Jaguar Land Rover wants use more recycled plastics in its cars

Jaguar wants recycle more in its cars

Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with chemical company BASF to tackle the challenges of plastic waste, with a joint project called ChemCycling.

The plan is to take the plastic waste that cannot be recycled and develop a way to re-use it. ChemCycling transforms the plastic into pyrolysis oil using a thermochemical process. The resulting product is then used in the same manner as oil in BASF’s plastic production process.

The resulting plastic could be used in future Jaguar and Land Rover models for integral pieces of the vehicle. That’s the important point – integral. It’s not just a case of a dashboard feeling nice to the touch. It’s a piece of the front end carrier for instance. It has to behave in very specific ways during an accident, or under stress.

Testing is currently underway with I-Pace prototypes serving as the guinea pigs. The new materials have to pass a series of rigorous safety and quality tests in order to be approved for use in JLR cars.

Plastics are vital

Jaguar wants recycle more in its cars

It is hoped that a good deal of the millions of tonnes of waste plastic we produce could go to use. It’s predicted that by 2050, we’ll be producing as much as 12 million tonnes of plastic waste every year.

JLR is no stranger to implementing recycled plastics in its cars. The Range Rover Velar and Evoque use a material that combines a wool blend with a suede cloth. Each car uses 53 recycled plastic bottles.

“Plastics are vital to car manufacturing and have proven benefits during their use phase, however, plastic waste remains a major global challenge,” said Chris Brown, senior sustainability manager at Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar wants recycle more in its cars

“Solving this issue requires innovation and joined-up thinking between regulators, manufacturers and suppliers.

“At Jaguar Land Rover, we are proactively increasing recycled content in our products, removing single-use plastics across our operations and reducing excess waste across the product lifecycle.

Game, Set and Match: tennis stars and supercars

Wimbledon 2019 Tennis and Cars

Ah, Wimbledon: two weeks of dodging the showers, eating seriously expensive strawberries and cream, Sue Barker making smalltalk when the covers on and the entire nation pinning its hopes on one Scottish British tennis player.

But enough of all that – show us the cars…

Jaguar Ace Pace

Wimbledon 2019 Tennis and Cars

In readiness for Wimbledon 2019, Jaguar developed a new app for your phone that lets you measure how fast your tennis serve is. Winners get prizes, including the opportunity to compete at Wimbledon for real, along with tickets for matches. The Ace Pace app uses accelerometers, which means you have to swing your phone like a racket. That’d be an interesting call to your insurance company…

Andy Murray ‘goes electric’

Wimbledon 2019 Tennis and Cars

In June 2018, Andy Murray delivered on his promise to ‘go electric’ by taking delivery of a Jaguar I-Pace. It no doubt serves to keep the tennis star’s conscience clear, and Jaguar’s PR team happy.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Wimbledon 2019 Tennis and Cars

There’s no need to adjust your set, this Jaguar XF Sportbrake is indeed covered in a tennis ball camo wrap. It was part of a campaign culminating in the estate being unveiled by Andy Murray, before being sent on a nationwide tour with the Wimbledon trophy inside. “Letting go of the trophy will be difficult, but there’s no better vehicle than the Jaguar XF Sportbrake to take it on this UK tour,” said Murray (via the Jaguar press office).

Murray makes a mint

For 2016, Jaguar UK signed up Andy Murray as a brand ambassador to promote its #FeelWimbledon campaign, which involves a 360-degree virtual reality tour of Centre Court through the eyes of the British number one. Jaguar is also keen to point out that Murray owned an F-Type Coupe and had a new F-Pace  on order.

Andy Murray smashes Jaguar F-Type SVR

Keen to maximise the return on its investment, Jaguar sent Andy Murray to Thruxton and asked him to serve at a target mounted to the back of a Jaguar F-Type SVR (here, he’s getting his eye in with an XE). The Jaguar just happened to be driven by John McEnroe and Murray served an ace as the car sped past at 130mph. This must have been as strange for Murray as it was for us to write.

Advantage, Jaguar

In 2015, Jaguar announced a five-year deal to become the official car partner to the All England Tennis Club for Wimbledon. As part of the agreement, Jaguar supplies 170 vehicles to the London venue throughout the two-week tournament. No wonder the traffic is so bad on the streets of Wimbledon.

