Classic Jag returns home

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Cars, unless they’re kept within families for generations (or left forgotten in a shed), tend to change hands and see the world, winding up at opposite ends of counties, countries and even continents.

However, a classic 1948 Jaguar MK IV sports saloon once owned by Arthur Whittaker (former deputy chairman of Jaguar Cars) was reunited with his family – in mint condition – 67 years after he waved goodbye to it. Sold for a not inconsiderable £70,000 at a recent Brooklands auction in Surrey, its new owners are Whittaker’s four granddaughters – Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte – who discovered by chance only two weeks previous that the car was for sale.

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Cash ain’t always king

A lot of new technology is about making life much simpler, but also has the side effect of making us lazier. We can video chat with friends without getting out of bed, print our photographs without leaving the house, while smartphone access to a world of information from our pockets removes the need to think for ourselves or retain too much information.

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Land Rover Launching Superfast SUV

 

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If you’re into that sort of thing, Land Rover have recently announced their fastest ever Range Rover – the Range Rover Sport SVR (SVR will be the future designation for all the more sporty-minded Land Rover and Jaguar models).

This version gets a 5.0L supercharged V8 engine with an output of 542hp, and will charge to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds, topping out at 260 kph. The pretty great looking SVR will make its début a Pebble Beach in California this Thursday. All of that power is delivered or restrained via an eight speed automatic transmission, upgraded air suspension and bushings, and a four-wheel drive chassis, despite the fact that driving on a slightly grassy lane is as much off-roading as the average Range Rover will experience.

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Jaguar’s virtual windscreen

Jaguar have recently revealed their latest technological concept and we have only two words for it – yes, please.

Basically speaking it’s a virtual windscreen – displaying lots of handy pieces of information on the glass including hazard, speed and navigation icons. Despite the fact that Jaguar are highlighting the everyday practicalities of this concept in terms of safer driving (so drivers needn’t take their eyes off the road), the most exciting thing is that it could also help drivers to go even faster on a track day (people generally bring their Jags to track days, right?). That’s more like it.

Virtual racing lines and braking guidance could be projected on the windscreen along with your lap times and information on other drivers. It’ll also let you push your skills harder as you race against your previous laps or lap times which have been uploaded by other drivers.

Video gamers, rejoice. Gran Turismo is truly coming to life.