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RACING WHY A BONA FIDE MOTORSPORT LEGEND AND RACE CHAMP SIGNED UP TO LEAD THE FIRST RACING TEAM IN JAGUAR’S NEW PURE- ELECTRIC SERIES STORY: Guy Bird PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK DIMBLEBY In racing you’re always looking for the advantage,” says American motorsport legend and race team owner Bobby Rahal. “Our team has always been an early adopter, so hoisting the electric flag by joining the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series just kind of fits.” The three-time IndyCar champion and Indianapolis 500 winner’s team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, was the first to sign up to join Jaguar’s new single-make championship, which begins in December 2018. (And yes, the Letterman in the title does relate to the involvement of famous US talk-show host David Letterman. Rahal appeared on Letterman’s TV program after winning the 1986 Indy championship; the two struck up a strong friendship that led to their business involvement in the current team.) Rahal, 65, has a long-standing relationship with Jaguar too: He held a management role in the brand’s Formula One team of the early-2000s; has run a Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Pennsylvania since 2001; owned a ’61 E-type convertible and has driven various classic racing Jaguars. So his latest step seems a natural progression. “I’m pleased to be selling the I-PACE as a dealer and entering it into racing THEJAGUAR 71
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.