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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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Rimac Concept_One Takes Centre Stage at New Hypercar Exhibit

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Rimac Automobili’s first production model and the world’s first electric hypercar – the Concept_One – is a part of a new hypercar exhibit at the world-famous Petersen Automotive Museum in California. Joined by game-changing icons like the Bugatti Veyron and Koenigsegg Agera RS, it’s an exploration of the recent phenomenon of cars with such other-worldly performance that they go beyond the realm of the supercar, and into the hyper.

The new ‘Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme’ exhibit opened on December 4th, designed to showcase what hypercars stand for and why they continue to captivate the global automotive community. It’s just one part of the Museum, which is described as “the world’s greatest automotive museum”, housing one of the largest collections ever assembled, from all-time classics to modern-day racing cars and cutting-edge electric vehicles of the future. The Concept_One on display is in fact the very first production example ever produced, owned by Mr. Paul Runge based in the US, who wished to give the public a chance to see the hypercar in the metal.

The Concept_One was Mate Rimac’s first car built from the ground up and was designed to showcase the potential of electric technology in the world of automotive performance. Born out of Rimac’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of technology and electric powertrains, the Concept_One was not only intended to transform the performance EV platform but to prove that an electric powertrain can make a car faster, but also more exciting, too.

Revealed to the world in production form in 2016, the Concept_One was based upon entirely new powertrain systems and an original platform developed in-house by Rimac. Powered by four magnetic electric motors – one for each wheel – with a total output of 900 kW/1224hp and 1600Nm of torque from 8450 battery cells, the Concept_One was soon recognized as one of the fastest road cars, at the time beating many hypercars off-the-line. It’s capable of accelerating from standstill to 100 km/h (62mph) in just 2.5 seconds, to 200 km/h (124mph) in 6, and to 300 km/h (186mph) in 14 seconds.

The Concept_One also helped to lay the foundations for Rimac Automobili’s latest all-electric hypercar, the Nevera. Although not a single component was carried over from Concept_One, the experience helped the Rimac Automobili team to create evolutions of some of Concept_One’s technologies, including Rimac All-Wheel Torque Vectoring, and a quad-motor powertrain fed by a 120kWh battery. Rimac’s next generation, Nevera, is the most technologically advanced hypercar in the world and the fastest accelerating production car, launched by its 1,914hp motors to 300km/h (186mph) in 9.3 seconds – nearly a full five seconds faster than Concept_One.

Mate Rimac, CEO and founder of Rimac Automobili, adds: “With the Concept_One, we didn’t want to simply create an electric version of existing hypercars. We wanted to create the hypercar of the 21st century. To have it stand wheel-to-wheel with other iconic hypercars in one of the most prestigious automotive museums in the world is a real honour for us. And, with only eight built, this exhibit will provide visitors with a rare glimpse of the car that so much of our knowledge and technology is built upon. The Concept_One is an absolutely crucial part of Rimac Automobili history and – while we’ve come so far since – we’ll always look back at Concept_One proud of the electric revolution we helped to kickstart.”

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Yas Marina Circuit to Host Four-Day #ABUDHABIGP Festival

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With the four-day Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race festival just around the corner, Yas Marina Circuit is buzzing with activity as the world-famous F1 landmark prepares to welcome 60,000 motorsports fans with 55% visiting internationally, despite the current challenging conditions. Hundreds of team officials along with VIP guests, celebrities, international media, and, of course, the world’s best drivers will all be in attendance.

Making sure everything is ready and set to go ahead of the big race is a huge team of dedicated cleaners, painters, gardeners, and skilled technical experts who will be hard at work across the Circuit’s track, grandstands, and landscaped areas. As one of the world’s iconic motorsports venues, it’s vital that Yas Marina Circuit looks its very best for the tens of thousands of fans packed into the stands and the many millions watching live on TV around the globe. Squads of painters will work around the clock to apply a fresh coat of paint to the newly reconfigured 5.28-km track.

This year Yas Marina Circuit used new robot technology for the first time to mark out and paint special track run-offs to celebrate the UAE’s Year of the 50th. The innovative Robot Plotter was used for a compact and autonomous way to mark lines quickly and accurately, providing a safe and cost-effective technique. Other unique murals, painted by UAE-based artists, will feature across Yas Marina Circuit to celebrate the Golden Jubilee and the future of the region.

Before this year’s four-day racing festival, a small army of cleaners will be given the essential task of clearing away the dust from the Circuit’s impressive Grandstands. Equipped with high-pressure hoses, the team will set about tackling the Circuit’s 228 canopies over a mammoth 6,920 hours of non-stop cleaning work in order to have the venue looking spick and span and ready to welcome spectators.

