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THE JAGUAR #04

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A charged-up drive of the New All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE in Portugal’s Algarve | The inside line on the creation of the revolutionary I-PACE | Reinventing a classic: meet the E-type Concept Zero | Fifty years of the iconic XJ saloon | Exclusive interview with tennis star Johanna Konta | Can supercomputers revolutionise art?

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MARKE “EIGHTY YEARS OF DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING EXPERIENCE COUNTS FOR A LOT” SAM ALLEN 34 THE JAGUAR

STEPHEN BOULTER VEHICLE INTEGRATION MANAGER To say that the development of the I-PACE has been a complex process would be putting it mildly. Just ask Stephen Boulter. His job is to make sure the finished vehicle meets customer expectations, from performance to how it will make drivers feel. To do this, his team monitors the car’s entire development journey closely, providing engineers with the information they need to actually produce the vehicle. “We take a description of the car in customer terms and convert that into a precise engineering specification,” he says. “Essentially, my team is in the middle of a very complicated jigsaw puzzle.” The challenge, he says, is to always ensure the vehicle’s engineering teams are working toward the same ultimate goal: Are they meeting the right customer expectations? Are they heading towards the range and performance targets? What solutions could they come up with to meet the car’s ever-evolving changes? Big questions, but also an opportunity, as Boulter explains. “The I-PACE being a blank canvas actually made everything easier as we had more freedom.” And it is undoubtedly this aspect of the job – the freedom to create – that has made the I-PACE project such a draw for the cream of Jaguar’s engineering talent. “I’ve always wanted to work in electric vehicles. When I was at school I made an electric bike for my GCSE design project and then made it even better for my A-level project. At university, I made an electric trike. With the I-PACE I’ve finally got to make a cutting-edge electric car.” SAM ALLEN SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER The entry-level I-PACE comes, as standard, with a host of features like park assist, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and connected navigation. This may all seem very appropriate for a vehicle of the I-PACE’s calibre, but behind the technology lies careful consideration – and endless hours of research. Senior Product Manager Sam Allen has played a vital role in this process. Working closely with advanced engineering and research departments, his team has helped define and deliver the features that give the I-PACE the right overall driving experience. “The team focused on connectivity, driver assistance, high levels of performance and everyday versatility,” he explains. Allen is often asked about the charging time and range of the 400PS dual electric motors. His answer is clear: “I understand those concerns. But they’re quickly mitigated when you spend time driving and living with an I-PACE. I plug in when I get home and then just get on with my life. As for range anxiety – imagine if you started every day with a full tank of fuel? When was the last time you filled up twice a day?” His reply hints at the ongoing work his team has invested to push the message that an electric vehicle can be a real consumer choice vehicle. “Obviously, there are other electric cars on the market, but with our heritage in producing premium vehicles, Jaguar is creating something truly unique. Eighty years of design, engineering and manufacturing experience count for an awful lot,” he says, gesturing to the I-PACE. “I really see this car as a new hero for a new era of Jaguar.” Visit jaguar.com to learn more about the new I-PACE THE JAGUAR 35

 

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THE JAGUAR magazine celebrates the art of performance with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from dynamic driving to seductive design and cutting-edge technology.

In the latest issue of The Jaguar magazine, we tour beautiful Portugal in the game-changing New All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE, and learn what it took to build this truly desirable electric vehicle by interviewing the key players involved in its creation. The themes of cutting-edge innovation continue as we get a first look at a classic E-type with a difference, and explore the latest trends in creative artificial intelligence and smart home technology. Get an insight into the world of high performance through our interviews of Formula E racing driver Nelson Piquet Jr. and tennis star Johanna Konta, and join us for visceral thrills as we hit the Jaguar Ice Academy’s Arctic tracks along with some unusual passengers.

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