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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?


JAGUAR XJ: 50 YEARS OF AN ICON 1968 SERIES 1 1968 was a year of political and societal change, with people worldwide seeking greater freedom of deed and thought, summed up well culturally by The Beatles’ “White Album” double LP, which featured thought-provoking songs like Revolution 1 and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Written at an Indian retreat for transcendental meditation, the music and the hippy lifestyle of the musicians became the trademark style reference of an entire generation and was reflected in the psychedelic colours and organic shapes of everything from furniture design to contemporary art. Meanwhile, in the late sixties Jaguar made its own quantum leap with the introduction of the XJ Series 1. The XJ shape was another Sir William Lyons masterpiece and Jaguar Chief Vehicle Engineer Bob Knight’s work on development set new standards for ride and refinement. The 1968 XJ Series 1’s excellent proportions and engineering execution was thus perfect for its equally successful and forwardlooking (but probably less hairy) clientele. A few years later, a 5.3 litre V12 engine was offered from 1972 in the follow-up XJ12. The XJ12 was Lyons’ crowning achievement; Jaguar could now claim to have the fastest production four-seater in the world with a maximum speed just short of 140mph. 72 THE JAGUAR

PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES/MIMI HADDON; JOHN PRATT/KEYSTONE/GETTY IMAGES; DOUG WILSON/CORBIS/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES; MARK MADEO/FUTURE PUBLISHING VIA GETTY IMAGES “ A SHAPELY TWO-DOOR COUPÉ WENT ON SALE IN 1975 AND HAS SINCE BECOME A COLLECTOR’S ITEM” 1973 SERIES 2 More stringent US crash safety regulations were a factor in the development of the Series 2 launched in September 1973. To comply, a higher front bumper was created, and the smaller orange indicator lamps placed below it differentiate the 2 from the 1 clearly from the front, but the bigger change was a completely revised interior. A shapely two-door coupé version went on sale in 1975 and has since become a collector’s item among Jaguar aficionados due to its slightly sportier profile and exterior simplicity. In that same year, a new technology company called Microsoft was formed by a 19-year-old Bill Gates with Paul Allen, launching its first computer software programme, the Altair BASIC. Big things followed... 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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