Rolls-Royce and the Tennis Classic

Away from Wimbledon, the stars at this year’s Tennis Classic at Hurlingham will be chauffeured around in a selection of Rolls-Royce models. The likes of Marin Cilic, David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet will escape the showers courtesy of a Phantom and a Ghost. At least they’ll have access to an umbrella.

The MercedesCup

“The estate version of the new E-Class is all set to be served up at the MercedesCup tennis tournament in Stuttgart.” You serve up the tennis puns, Mercedes-Benz, we’ll volley them home.

Angelique Kerber nets a new Porsche 911

In 2015, Germany’s Angelique Kerber won the Porsche Grand Prix tennis tournament in Germany by beating Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in the final. Her prize included a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS. Nice.

Andy Murray and his BMW i8

Meanwhile, over in Munich, Britain’s Andy Murray collected the keys to his new i8 electric supercar after winning the BMW Open tennis tournament. Looks like he’s struggling to get comfy. Probably a good idea if Murray doesn’t mention this car to Jaguar…

Lindsay Davenport and her Porsche 911

Of course, scooping a new car by winning a tennis tournament is nothing new. Here’s American tennis star, Lindsay Davenport and her Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS at the German Porsche Grand Prix tennis tournament in 2004.

Tommy Haas and his BMW Z4

Meanwhile, in 2003, Tommy Haas drove home in a brand new BMW Z4 after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final of the BMW Open tennis tournament in Munich. We won a few tennis tournaments at school, but we were never given a car as a prize. That’s probably because the tournaments were sponsored by the local double-glazing firm and not an international car company. Pictured is a later “Winner” Z4. 

Wimbledon and parking in 1923

But enough of these lavish prizes and on to something more civilised. Wimbledon is of course the oldest tennis tournament in the world. The first championships were held in 1870 and the Olympics arrived in Wimbledon in 1908. The tournament moved to Church Road in 1922 and No.1 Court opened in 1924. Here we see the tennis courts in 1923. You probably had to be someone very special to park this close to the court.

Electric Jaguar XJ to be built in Birmingham


Jaguar electric vehicles only

In a boost for the British car industry, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced plans to build a range of electrified cars at its Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham.

A new electric Jaguar XJ will be the first car to roll out of the plant, as JLR confirms its commitment to offer electrified options for all new models from 2020.

Production of the current XJ luxury saloon has come to an end, with the new electric version benefiting from the firm’s experience in creating the Jaguar I-Pace SUV.

The next-generation electric XJ is expected to arrive next year, but Jaguar hasn’t confirmed specifications or prices. The outgoing Jaguar XJ costs upwards of £62,400, while the I-Pace will set you back at least £64,500. A starting price in the region of £65,000 to £70,000 would be realistic for the all-electric XJ.

The news safeguards around 2,700 jobs and follows the announcement in January that its new battery making facilities would be located in the Midlands. The battery assembly centre at Hams Hall will be the ‘most innovative and technologically advanced in the UK,’ says the company.

‘Powerhouse of electrification’

Electric Jaguar XJ to be built at Castle Bromwich

Prof. Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: “The future of mobility is electric and, as a visionary British company, we are committed to making our next generation of zero-emission vehicles in the UK.

“We are co-locating our electric vehicle manufacture, electronic drive units and battery assembly to create a powerhouse of electrification in the Midlands.”

‘Charging should be as easy as re-fuelling’

Jaguar XJ 50

Prof. Speth warned of challenges ahead as the country gears up for an electrified future. “Convenience and affordability are the two key enablers to drive the uptake of electric vehicles to the levels that we all need. Charging should be as easy as re-fuelling a conventional vehicle.

“Affordability will only be achieved if we make batteries here in the UK, close to vehicle production, to avoid the cost and safety risk of importing from abroad.

“The UK has the raw materials, scientific research in our universities and an existing supplier base to put the UK at the leading edge of mobility and job creation.”

Jaguar Ace Pace app could serve you tickets to Wimbledon

Jaguar Ace Pace app could win you tickets to wimbledon

Jaguar has launched an app that can measure the effectiveness of your tennis serve. Reach the top of a leaderboard in the June Championships, and you could be off to the Wimbledon championships

Delivering a strong performance on the leaderboards could also land you entry into the Jaguar Wimbledon Masterclass.

How can an app measure your tennis service?

Jaguar Ace Pace app could win you tickets to wimbledon

The Jaguar Ace Pace app, developed by Journey Digital, uses sensors found in all phones to calculate wrist angle and the arc and speed of the serve. Remember that lightsaber iPhone app? It’s a more complicated version of that.

