Saturday September 24th, 2011 18:14 Jaguar Land Rover Announce New Job-Creating Factory in West Midlands


There was some much needed good news for the UK car industry this week, as Jaguar Land Rover announced that they would be building an engine factory in Wolverhampton. The building of the factory will result in a total of 750 new jobs being created and will cost £355 million.

The engines that are to be manufactured at the new facility are expected to be all new, advanced technology, low-emission ones. With this in mind, you can expect to see V6 and V8 petrol engines built there, along with a V6 diesel unit.

Speaking at the announcement of the new factory, Jaguar Land Rover‘s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ralf Speth, said: “As part of our long-term strategy for the JLR business, we will design, engineer and manufacture a new family of advanced engines. This is a major commitment for our company and we will produce these advanced, highly-efficient engines for future Jaguar and Land Rover models at a new facility in the UK.”

He continued: “As we invest £1.5 billion a year for the next five years on new product developments, expanding our engine range will help us realise the full potential of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. The all-new family of 4 cylinder engines will increase JLR’s capability to offer high performance engines with class-leading levels of refinement, whilst ensuring continued significant reductions in vehicle emissions.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg stopped looking sad for a moment to express his enthusiasm for the new factory: “Jaguar Land Rover’s decision to build its new engine plant in Wolverhamption is fantastic news. It means over 700 new jobs for local people, an investment of over £300 million in the West Midlands and recognition of the expertise in the British workforce and manufacturing sector.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable described the news as a “tremendous boost for manufacturing in the UK and the West Midlands in particular.”

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Monday May 9th, 2011 20:29 Jaguar Announce Production of C-X75 Supercar

 

On Friday, Jaguar announced that it would be building a limited run of its Project C-X75 electric supercar. Built in conjunction with the Williams F1 team, the four-wheel-drive C-X75 was first revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Described as “the ultimate expression of Jaguar design and engineering innovation,” it is being built to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Coventry-based manufacturer.

With a chassis made of carbon-fibre, the C-X75′s body will weigh just 1,350kg. That is lighter than a Ford Focus. Jaguar anticipates that the hybrid will produce CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km, making it one of the most efficient supercars in the world. In certain modes, Jaguar claim that the car can emit just 70g/km of CO2. Incorporating a Kinetic Energy Regeneration System (KERS), the C-X75 will be capable of silent electric running with an extensive range in excess of 50km. It will also have a zero emission mode where it can run solely on electric power for around 30 miles.

Whereas the concept car revealed at the 2010 Paris Road Show included jet engines, the production version will instead sport a highly-boosted 1.6-litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developed by Williams. Williams will also provide assistance with aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies. Although there has been no official word on the power output of the Jaguar, it is expected to be in excess of 900bhp.

Aided by its lightweight chassis and ceramic brakes, the Jaguar C-X75 will go from 0-60mph in less than 3 seconds and from 0-100 in less than six seconds. Its top speed is expected to be in excess of 200mph.

Expected to go on sale some time in 2013, the Jaguar C-X75 should provide stern competition to any Ferrari or Lamborghini, and is likely to cost somewhere between £700,000 and £900,000.

 

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Monday November 29th, 2010 17:35 Jaguar is celebrating 75 Years in Style- Welcome the Jaguar C-X75

Jagua C-X75

It was nearly twenty years ago, in the early 1990′s, when Jaguar last put a new super model car on the market. Now, in commemoration of their 75th anniversary, they have introduced the Jaguar C-X75 concept car. This new car combines lithium-ion batteries, four electric motors, and two gas turbine generators as its power sources.

The Jaguar C-X75 has a 195 horsepower electric motor for each of its four wheels. All together these can produce 778 horsepower. The two gas turbine generators can supply extra power to the electric motors, or they can recharge the battery pack. The batteries can also be charged from an ordinary electrical outlet in about six hours.
On just battery power, this Jaguar can go up to 68 miles. When the electric part of the powertrain combines with the twin gas turbines, the C-X75 can go as far as 560 miles. The C-X75 can reach a little over 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, and it can go as fast as 205 miles per hour!

The styling of this Jaguar concept car is remarkable, and its gorgeous and artful interior only adds to its appeal. The switch to start the Jaguar C-X75 is located on an overhead control panel that somewhat replicates that of an airplane. After it is started, the C-X75 certainly does not give the impression of being the supercar that it is. It is almost totally quiet, and only a very low hum can be heard from the electric motors.

The C-X75 performs in one of two ways. It can be driven by battery power alone in its standard mode or with added power from the turbine generators in its Track Mode. Either way, it is one awesome concept car. We can only hope that it will eventually put on the production line.

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