The latest issue of The Jaguar magazine introduces our new ‘cub’, the E-PACE compact practical sports car, which is already turning heads on the street. As we commit to electrifying every new Jaguar by 2020, we explore how pushing boundaries on the track helps develop our sports cars, from writing motorsport history at Le Mans, to taking on the Nürburgring with the extreme XE SV Project 8 and being at the very cutting edge with the FIA Formula E Championship.
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MACH 2 Concorde’s elegant nose was designed to droop, enabling pilots to see the runway on take-off and landing. PHOTOGRAPHY: UNITED ARCHIVES / IMAGO 66 THEJAGUAR
FEELING SUPERSONIC FOR 28 YEARS THE CONCORDE DEFIED THE CLOCK BY BEING FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF SOUND, LANDING AT ITS DESTINATION BEFORE IT TOOK OFF. A DENVER- BASED START-UP, BOOM TECHNOLOGY, BELIEVES THE WORLD IS READY AGAIN FOR TIME TRAVEL. WORDS: Paul Entwistle One of the most beautiful and without a doubt powerful civilian aircraft ever built first took to the air on March 2nd 1969. Jointly developed by Great Britain and France, the Concorde was both a master of technology and design. It revolutionized passenger air travel overnight, halving the journey time between Europe and North America. Capable of maintaining supersonic flight, i.e. cruising at 1,350 miles per hour, (over twice the speed of sound) at near stratospheric altitudes, the Concorde entered service in January 1976. Flying the Concorde had its costs – a criticism that its supporters vehemently deny, arguing that in the final months of operating the Concorde, British Airways was actually making a profit from their fleet of supersonic airliners. And yet, in the cost-conscious early years of the 21st century, an aircraft which consumed a ton of fuel for each of its 128 passengers crossing the Atlantic was neither ecologically friendly nor was it truly economically viable. For the last decade and a half passengers have had to do without supersonic air travel. In an age when airliners are like buses and look remarkably similar regardless of where they are built, the unique mix of muscle and visual grace that was the Concorde is missing from our skies. Not for much longer. Ever since the Concorde spooled its engines down for the last time in 2003, passengers have been relegated to the commuter–like monotony of subsonic THEJAGUAR 67
JAGUAR MAGAZINE celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from seductive design to cutting-edge technology.
The latest issue features a range of inspiring people: from Luke Jennings, creator of Villanelle, one of the most interesting television characters in recent times, to Marcus Du Sautoy, who ponders whether artificial intelligence is on the brink of becoming creative. Out on the road, we visit the US to explore the foodie heaven of Portland in a Jaguar I-PACE, take a Jaguar XE to the south of France to get a photographer’s viewpoint of the charming town of Arles, and much more.