RAY MASSEY: Jaguar’s royal flush at Pippa wedding
This gorgeous sports car is cared for by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, based at Gaydon, Warks, with more than 140 cars in the collection on display (jaguarheritage.com).
Registered on February 24, 1961, the 150 mph 3.8 litre ‘straight-six’ cylinder Series 1 open two-seater was one of two E-Types used to give demonstration drives at the Geneva Motor Show, where the car caused a sensation at launch.
Pippa’s E-Type, reg no 77 RW, is owned by Michael Kilgannon, who put it on permanent loan to the Trust.
Old wave: Pippa and James drive off in the classic E-Type after their wedding last weekend
Their website notes: ‘The E-Type attracted many celebrity and VIP owners, from the world of motor racing and showbusiness, as well as Royalty.’
‘Two Jags’ Pippa arrived at her wedding with her father Michael in the open-top 1951 Jaguar Mk V drophead coupe.
Also on duty was a vintage Mk IX Jaguar transporting Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
By George: The young prince waves from the window of a vintage Mk IX Jaguar as he and Princess Charlotte arrive
Drophead gorgeous: Pippa arrives at her wedding with her father Michael in an open-top 1951 Jaguar Mk V drophead coupe
THRIFTY KIA’S A CITY NIPPER
Nippy and nifty in town with sporty looks to match, I was much taken with Kia’s spicy new Picanto super-mini.
Subjected to the worst of London’s inner-city stop-start driving, it performed admirably.
It’s no slouch on motorways and country lanes either, as a run up to the Midlands proved.
The range starts at £9,450, but I drove a fetching, fully-loaded top-of-the-range 1.25 GT-Line S at £13,950.
It came complete with 7 in touchscreen satnav and hi-fi with speed camera alert, reversing cameras, sunroof, heated front seats, privacy glass, stainless steel pedals and retractable mirror — handy for parking in tight spots.
The interior is similarly sporty, with supportive sports seats and good headrests
Top speed is 107 mph and rest to 60 mph acceleration takes 11.6 seconds, but its 1.25-litre 83 bhp petrol engine linked to a five-speed manual gearbox should deliver a thrifty 60 mpg.
- Jaguar is launching its fastest ‘road legal’ car, an XE Project 8 created by its special vehicle operations division, powered by a 600 bhp 5-litre V8 and limited to 300 units. It comes as Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Dr Ralf Speth won the top honour in Autocar’s motor industry Oscars for transforming the company with award-winning cars.
FORD HIRES DRIVERLESS BOSS
A big shake-up at Ford will have huge implications for motorists by accelerating the drive towards electric self-driving cars, robotics and artificial intelligence.
Ford has ditched global chief executive Mark Fields and replaced him with former office furniture boss Jim Hackett — who heads the car giant’s driverless cars and mobility division.
It comes after Ford’s shares fell 40 per cent, leaving electric car firm Tesla being valued more than the traditional car maker.
Eco marathon: Countdown’s Rachel Riley
Electric car drivers will soon be able to ‘fill up’ at Shell filling stations. Shell will open its first electric vehicle (EV) charging post in the UK in July under the banner ShellReCharge, with nine more to come this year.
The first charging post will be at Whyteleafe service station, between Croydon and the M25. Shell’s Make The Future Live festival is on at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, until tomorrow.
Countdown’s maths expert Rachel Riley launched the Shell Eco-marathon, involving futuristic fuel-efficient vehicles from 170 university teams. Go to uk.makethe future.shell.
British car design received a £7 million boost this week with the opening of the National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University, which aims to boost skills and develop new vehicles.
- There are exciting times ahead for British sports car maker Lotus, which, along with its Malaysian parent company Proton, has been snapped up by Chinese car-maker Geely. Geely already owns the UK’s London Taxi Company, building electric cars in Coventry, and Sweden’s Volvo.
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online