Journey Digital strategy director Nick Piper said: “CGI technology has advanced significantly over the past decade and now, what used to cost millions of dollars and expensive cameras can be captured using smartphones.”

The app is available to download on all smartphones.

Five years of the Jaguar partnership with Wimbledon

Jaguar Ace Pace app could win you tickets to wimbledon

“As Jaguar’s association with Wimbledon enters its fifth year, we are delighted to continue our pledge to take fans closer to The Championships.” Jaguar Land Rover UK, managing director, Rawdon Glover says.

“It is important that tennis fans feel the benefit of our partnership first and foremost so for those that can master the app, we will be providing tickets to The Championships, Wimbledon, throughout the fortnight as well as the unique opportunity to attend the Jaguar Wimbledon Masterclass in September.”

Jaguar I-Pace green icon

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW to team up on EV tech

Jaguar I-Pace green iconBMW and Jaguar Land Rover are to co-develop next-generation electric motors and drive systems, the two firms have revealed in a surprise announcement.

A joint engineering team will develop the new Electric Drive Units (EDUs) and they will be built in each firm’s manufacturing facilities – including the JLR Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton.

The companies will concentrate on developing the motors “to deliver the specific characteristics required for their respective range of products”. The joint team will be based in Munich.


JLR engineering director Nick Rogers revealed the partnership with BMW Group will help the British firm rise to the challenge of taking electric cars mainstream.

“We’ve proven we can build world-beating electric cars, but now we need to scale the technology to support the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover products.

“It was clear from discussions with BMW Group that both companies’ requirements for next generation EDUs to support this transition have significant overlap making for a mutually beneficial collaboration.”


In a statement, BMW said its fifth generation eDrive system, dubbed ‘Gen 5’, will be launched in the BMW iX3 electric car (pictured above in concept form).

“The Gen 5 electric drive unit will be the propulsion system upon which subsequent evolutions launched together with Jaguar Land Rover will be based.”

By working together, the two firms will benefit from shared R&D and production planning costs, as well as economies of scale in buying components from suppliers.  

“Together, we have the opportunity to cater more effectively for customer needs by shortening development time and bringing vehicles and state-of-the-art technologies more rapidly to market,” said BWM board member for development, Klaus Frohlich.

Jag You Are: I-Pace electric SUV stars at Birmingham Pride

Jaguar I-Pace at Birmingham Pride 2019 CLICK TO SEE MORE

Jaguar I-Pace at Birmingham Pride 2019: CLICK TO SEE MORE

A special edition Jaguar I-Pace joined the fun at Birmingham Pride this weekend – the UK’s biggest two-day LGBTQ festival.

The car wore a unique badge, with Jaguar’s big cat atop rainbow colours. ‘Jag You Are’ is emblazoned on the bonnet and there are more rainbow stripes on the car’s sides.

Local dealers have also been getting involved, with Stratstone and Guy Salmon both showing their support. Guy Salmon had its own black I-Pace on show with the same colour scheme.

In a statement on Twitter, Jaguar UK said ‘We’re proud to be supporting our diverse workforce at Birmingham Pride 2019 this weekend – the UK’s biggest two-day LGBTQ festival – where we joined the parade with a specially designed #JagYouAre #IPACE’.

Jaguar I-Pace at Birmingham Pride 2019

Birmingham Pride, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture, brought the town centre to a standstill. As many as 75,000 spectators lined the streets for the parade. 

Andrea Rosati of Jaguar design said: “With ‘Jag You Are’ and its graphics we talk about individuality and inclusiveness. Going beyond stereotypes – even in the LGBT+ community – we want to celebrate the chance to ‘be your own animal.’

“The artworks – really geometric, not over designed – are a homage to Polaroid: an instantaneous, immediate image of ourselves, showing who we are without filters.”

Last year, Jaguar became a member of Stonewall, a charity that works with employers to improve LGBTQ inclusion and engagement.

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Silverstone Auctions Jaguar Heythorp 2019

Why Jaguar’s first hypercar is cheap at £300,000

Silverstone Auctions Jaguar Heythorp 2019It may have set world records for top speed when new, but the Jaguar XJ220 is still something of a bargain when it came to prices paid at a recent auction.

