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In this issue we return to top level motorsport but not in a conventional way, and by doing so accelerate the development of electric powertrains. In tandem, we introduce our Jaguar I-PACE Concept vehicle - a revolutionary new model available to reserve now for delivery in 2018.



overpasses appeared. In addition to being a fantastic highway cruiser, the F-TYPE SVR is outstanding at making itself heard. Like every other F-TYPE model, this one has the exhaust note that every other car dreams of. Drop down a gear or two and hold the revs somewhere above 3000rpm, release slowly without totally letting off, and a randomised pop-pop-pop-pop backfire will occur. Every. Single. Time. Pleasantly buffoonish behaviour. I am a child. I love this car. It seems that almost every unkempt, rural lawn in Texas was enhanced by a political endorsement in corrugated plastic. Every couple of miles along the farm-to-market byways, there was an affirmation of Trump/Pence, in sizes ranging from itty-bitty to NIMBY. Fewer were signs of support for Hillary Clinton. Graffiti artists with a sense of humour made snarky amendments, advising that the Democratic candidate would be better for “PRISON” than “President.” To say the least, it was a weary moment for politics: a worrying combination of the uncertainty of the Brexit vote in the UK and American Secession-era mindset. No one was really talking politics, but it’s not like it wasn’t on anyone’s mind. H ow do you grapple with what you find in Austin, the State Capitol and the centre for everything shiny and new about Texas? There are taco trucks with lines snaking matter-of-factly around the corner; coffee shops with protected Wi-Fi and newly fashioned beards; software companies that seem to do nothing at all; a festival every other day; and a growing contingent of maladapted homeless living anywhere they can. The city is growing at a manic pace, but unlike Dallas, Like every other F-TYPE, this one has the exhaust note everyone else dreams of Austin’s State Capitol (above left) and Sam Houston who brought Texas in to the United States (below left). The Salt Lick’s famous BBQ (above) from the inside out. Grab a taxi (or a rickshaw) and the driver will casually mutter things about folks moving in and changing the city. Change is natural. Austin is struggling to handle it, never quite sure what is new or great enough. Among all the newness, the Texas State Capitol building remains a gem. The building celebrates its 128th birthday this year. As you peer down South Congress Avenue, staring at downtown, it stands out among the new, glassy buildings being erected by the minute. You begin to wonder how long before it turns modern, too, and relish the moment that Texas was beautiful. Austin has morphed into something in between the serve-me-now attitude of Silicon Valley and careless outlook of Los Angeles. At one point, Austin was considered a bastion of liberal expression in the red state of Texas. The mood now is more of a throwaway society, albeit one absolutely committed to recycling. Although the purpose of this journey was to travel slowly, it was difficult to ignore some of the nation’s highest legal speed limits on the toll roads that surround Austin. The F-TYPE SVR barely registers a heartbeat while cruising at 80mph. Austin is also the city that’s home to Circuit of the Americas, the US home for Formula 1. A pilgrimage here is a must. Take the tour, if you can, or see if you can get in any closer. The road from Austin to San Antonio is short but lonely and seems to last forever. You can jump on the Interstate and cruise for an hour or so and make the connection, or detour along the two-lane backroads. No matter which route you select, the scenery is unremarkable, what with cracking pavement surrounded by decaying brush on either side. The speed limit, however, is still reasonable. About a quarter of the way between the two cities in the hamlet of Driftwood is the Salt Lick, a tabernacle for the barbecue faithful. You smell the hickory and smoke way before your eyes reach the modest shack to the side of THE JAGUAR 73

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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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