NEWS & EVENTS HAPPY 80 TH BIRTHDAY JAGUAR 80 YEARS AND BEYOND RING ROAD RALLY The Coventry Ring Road was closed off for a fleet of Jaguars including the 1974 Group 44 E-Type (above), the 1976 Broadspeed XJC Coupé (top) and the Le Mans-winning XJR-9LM (right) Jaguar has marked 80 years of vehicle production with some hometown love in Coventry, its UK headquarters. Local residents and tourists saw an incredible fleet of the marque’s iconic models old and new open proceedings at MotoFest 2015 in June, as well as a special appearance by the Jaguar C-Type after the opening of the recently revamped Coventry Transport Museum. The fleet of Jaguar sports- and racecars that opened MotoFest made for extraordinary sights and scenes, taking over a specially closed-off Coventry Ring Road early this summer. The line-up included the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hour-winning Jaguar XJR-9LM, heritage icons such as the 1938 SS100 (the first car to bear the Jaguar name) and the new F-TYPE R Bloodhound SSC rapid-response vehicle. The total value of the Jaguar vehicle selection was put at more than £40m. Jaguar’s Coventry-built C-Type, in production from 1951 to 1953, topped off the celebrations through its inclusion at Coventry Transport Museum’s ‘Trailblazing Cars of the World Display.’ The C-Type pioneered the use of disc brakes, first used in the 1952 Le Mans 24-hour race, which the car won. The original Range Rover was also on display. To find out more about the museum – transformed after a £9.5m refit – go to transport-museum.com PHOTOGRAPHY: PR (9) 72 j THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE
JLR’S TECH TEAM TARGETS POTHOLES J-MAGAZINE GOES BEHIND THE SCENES AT JLR TO SEE THE FUTURE OF REMOTE DRIVING AND POTHOLE DETECTION Thanks to ground-breaking innovations, by the end of the decade JLR expects to be smoothing-out routes for customers with smart pothole detection technology and easing tricky parking scenarios with app-based software that will let drivers manoeuvre their cars via remote control without even sitting in the driver’s seat. Whether in a tight spot at the supermarket, or navigating through difficult off-road terrain, the new prototype remote control app from JLR lets users operate the steering, accelerator and brakes, as well as change from high and low gearing, all from outside of the car. J-Magazine tested the tech out first-hand on Jaguar’s secret proving ground in Gaydon, UK, and at a speed of 4mph managed to wriggle a Range Rover out of some tricky (albeit hypothetical) scenarios where limited visibility from the driver’s seat would have resulted in a much more difficult motoring experience. We also tested the pothole detection tech, which aside from using on-board sensors and forward-facing stereo digital cameras to identify oncoming blemishes in the road and adjust the suspension accordingly to keep your drive smooth and composed, will also share the data via the Cloud to warn other vehicles on the same route. JLR plans to share the information with local authorities too, who can then prioritise road repairs. With no new hardware needed in the cars to make the prototypes work, you can expect the new innovations to be making their way into future model year updates pretty soon, meaning Jaguar and Land Rover drivers will be more likely to avoid nasty hole-shaped surprises in the near future and help speed up their filling-in as well. That’s what we call progress. CLEVER SENSORS are being employed to both avoid potholes (and then report them for fixing) while others ensure tight car parking will be much easier in the future and can be done via remote control from outside of the car THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE j 73
Jaguar Magazine celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from beautiful design to cutting-edge technology.
In this issue, we explore the art of creativity from the Brazilian masters who devised the graceful art of Capoeira, to the Irish artists mixing new culture with old. You will also discover the creative line that links Victorian wallpaper to the iPhone. While the multi-talented actor and performer, Riz Ahmed, explains why it is the right time to reveal his true self to the world.
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