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Jaguar to Focus on an All-Electric Race Series

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Jaguar will make history this weekend with the debut of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars. It will be the first time women compete against men in a race in Saudi Arabia, andKatherine Legge, Célia Martin and Alice Powell will be amongst the first women to take part in a motor race in the Kingdom.

In the ancient surroundings of Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, 11 drivers from five continents will take on the 21 twists and turns of the 2.495km track, which starts and finishes in the heart of the old town.

Entrants will be joined by VIP driver and British racing star AlicePowell. The 25-year-old was the first ever female to win a Formula Renault Championship, the first female to score points in the GP3 Series and in2014, was Champion in the Formula Renault Asia Championship. Alice was recently named in the first selection for the upcoming W Series. As a Dare to be Different Ambassador, she supports and develops young female karting talent, as well as coaching up-and-coming young female drivers.

The race is on Saturday 15 December at 12:50 local time, before the main ABB FIA Formula E race. A shakedown and free practice session will take place on Friday, and qualifying is at 07:55 on Saturday. The race is 25 minutes + 1lap of full power racing. Fans around the world will be able to watch the action free on Jaguar Racing’s Facebook and Twitter channels with TV presenters Vernon Kay and Amanda Stretton hosting live from Saudi Arabia.

Gerd Mäuser, Chairman of Jaguar Racing, said: “We are immensely proud to reach this historic moment. We had an idea that we could bring electric production car racing to city streets, and showcase the power and capability of the award-winning Jaguar I-PACE. This weekend that will become a reality. We have built this championship from scratch, attracting drivers, teams and sponsors from all over the world, and this is just the beginning.”

Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder, Formula E, said: “Congratulations and good luck to Jaguar Racing this weekend as they embark on a historic first for motorsport and electrification. We are proud to have them on the grid inFormula E and now with a spectacular support series with the Jaguar I-PACEeTROPHY. This gives our fans an exciting addition to our one-day race format and I can’t wait to watch the action and see the first winner.”

The line-up for the first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race is:     

Driver Driver flag Team Car number
Alice Powell Great Britain Jaguar VIP car 1
Katherine Legge Great Britain Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 3
Bryan Sellers USA Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 6
Cacá Bueno Brazil Jaguar Brazil Racing 0
Sérgio Jimenez Brazil Jaguar Brazil Racing 10
Célia Martin France Viessman Jaguar eTROPHY Team Germany 7
Tao Wang China Team China 8
Yaqi Zhang China Team China 9
Simon Evans New Zealand Team Asia New Zealand 99
Ahmed Bin Khanen Saudi Arabia Saudi Racing 24
Bandar Alesayi Saudi Arabia Saudi Racing 12

Alice Powell said: “I am super excited to have been given this opportunity by Jaguar to race in their VIP car in the all-new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. Electric is the way the world is going, so to have the chance to drive in this series, in the early stages of this new era, is fantastic. It’s been 3 years since my last race, so I cannot wait to get back out there and would like to thank Jaguar for this opportunity.” 

Katherine Legge, RLL Racing said: “My main focus will obviously be trying to win the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, not as a female, but as one of many racecar drivers. That would be a perfect way to make history. I know there will be a lot of focus on Célia and I racing in a country that has only just allowed females to drive and I think we are doing a great thing to bring attention to women in racing – alongside the FIA’s Women in Motorsport commission. As I’ve said before, the car does not know the difference, so I will just focus on doing the job I am there to do.”

Bryan Sellers, RLL Racing said, “We have completed four days of testing at two tracks and in different conditions,” added Sellers. “I feel like we have been able to learn a lot along the way and have been very productive in our testing.  It has honestly been very difficult because there is a lot to learn.  The driving style of the I-PACE is significantly different to anything I have driven in quite a long time. I do however feel that all the teams and all the drivers are finding the same conclusions. That is what is making this series something interesting and different.  Our expectations are high. Katherine and I both want to deliver results for RLL but also achieve results because we were chosen to represent Team USA.”

Sérgio Jimenez, Jaguar Brazil Racing driver, said: “Our expectations are very high. We have had great practice sessions and have learned a lot. We met the team and started getting used to things like the sound and the tyres. It all just made our optimism grow and gave us confidence for some great results.”

Cacá Bueno, Jaguar Brazil Racing said, “The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is the first electric touring car championship and I’m really excited to be part of it. We will make history when we the lights go green for the first run in Ad Diriyah. Electric cars are the future. Not only in road cars, but also for motorsports. I’m convinced the event will be a huge success and the crowd will have an amazing show.”

Ahmed Bin Khanen, Saudi Racing said: “It’s really great to be part of the Jaguar I-PACEeTROPHY Championship, especially as the first race is in Saudi Arabia with my family and friends. I hope to get a good race result and most importantly, make the race exciting for fans to watch.”

Simon Evans, Team Asia New Zealand said: “It’s going to be a clean slate heading into the first race, as everyone is new to the cars and the circuit. I’m very proud to represent Team Asia New Zealand in this exciting championship. It’s going to be great to have my brother, Mitch, in my corner helping out where he can. The I-PACE eTROPHY is very different to his Formula Ecar but I’m sure he won’t be shy in telling his older brother what to do!”

Célia Martin, Viessman Jaguar eTROPHY Team Germany said: “As racing has alwaysbeen a childhood dream of mine I`m now really keen on starting in my firstseason. After the tests andour preliminaries I feel well prepared for our first race in Riyadh. Let’s get started!”

