basis for the world’s first production battery electric vehicle racing series – the first step in what will eventually redefine racing as we know it. But, we’re getting a little too far ahead of ourselves, so let’s take the time to take a look at the new I-Pace eTrophy race car and talk about what we can expect from Jaguars latest pet project.
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Jaguar Returns to Top-Level Racing with the I-Type
British automaker Jaguar has revealed that its Formula E-spec race has successfully completed 21 days of testing at the Donington Park circuit ahead of its official debut in October 2016. At the same time, Jaguar announced that the single-seater has been named the I-Type, a moniker that the company trademarked in February 2016.
The I-Type will be campaigned during the 2016-2017 Formula E season by the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team, while Lear Corporation will join in as an official partner. The new collaboration will mark Jaguar’s return to top-level racing after 12 years. The British firm retired from mainstream motorsport in 2004, after spending five years in Formula One with disappointing results.
The I-Type will be driven by Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans, two drivers solid experience in competitions such as Formula Renault, Formula Ford, Toyota Racing Series, and GP3 Series. Ho-Pin Tung, who has previously raced in F1, A1GP and GP2 series, will be the team’s reserve driver.
"Today marks a new chapter in the history of Jaguar Racing. As the first premium car manufacturer in Formula E we are proud to be back in top-level motorsport. The future is changing and we’re part of that change. We can’t wait to begin racing competitively in inner city locations inspiring a whole new generation of Jaguar Racing fans to join us on this exciting journey. Formula E is the perfect platform to inspire the next generation," said Gerd Mauser, chairman of Panasonic Jaguar Racing.
The 2016-2017 Formula E season will commence October 9, 2016, in Hong Kong and will include 14 events in 12 countries. The final race is scheduled on July 30, 2017, in New York. Ten teams will fight for supremacy on the race track, including automakers Renault, Audi, Mahindra, and Venturi.
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Jaguar Classic Challenge Adds Le Mans To 2016 Racing Calendar
Some of the most iconic Jaguar race cars in history are all set to return for the second season of the Jaguar Classic Challenge, the automaker’s exclusive racing competition. This season, the Classic Challenge welcomes the Le Mans Classic as the newest round in its racing calendar. Considering the company’s long and illustrious history at Le Mans, it’s only fitting that one of the world’s most important race tracks will become a part of the racing series.
The race will be called the “Le Mans Classic”, and will run from July 8 to July 20, 2016. It’s inclusion brings the total number of races in Classic Challenge to five. The season-opening race will be take place at the Donington Historic Festival from April 30 to May 2, 2016. That will be followed by the Silverstone International Trophy (May 21 to 22), the Le Mans Classic, the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix at the Nurburgring (August 12 to 14), and the Oulton Park Gold Cup (August 27 to 27).
In addition to the inclusion of the Le Mans Classic in the Jaguar Classic Challenge, the series will also be introducing new technical regulations that will be based on the FIA’s Appendix K frameworks for cars that compete in international historic racing competitions. According to the FIA, regulations in Appendix K “may be used for Competitions under a set of rules that preserve the specifications of their period and prevent the modifications of performance and behavior which could arise through the application of modern technology.”
With the inclusion of Le Mans and the adoption of new technical regulations, this year’s Jaguar Classic Challenge should be able to build off of the success of last year’s inaugural season. So, expect the see the usual classic Jaguars, including Mk1s, Mk2s, C-Types, D-Types, Xk120s and 140s, XKSS, and various vintage versions of the iconic E-Type, all lining up on the track when the season starts in April.
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2016 Jaguar I-Type Formula E Race Car
When Formula E debuted in 2014, it gathered only a handful of automakers on the starting grid. Renault, Audi, and Mahindra were the only mainstream companies involved, with McLaren providing the electric motor. As the series gained popularity after the first season, more carmakers began considering joining Formula E. While the likes of Nissan and BMW are still pondering the idea, Jaguar has already signed up for the 2016-2017 season and unveiled its first-even electric race car, the I-Type.
Under development since 2015, the I-Type spearheads Jaguar’s return to top-level racing after a 12-year hiatus and will probably help the British company developed electric motors for future EV and hybrid production cars. Following intense testing at the Donington Park circuit in England, the I-Type is ready to hit the Formula E’s race tracks when the new season debuts on October 9, 2016, in Hong Kong.
Jaguar’s effort in the series will be back by Japanese electronics giant Panasonic and American automotive seating and electrical distribution systems Lear Corporation. The I-Type will be driven by Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll, while Ho-Pin Tung will be the team’s reserve driver.
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Jaguar Land Rover is set to return to motor racing. A press conference to announce the British car marker’s plans has been scheduled for next week, according to a report from Sky News.
The specific details of the press conference are still unclear at this point, but all signs seem to point to the company announcing its intention to compete in the Formula E World Championship, becoming the latest manufacturer to throw its name into the young series. The other automakers that are already involved in Formula E are Audi, Renault, and Peugeot.
The company’s decision to join Formula E is reportedly tied into its plans to enter the electric car world, especially with the series’ whole revolving around the propagation of electric technology. Apart from the obvious competitive standpoint, JLR believes that being a part of Formula E will give it the proper environment to boost the development of its electric road car program. After all, there’s no other racing series in the world that offers comprehensive live testing for electrification technology.
It’s unlikely that JLR will be able to enter a full racing team this season since it’s already underway. In fact, Jaguar’s pending announcement will happen a few weeks before the third round of the season at Uruguay. A formal accreditation from the FIA is also still in the works. Until JLR secures that, it won’t be able to compete in the series. If the company really is going all-in on its involvement in Formula E, look for it to spend the remainder of the season preparing for its entry next year.