Away from the track and the Grandstands, Yas Marina Circuit’s 88.4 acres of landscaped areas are also given special attention with teams of gardeners pruning and planting 2.52 acres of seasonal flowers and petunias. The green-fingered gardeners will install more than 1,750 different kinds of foliage along with 886 varieties of Palms and 529 potted plants to bring a splash of natural colour and the wonderful scented aroma of flowers to Yas Marina Circuit.

While the huge cleaning operation is going on ahead of the F1 long weekend’s official start, behind the scenes the huge logistical task of organising this epic motorsport event is already well underway. Teams of motor racing experts and logistics managers direct fleets of transporters carrying everything required for the FIA F2 Championship and the non-championship F4UAE race.

Squads of highly skilled technicians and safety experts will inspect every inch of the Circuit as part of intensive procedures to ensure the safety of the drivers, teams, and the spectators watching the F1® action unfold. With the huge to-do list slowly being completed the job by job, the time arrives for the 10 teams to land in Abu Dhabi. Fresh from the season’s penultimate race in Saudi Arabia, the teams and the hundreds of personnel that travel with them will sweep into the UAE’s capital city in a fleet of planes, ships, and lorries, all loaded with the essentials that keep F1 on the road and racing.

After 21 rounds of racing the 2021 F1 season is guaranteed a thrilling grand finale in Abu Dhabi – and Yas Marina Circuit is guaranteed to be looking great.

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IEM Opens New MG Showrooms in Sharjah and Al Ain

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Inter Emirates Motors (IEM), a subsidiary of Ali & Sons Holding LLC and MG’s official distributor in the United Arab Emirates, have announced the opening of two new showrooms across the country, adding to their existing three showrooms as a part of their expansion plans. The opening of the new MG exclusive showrooms is driven by heightened consumer demand for the British-born automobile brand along with its drive to increase its customer base across the UAE.

The new showrooms will open beginning of December 2021, at Shiab Al Ashkhar, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and at Industrial Area 12, Sharjah. The core focus of these showrooms is to widen the reach of MG Motor across the country and provide quality service to customers without compromising on convenience.

The 381sqm showroom will open in the neighbourhood of Shiab Al Ashkhar, located in the southern region of Al Ain. In Sharjah, the two-storey showroom will be located at Industrial Area 12, with ground floor having a space of 929sqm and mezzanine floor with 439sqm. Like other IEM showrooms, both the newly launched facilities will have a dedicated space for MG electric vehicles, showcasing MG’s commitment to sustainability.

Mohamed Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Managing Director of Inter Emirates Motors, said, “We are thrilled to see the phenomenal response that MG vehicles have attained over a very short period of time in the UAE. The passion and enthusiasm of motorists in the UAE for the brand is what is providing us with the opportunity to grow even faster than we projected. This enables us to further cement our national commitment to the residents of the UAE in meeting their unique needs and demands.”

IEM commenced operations for MG Motor in April 2021. Since then, it has sold over 2,600 vehicles from a variety of categories with its most recent launch being that of the all-new 2022 MG GT – which will be displayed exclusively across five IEM showrooms across the country.

The 2022 MG GT adapts the third-generation MG family design language incorporated with the aggressively sporty look. Inspired by the classic two-door MGB sports car, MG GT is the perfect choice for those looking for power at a cost-efficient price. Moreover, the new models align perfectly with the region’s demographics, resonating with freedom, aspirations, passion, and rebelliousness.

“We are extremely proud to not only have the opportunity to launch such an exceptional car in the UAE, but more importantly to have celebrated the opening of two new showrooms across the country in time for the UAE’s 50th National Day,” said Hisham Elsahn, General Manager, IEM. “The UAE is a young nation compared to other countries across the world but has outpaced the rest in terms of vision, ambition, innovation and execution. We are excited to have the opportunity to leverage our expertise within the automotive industry to drive sales for MG Motor whilst strengthening the brand in the country. We look forward to creating an impressive impact for the brand and bring joy and excitement to every MG Motor owner now and in the years to come.”

Celebrating the occasion of the UAE’s 50th National Day, IEM is running a ‘UAE 50 Years’ offer to its customers. Customers that purchase an MG vehicle between 4th to 9th December 2021 can avail a discount of up to AED 5,000.

IEM also has three dedicated service centres across the UAE, manned with almost 100 after sales representatives and equipped with 32 work bays. In Dubai a 2,700sqm facility is located in Al Khabisi in Deira, in Abu Dhabi the service centre is located in Al Mussafah, and a 600sqm facility in Ras Al Khaimah is attached to the showroom on the ‘Auto Mile’.

The MG brand officially returned to the Middle East in 2015 and has enjoyed remarkable success since last year, breaking into the top 10 car manufacturers across the GCC. Launched in 1979, Ali & Sons is well established in the UAE and has long been aligned with some of the globe’s most prestigious automotive brands. Now, through IEM, MG customers across the Emirates can benefit from the Group’s unparalleled industry experience.

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