At around £300,000, an XJ220 is clearly a substantial amount of money. However, in contrast to other high-performance machines from the 1990s, it appears relatively affordable.

It also represents a saving on the £470,000 paid by owners when the 549hp car first launched in 1992, following a troubled gestation period.  

Only 700 miles from new

Silverstone Auctions Jaguar Heythorp 2019Last month, we previewed the two Jaguar XJ220s featured at Silverstone Auctions’ British Marques sale, and now we know what the values were when the hammer fell.

Lot 429, a right-hand-drive car finished in Le Mans Blue, had spent most of its life being pampered in a Malaysian car collection. As a result, it had covered just 700 miles from new, and had recently undergone a substantial period of restoration with a renowned XJ220 specialist.

Buyers clearly appreciated the money that had been spent, and the low mileage, with the car selling for £337,500 to a UK-based buyer.

Silverstone Auctions Jaguar Heythorp 2019Lot 410, a left-hand-drive XJ220 wearing Spa Silver paintwork, had originally been delivered to a German buyer in 1997.

Although the car has been owned by six different people in the UK, it is now heading back to Europe after selling for £303,750 at the British Marques sale.

The unique Jaguar XJS-based Railton F29 Claremont, created by legendary designer William Towns, sold for slightly below its estimated price, with a final hammer value of £69,500.

Other classic Jaguars under the hammer

Silverstone Auctions Jaguar Heythorp 2019Run in association with the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, the British Marques sale also saw other Coventry products achieve respectable values.

A 1965 Jaguar E-Type, still wearing the original paintwork it left the factory with, managed £56,238. Another E-Type, a 1964 Series 1 version sold as a restoration project, sold for even more, at £69,750.

The same price was also paid for an immaculate Jaguar Mk2 3.8, which had covered just 8,725 miles since leaving the factory in 1962.

Other highlights included a 1954 XK120 Drophead Coupe sold at £68,583, plus a Jaguar C-Type recreation achieving £103,500.

Jaguar Classic builds David Gandy a bespoke XK120

David Gandy Jaguar XK120

David Gandy is quite a good looking chap. He also looks half-decent in a pair of M&S undies. And now, he’s has taken delivery of a bespoke Jaguar XK120.

Life must be pretty tough for the male model.

Having taken part in the Mille Miglia, Gandy commissioned Jaguar Classic to source and restore an XK120 for use in classic motorsport events. The result is a specification inspired by the original XK120 Lightweight.

The project started with the sourcing of a 1954 base car from California and finished after 11 months and 2,700 hours. Everything was completed at Jaguar Classic’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire.

Jaguar XK120 David Gandy

To make it race-ready, the team boosted the performance of the 3.4-litre straight-six engine from 180hp to 225hp and added a new exhaust system with dual pipes. Further upgrades include a racing-style four-speed gearbox, disc brakes with four-pot calipers at the front, and fully adjustable dampers.

Gandy – who is worth an estimated £12.5 million – has made a living out of looking good and once said that “anyone can have a body like mine, but it’s hard work”. Needless to say, the XK120’s body had to live up to Gandy’s high standards.

Which is why the bespoke XK120 is finished in solid black, made up of 13 litres and four coats of paint.  Also note the use of a flip-top fuel cap, plus twin aero screens, a tip of the hat to the XK120 Lightweight.

Jaguar Classic XK120 David Gandy

Inside, Jaguar Classic removed one of the batteries behind the driver’s seat to free up space for Gandy’s 6ft 2inch frame, while a smaller steering wheel has been used to free up legroom. The seats are finished in Aged Saddle tan leather with a bespoke lattice design.

David Gandy, said: “Having driven a Jaguar XK120 at the Mille Miglia in 2013 and 2014, I knew that I wanted to own one of these incredibly special cars. The team at Jaguar Classic have done such a remarkable job engineering this car and executing everything that I asked for and it was amazing to have such an in-depth involvement in its creation.”

Calum McKechnie, head of Jaguar Classic, said: “This unique XK120 showcases the expertise, skill and craftmanship that Jaguar Classic makes available for all of its customers. Not only were we able to bring this iconic sports car back to life mechanically, but the attention to detail and the bespoke design of the interior sets David’s car apart.”

Future Jaguars and Land Rovers could prevent coughs and sneezes

Jaguar Land Rover sneeze

Future Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) models could stop the spread of colds and flu thanks to the use of ultraviolet light technology (UV-C).

