JLR reveals R&D future plans: F-Type short film featuring super model David Gandy
British automakers Jaguar Land Rover have confirmed plans to set up a £100 million ($160 million) R&D Center in the UK. They have also revealed future plans as to how they will go about this huge investment. Apart from this, Jaguar F-Type short film called Escapism is released, featuring British model David Gandy.
Construction of the new center will start one year from now in September 2014 while the facility will be ready by 2016. Once completed the R&D Center will feature engineering workshops and labs, advanced powertrain facilities and will develop the latest designs, visualisation and technologies in the future. Around 200 Jaguar Land Rover researchers and engineers are already based Warwick while the company hopes to take their research team count to 500 persons once the facility is ready for operation in 2016.
Speaking about the new short film by Jaguar UK, featuring the new F-Type, British supermodel David Gandy comments, “Jaguar, with its unique, seductive design and high performance engineering is making the world fall in love all over again with the classic British two-seater sports car. It was such a pleasure to take a journey in some of the most fabulous cars in automotive history through to the new F-TYPE, which more than lives up to its sporting predecessors.”
JAGUAR LAND ROVER REVEALS FUTURE PLANS FOR R&D IN THE UK
- Jaguar Land Rover confirms its commitment to research and development in the UK, with a multi-million pound investment in a new technology, innovation and education centre at the University of Warwick
- National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) construction begins September 2014
- The facility will open in 2016 and Jaguar Land Rover will double the size of its advanced research team
Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled details of its future plans for advanced research and development in the UK which will now be focused on a new cutting-edge technology, innovation and education centre in Warwick.
The National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) is designed to create a large-scale collaborative research environment. It will bring academics from the UK’s leading universities together with researchers and engineers from Jaguar Land Rover and our supply chain, in a single, multi-purpose, state-of-the-art research facility.
Jaguar Land Rover is the lead partner in the project investing £50m, along with Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group ) and the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE).
Construction of the nearly £100m NAIC is scheduled to begin in September 2014 at the University of Warwick. Around 1000 academics, researchers, technologists and engineers will work in the building, which will feature engineering workshops and laboratories, advanced powertrain facilities and the latest advanced design, visualisation and rapid prototyping technologies.
The development of the new facility, which will complement Jaguar Land Rover’s product creation centres in Gaydon and Whitley, will be co-ordinated by Dr Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Research and Technology. In this new board-level role, Dr Epple is leading Jaguar Land Rover’s innovation and advanced research initiatives and has been appointed a Honorary Fellow at WMG.
Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Investing in collaboration, innovation, research and education is vital if we want to be on a par with our international competitors. Our future sales success, the success of our global business – and the UK economy – lies in the engineering and innovation that will take place in NAIC.
“Creating a new national focus for automotive research and consolidating Jaguar Land Rover’s growing research and advanced engineering operations in one centre offers us huge potential. With a critical mass of research capability we will put the UK at the very centre of the global automotive industry – with the NAIC at its hub.”
The development of the NAIC project is the next stage in Jaguar Land Rover’s long-term research strategy and builds on the success Jaguar Land Rover has enjoyed as part of its long-standing relationship with WMG at the University of Warwick. Nearly 200 Jaguar Land Rover researchers and engineers are currently based at WMG, collaborating with university experts on a number of projects.
Jaguar Land Rover expects that it will more than double the size of its advanced research team to 500 people by the time the NAIC opens in 2016.
Antony Harper, Jaguar Land Rover’s Head of Research, said: “We will announce the details of the specific research projects on which our NAIC research team will collaborate in due course, but these will be long-term, multi-disciplinary challenges – such as electrification, smart & connected cars and Human Machine Interface – which will help us create some key new technologies that will deliver a low-carbon future.
“These collaborative research programmes will harness the best of UK engineering innovation, and with the extra capability the NAIC gives us, you can expect the number and range of new, fresh innovative ideas that we patent, and then take to production in the future, will increase significantly.”
As well as the skills and knowledge that will be developed within these research projects, NAIC will have a key role in developing the skills of school children and engineering students, who will be able to use NAIC’s laboratories and a dedicated engineering education facility.
Dr. Wolfgang Epple added: “Economic growth can only be sustained if we and our suppliers can find the right quality and quantity of skilled people. We need to ensure that we are inspiring people to consider engineering and encourage a passion for science, technology and maths from a young age.
“The NAIC will become a centre of training and skills to help ensure we have enough young people wanting to develop a career in engineering and manufacturing. NAIC will also play a key role in nurturing the next generation of engineers and technologists.”
BRITISH SUPER MODEL DAVID GANDY LAUNCHES NEW ‘ESCAPISM’ SHORT FILM
- David Gandy discusses his ultimate passion in new short film at: http://youtu.be/J_jvfrz12NI
- New film features Gandy driving iconic Jaguar sports cars and new F-TYPE convertible
- Film introduction by David Gandy and preview at Goodwood Revival
Today Jaguar has launched a short online film featuring renowned British model David Gandy. The film is about his number one passion in life; driving sports cars, which he describes as “the ultimate escapism” from his hectic life as he drives some of the most famous sports cars ever produced.
The film, which also celebrates the latest addition to Jaguar’s iconic sporting bloodline, the new F-TYPE convertible, is now available to view, share and embed at the official Jaguar YouTube channel: (http://youtu.be/J_jvfrz12NI).
In the film, Gandy gives us insight into his life as he invites us on a road trip that starts at dusk as he escapes ‘the craziness of London’. David Gandy: Escapism features the style icon driving his favourite British heritage cars from the C-Type, E-Type and XKSS, through to the very latest F-TYPE.
Gandy discusses his passion for driving; “that feeling of freedom, just you and the car” and how driving is his ‘meditation’. Throughout, he wears the same Persol sunglasses as one of his icons, Steve McQueen, who famously owned a Jaguar XKSS.
The film was fittingly first previewed at Goodwood Revival, the world’s most popular historic motor sport celebration. David was there in person to share the film with Revival visitors on the Jaguar stand in the Earl’s Court Motor Show Exhibition.
David Gandy comments: “Jaguar, with its unique, seductive design and high performance engineering is making the world fall in love all over again with the classic British two-seater sports car. It was such a pleasure to take a journey in some of the most fabulous cars in automotive history through to the new F-TYPE, which more than lives up to its sporting predecessors.”
Earlier this year, Gandy was part of the Jaguar Heritage Racing team at the Mille Miglia, a one thousand mile celebration of a vintage car race held in Italy. David partnered with British fashion icon Yasmin Le Bon in a classic Jaguar XK120 on the event. He describes the exciting and challenging event as ‘one of the greatest adventures of my life’.