That’s going to give the company, and the team it eventually fields, enough time to get settled in with a functioning racing team and a full driver lineup.
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Land speed records are pretty much an exclusively British endeavor at this point, so it makes perfect sense that Jaguar would lend its support to the Bloodhound SSC project. It’s a pairing as British as bangers and mash.
In honor of the partnership, Jaguar is introducing the new XJR Rapid Response Vehicle alongside three newly face-lifted XJRs at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The XJR RRV joins the F-Type RRV on the 2014 Bloodhound SSC’s mission to break the 1,000 mph barrier, and will be piloted up the Goodwood hill by Royal Air Force ace and Bloodhound SSC driver Andy Green.
With a 550-horsepower supercharged V-8, it’s a bit down on power compared with the 135,000-horsepower Bloodhound SSC, but the Jaguar XJR does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph, which should come in handy when transporting the equipment and personnel necessary for a 1,000-mph land-speed record run. Built by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations, the two XKR RRVs have had roll cages fitted and the rear seats have been replaced by custom housings for emergency equipment.
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Chris Harris is one of those guys that everyone wants to meet and everyone wants to be; a true petrolhead with a passion for speed and performance. In this video we have here, Chris is lucky enough to get to drive a Lightweight Jaguar E-Type at the Goodwood Revival race.
The story gets even better for Chris Harris. Not only is this his first time driving the Lightweight E-Type, it is his first drive in any E-Type. Blasting around a racetrack in the best version of one of the best cars every made seems like a great way to get acquainted with said machine. Sadly, there isn’t any video of Chris actually driving the car, all the on-track footage comes from the qualifying where his co-driver Gary Pearson was behind the wheel. Still we get a good interview with Chris about the experience before he gets to race and we get some nice insight into how an auto journalist thinks and feels before an exciting experience like this.
Chris Harris, I envy you, and I hope you enjoyed yourself. Now hit that play button and turn that volume up. You may not get to see Chris drifting the Jag Lightweight around the track like a hooligan, but the last half of this video is crammed full of nothing but loud and angry exotic motors at full chat. It is awesome.
The Jaguar F-Type reinvented the way we looked at Jaguar. For the first time in years, it had its claws out and the F-Type was one ferocious feline that caused rival companies to tremble in fear. So if that was the F-Type, how do we describe the F-Type Project 7? A big cat on steroids? Whatever the case may be, the F-Type Project 7 finally made its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and boy oh boy, did it make an impression!
The F-Type Project is the fastest and most powerful production car Jaguar has ever built. Those aren’t hollow words, either, because the company has a long and exquisite history that includes some of the most iconic sports cars ever built. But none of those models could’ve held a candle to the F-Type Project 7.
So it was pretty special seeing the F-Type Project 7 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But what made it more memorable was seeing the fastest Jag ever partake in a parade alongside the Jaguar D-Type, the very car that inspired the F-Type. It was a nostalgic look at Jag’s past and present, culminating in the D-Type scoring an incredible victory at the 2014 Le Mans Classic.
The day couldn’t have gone better for Jaguar. It successfully showcased its new pride and joy while also reliving history with another Le Mans win for the D-Type.
Those claws really do look quite menacing, don’t they?
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Finally, the Jaguar F-Type made its public debut at Goodwood and tackled the hill climb with its 380-horsepower, 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 whistling away and its top down. Unfortunately, the Jag was still wearing its rather funky looking camo, but it’s easy to get a good idea of what we are going to see once it’s officially released.
Its appearance at Goodwood and its hill climb run is not the only F-Type talk going around. Recently, an unconfirmed rumor has come about that has all of us auto junkies’ interest on high alert. Supposedly, Jaguar is cooperating with Williams F1 to build 20 racing spec F-Types.
The rumored intention for these racing spec F-Types is to enter in the FIA’s GT3 competition. According to the rumors, which are fueled by AutoExpress, the GT3 F-Types will not have the factory 3.0-liter under the hood, but rather a 500-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. This is anticipated to get the F-Type to 60 mph in just shy of 4 seconds and pump its top speed up to nearly 200 mph.
As we said, these are completely unconfirmed rumors, but seeing a race-ready F-Type would not surprise us. It would also help increase public awareness in this new Jag on the market.
We’ll keep a close eye on this situation and let you know if any additional rumors or hard facts become available.
This is the one and only factory low-drag lightweightJaguar E-Type and is a vehicle that should have been laid to rest a long time ago. In fact, the Jaguar was thought to be dead until Peter Neumark of Classic Motors Cars breathed new life into the last racing car ever built at Jaguar’s factory.
Only twelve lightweight E-types were built by Jaguar’s competition department back in 1963, but only one returned to undergo preparatory work for the LeMans race later that year. Malcolm Sayer designed the vehicle to have a special low drag body that would be coupled to a highly modified engine. This combination was set to take LeMans by storm and lead driver, Peter Lindner, to victory. Unfortunately, while on the Montlhery circuit, something went terribly wrong causing a crash that would end up killing Peter Lindner and destroying the Jaguar E-type. Sayer himself said that the vehicle could not be repaired and that opinion was echoed in the 1970s when a second survey confirmed the vehicle’s fate.
Fast forward to 2007 when Peter Neumark entered the scene. Determined to revive the crumpled E-Type, Neumark set out to make history with one of the most complex restorations to ever take place in the world.
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