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MG Motor Conducts Hot Weather Testing of its All-Electric Marvel R in the Middle East

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MG Motor has confirmed it has been conducting hot weather testing of its all-electric and exciting Marvel R model in the Middle East.  This marks a crucial phase for the MG brand as it looks to pave the way for future all-electric car launches in this region.  The car has been pushed to the limits as part of a range of different evaluations in various hot weather situations and conditions, to ensure it lives up to the high standards delivered by the rest of the MG product lineup.

The MG Marvel R embodies a progressive design interpretation of the future that endows it with an attractive and powerful presence.  The Marvel R is a zero-emission, all-electric flagship SUV from MG that offers unparalleled class-leading features, comfort, safety, reliability, as well as range. It exemplifies the dynamic and progressive nature of the brand. The first stage of the Marvel R testing in the region occurred in the UAE in 2021 under cooler conditions. This second testing stage is now taking place in the extremely hot weather conditions of the UAE and soon across all the GCC markets.

Tom Lee, Managing Director of MG, said: “When we relaunched the MG brand in the Middle East, we committed ourselves to work incessantly with our team in HQ to ensure our products are continuously enhanced and optimally equipped for each individual market’s environmental conditions.  This ensures our vehicles, especially our fully electric Marvel R, are among the most capable vehicles in all our markets. With these assessments, we are getting closer to introducing an exciting range of electric models to our customers in the Middle East who are ready to embrace an all-electric lifestyle.”

The all-electric Marvel R from MG is a full battery-electric SUV for a new generation of drivers who value innovative design, personal comfort, outstanding performance, and a confident range with fast charging capabilities.  The car has an eye-catching look to match its inner strength.  A smooth, sporty design accentuates the SUV coupe body type, with a low and rear-leaning centre of gravity.  The forceful and elegant X-shaped face flows from the front into wide, bold body contours, forming an unmistakably powerful design statement.

“The car is equipped with innovative technology to offer the driver an immersive, exhilarating drive.  Middle East drivers will get to experience technology at an advanced level with real-time functional information and personalised entertainment, while making the most of hands-free music, navigation, phone, and vehicle controls.  The car’s Zero-emission performance has a 70-Kilowatt battery and a maximum range of 402 kilometres (WLTP).  With three electric motors, a combined 288 PS, and 665 Nm performance, the MG Marvel R accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds,” the company said.

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INFINITI Rolls Out its INFINITI VALET Program Across the Middle East

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INFINITI customers can have their vehicle collected for an upcoming maintenance appointment by VALET truck (where available), a service team member or a recovery vehicle from their home or office. Payment can be settled online after the service is completed and the car is returned to the owner.

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The INFINITI Valet Program is available to all INFINITI customers, regardless of vehicle age, and is not limited to any kind of warranty. The program can also be used in conjunction with INFINITI’s Courtesy Vehicle Program, where available, allowing the INFINITI owner to enjoy seamless mobility while their vehicle is being serviced.

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Cadillac Reveals CELESTIQ Show Car

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Today, Cadillac unveiled the CELESTIQ show car, a vision of innovation and purpose that previews the brand’s future handcrafted and all-electric flagship sedan. Conceived to lead Cadillac’s electric future and inspired by the brand’s 120-year heritage, it serves as a touchstone for the Cadillac design and engineering teams, who continue to develop CELESTIQ as it moves closer to production.

“The CELESTIQ show car is the purest expression of Cadillac,” said Magalie Debellis, manager, Cadillac Advanced Design. “It brings to life the most integrated expressions of design and innovation in the brand’s history, coalescing in a defining statement of a true Cadillac flagship.”

In developing the show car, the design and engineering teams immersed themselves in the artisanship and customization that defined early Cadillac sedans such as the bespoke V-16 powered coaches of the prewar era, and the hand-built 1957 Eldorado Brougham. The CELESTIQ is the culmination of that heritage, brought to life with innovative production methods and new technologies.

“Those vehicles represented the pinnacle of luxury in their respective eras, and helped make Cadillac the standard of the world,” said Tony Roma, chief engineer. “The CELESTIQ show car — also a sedan, because the configuration offers the very best luxury experience — builds on that pedigree and captures the spirit of arrival they expressed.”

Designers drew further inspiration from classic architecture such as the mid-century masterpieces of architect Eero Saarinen, along with other iconic American designs, which made era-defining statements when introduced and endured with distinctive timelessness.

Realizing and infusing those influences within an Ultium-based EV architecture resulted in a clean-sheet expression for the CELESTIQ show car that considers the entirety of travel as a curated experience — one intended to evoke an emotional response.  The result is a vehicle that makes a magnetic first impression and cultivates a permanent personal connection.

“We’ve combined the beauty of function with the beauty of form,” said Laetitia Lopez, Color & Trim creative designer. “We had to reconsider all aspects to immerse the customer, all of their senses, and create a connection with the vehicle through the finest genuine materials, exceptional detailing and advanced technology.”

The show car previews some of the materials, innovative technologies and hand-crafted attention to detail harnessed to express Cadillac’s vision for the future. Highlights include five high-definition, advanced LED interactive displays, including a 55-inch-diagonal advanced LED display, along with expected many industry firsts such as a variable-transmission Smart Glass Roof and Ultra Cruise1, General Motors’ next evolution of available hands-free driver assistance technology which Cadillac plans to offer on CELESTIQ.

The Smart Glass Roof features Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology that allows for four zones of variable lighting, allowing passengers to fine-tune their cabin experience for completely personalized comfort and visibility. Additionally, the 55-inch-diagonal advanced LED display introduces a passenger display with electronic digital blinds, an active privacy technology, which is designed to allow passengers to enjoy video content while blocking it from the view of the driver.

While they’re previewed on the show car, these technologies and more will make the CELESTIQ the most advanced vehicle ever from Cadillac. Availability for the production version of CELESTIQ will be announced at a later date.

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