UV-C is used within the medical industry for disinfecting water, filtering air and sterilising surfaces via wavelengths of light between 200-280 nanometers. Now, JLR believes that UV-C could be used within its air conditioning systems to stop bacteria and harmful viruses in their tracks.

Put simply, exposing the bugs to UV-C within the air-con breaks down the molecular structure of their DNA, neutralising them. Clean air is then released into the cabin.

According to JLR, the technology could even help in the fight against drug-resistant superbugs.

Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover chief medical officer, said: “The average motorist spends as much as 300 hours per year behind the wheel. There is a clear opportunity to better utilise cars for administering preventative healthcare.”

“The implementation of individual wellbeing measures as part of our ‘tranquil sanctuary’ research promises to not only improve quality of life for our customers but in this case, offers clear advantages in reducing pathogen spread – protecting the overall population from the threat of disease; particularly as we move towards shared mobility solutions.”

Neutralising pathogens

Jaguar I-Pace

JLR is already actively seeking to neutralise pathogens in its latest air conditioning units, with the four-zone climate control and cabin air ionisation system using high voltage to create trillions of nano-sized negatively charged particles (ions) coated in water molecules.

These ions deactivate pathogens, forming larger particles that are removed from the air as they are brought back into the filter. As well as combating pathogens, the ions also act upon odour molecules and allergens in a similar way.

Dr Iley said: “In the colder months infections are spread more easily, it’s reassuring to know that in your car at least, you can be confident that harmful pathogens are being neutralised.”

The use of UV-C is just one part of JLR’s vision to create a so-called ‘tranquil sanctuary’ inside its vehicles. In the future, you can expect to emerge from your driverless car feeling energised, relaxed and free of bugs.

Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport and Chequered Flag editions revealed

Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport

Jaguar has unveiled two special editions of its F-Pace SUV: a performance-led 300 Sport and a feature-packed Chequered Flag. 

And tech fans rejoice, because the entire F-Pace range now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport

New Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport

The F-Pace 300 Sport comes with a choice of two 300hp engines: a 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel. The petrol offers 295lb ft of torque and can sprint to 62mph in 6.1 seconds, while the diesel delivers a thumping 516lb ft of torque and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds.

In the petrol version, the F-Pace 300 Sport will hit a top speed of 145mph, with the diesel capable of reaching 150mph. Both are all-wheel-drive and equipped with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 300 Sport models are distinguished by a set of 22-inch grey alloy wheels, dark satin grey exterior detailing, 300 Sport badges and a choice of three colours: Yulong White, Indus Silver and Santorini Black.

Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport interior

On the inside, 300 Sport versions get yellow contrast stitching, and a logo on the treadplates, carpet mats and steering wheel and front headrests. Standard spec includes Touch Pro Navigation, a 12.3-inch interactive driver display, Meridian sound system, panoramic roof and 14-way heated electric front seats.

The 300 Sport costs from £53,980, with Jaguar saying that it offers £8,430 of added extras compared with the petrol 300hp R-Sport, but at a price of less than £5,000 more. In the diesel, buyers get £4,555 of added extras over the F-Pace S for just £500 more.

Jaguar F-Pace Chequered Flag

Jaguar F-Pace Chequered Flag

The Chequered Flag edition is based on the R-Sport and comes with a host of exterior and interior upgrades. Highlights include a sport front bumper and gloss black detailing on the front grille, door cladding, side vents and roof rails.

Gloss black 20-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard, with the Chequered Flag available in Yulong White, Santorini Black and Eiger Grey.

Inside, buyers are treated to leather trim, meshed aluminium detailing, Chequered Flag treadplates, 10-way electric front seats, Touch Pro Navigation, Meridian Sound System and a 12-inch interactive driver display.

A range of engine options are available and prices start from £46,995.

‘Something for everyone’

Jaguar F-Pace Chequered Flag interior

These are the headline acts of an F-Pace range refresh, with Jaguar adding ultra-low rolling resistance tyres to deliver CO2 improvements of up to 8g/km across the range. The standard fitment of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is another welcome addition.

Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design, said: “The Jaguar F-Pace has established itself as the ultimate performance SUV. Not only does it combine sports car DNA with the practicality of a larger vehicle, it does so with a great aesthetic.

“The latest special editions build on this visual appeal by enhancing the model’s sporting character to each create something unique. The F-Pace line-up has something for everyone.”