What hap­pened was, Lau­ren and I played hookey from work and took in Jaguar/Land Rover’s Art of Per­for­mance tour, and it was a to­tal blast, a cou­ple hours of pure fun. This is just a rec­om­men­da­tion for the show plus a few things I’ve learned about the car (which re­mains su­per in­ter­est­ing) since the last Jag-Diary en­try.

The Tour · If it’s com­ing any­where near you, I rec­om­mend sign­ing up and go­ing; near as I can tel­l, the on­ly re­quire­ment is that you have a driver’s li­cense. It was in a big bor­ing sub­ur­ban mall park­ing lot. They start­ed with good cof­fee and hors d’oeuvres in a ten­t, and a bunch of pret­ty Jags and Range Rovers out­side in the park­ing lot, all un­locked so you could get in and fool around. I can’t tell one Range Rover from an­oth­er, but there was this one the size of a small nation-state, and I mean just the back seat.

Back seat of a large Range Rover

Not like the beat-up old rat­tler we had on the far­m.

We went in for an in­tro lec­ture, which was giv­en by this charm­ing dude who to­tal­ly loved cars; ear­ly in his re­marks he said “Our prod­ucts are things that ab­so­lute­ly no­body re­al­ly needs”. In maybe fif­teen min­utes we got the his­to­ry of Jaguars, which is pret­ty in­ter­est­ing; al­so of Land Rover; like quite a few grey­beards with a ru­ral back­ground, I have a mem­o­ry of the farm Land Rover, the old kind with the side­ways seats in the back. The new ones aren’t like that at al­l. The host was ac­tu­al­ly a lit­tle sar­cas­tic: “We build these ve­hi­cles that can go ev­ery­where and do ev­ery­thing, but I guess it’s OK that a lot of their own­ers don’t go any­where or do anything”.

They showed some history-of videos, which were lav­ish­ly pro­duced, with voiceover in ludicrously-plummy Bri­tish toff ac­cents. In which the pro­nun­ci­a­tion of the word “Jaguar” is lu­di­crous: JAAYG-YOU-AWW. I use a gruff North Amer­i­can JAG-WAHR. Nei­ther is et­y­mo­log­i­cal­ly sound; Wikipedia tells me that the name (of the cat, ob­vi­ous­ly) de­rives from a Tu­pi­an word and was some­thing like “yaguareté”.

The staff were uni­form­ly charm­ing, cheer­ful, and gen­uine­ly uniron­i­cal­ly en­thu­si­as­tic about their love of cars.

The first de­mo was rid­ing around in a pair of Land Rovers that they took up over and around the sides of purpose-built ob­sta­cle, tilt­ing side­ways at an an­gle of 27° (feels ter­ri­bly dan­ger­ous) and up over an odd-shaped con­struct that left the car bal­anc­ing on two wheel­s. Very cushy. Yawn. Over on Twit­ter, Mark Pe­dis­ic post­ed some pix of the even­t, in­clud­ing a Range Rover up in the air.

Then we took turns driv­ing F-Types around this big park­ing lot. There were pairs of cones all over with lights on top, which lit up in ran­dom se­quence and you had to drive through the ones with the lights on, get­ting scored on speed, pre­ci­sion, and dis­tance (less is bet­ter). You had a driv­er in the pas­sen­ger seat who yelled “Left! Hard right! Boot it! U-turn right!” and so on. I pret­ty well to­tal­ly sucked, go­ing through at least one gate back­ward. Nev­er have been any good at fol­low­ing in­struc­tion­s.

The F-Type is a blast though, a two-seater that is some­what Porsche-inspired in that it has no dec­o­ra­tion, just shape. Its en­gine sounds like a dragon’s cough, there’s plen­ty of kick, and it loves be­ing flung in­to a cor­ner.

Jaguar F-Type at the Art of Performance Tour
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Jaguar F-Type

Then we walked over to an­oth­er part of the park­ing lot where they had the I-Paces, which we drove around a course laid out in red traf­fic cones, no lights or any­thing. The I-Pace isn’t quite as ag­ile in­to the cor­ners as the F-Type but it’s still su­per­b, and OMG it has twice the kick com­ing out of the cor­ner and when you stomp the ac­cel­er­a­tor you can’t help but grin ear-to-ear. Al­so, the si­lence is eerie. The seats were di­vine. I thought it was way more fun to drive than the F-Type. I can’t wait to get mine.

Any­how, if you like cars and you get a chance, go take in the show.

Leaping Jaguar logo
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Snarling Jaguar logo

Above: Leap­ing cat. Below: Grumpy cat.

More things we know ·

  • The I-Pace is some­where be­tween 20 and 30 per­cent less ef­fi­cient at turn­ing elec­trons in­to kilo­me­ters than its Tes­la com­pe­ti­tion. Which means it is still vast­ly, huge­ly more ef­fi­cient at turn­ing units of glob­al car­bon load­ing in­to km than internal-combustion en­gi­nes; “fossil cars”, we BEV (bat­tery elec­tric ve­hi­cle) geeks say. To start with, fos­sil car ef­fi­cien­cy, in terms of turn­ing the en­er­gy avail­able in the fu­el in­to km on the road, tops out around 30%; BEVs get 90% or more. The car­bon load de­pends a lot on that of your lo­cal elec­tric­i­ty grid. Which is to say ex­cel­lent up here in the Pa­cif­ic North­west.

  • When you’re dis­cussing elec­tric cars, you can talk about kWh/100km or Wh/k­m; I pre­fer the lat­ter. Modern BEVs get num­bers be­tween 200 and 250 Wh/k­m.

  • The Jag’s ef­fec­tive range, for typ­i­cal driv­ing pat­tern­s, is some­where around 225 miles, 375 km.

  • An­droid Au­to and iOS CarPlay now run fine on the I-Pace. At the mo­men­t, you have to put An­droid Au­to in­to de­vel­op­er mode, go in­to the Devel­op­er menu, and en­able 1080p out­put, or it looks junky.

  • Ear­li­er re­views said that the in­fo­tain­ment was lag­gy and clum­sy. My per­son­al ex­pe­ri­ence of it was fine, so they must have fixed it.

  • I threw it around the lit­tle track pret­ty hard, to the ex­tent that on one straight­away the jovial Jag guy in the pas­sen­ger seat ex­claimed a word of cau­tion. At the end of that straight­away, I tried to take the almost-180° turn with just the re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing for slow­down, and I think it could have worked but my nerve failed me and I hit the brake. Fun!

  • The big mod­ern electrics that are start­ing to ar­rive (Jag, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche) can charge from charg­ers de­liv­er­ing 100KW and up. Here in Western Canada, the “Fast DC” charg­ers on­ly give 50KW. My cal­cu­la­tions sug­gest that such a charg­er will add around 220km per hour of charg­ing.

  • At the mo­men­t, long-distance trip plan­ning in a BEV is a com­pli­cat­ed thing. If you want to min­i­mize your trav­el time, you have to plan ahead to fig­ure out which charg­ers you’re go­ing to stop at, and how long you’ll spend at each  —  for a va­ri­ety of rea­son­s, you don’t want to go all the way to 100%. There are apps for that.

  • Speak­ing of which, I have looked at ChargeHub, ChargePoint, Flo, Green­lots, and PlugShare. Of those, PlugShare is by far the best; in par­tic­u­lar, its brows­er ver­sion does a great job of pro­vid­ing fil­ters that you can use to see which charg­ers on the road ahead are ap­pro­pri­ate for your use.

More lat­er, when I have one.



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