Teams Gear Up for Invictus Games

Land Rover Frisco is so excited about the upcoming Invictus Games! The Invictus Games is an “international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women” that Jaguar Land Rover is a key sponsor for! The very first Invictus Games were held in 2014 in London, United Kingdom. 17 nations will be competing in this year’s Games that will be held in Toronto, Canada in September.

Land Rover Frisco is excited that the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge will be the opening event of the Games! The team from the United Kingdom (where Jaguar Land Rover’s headquarters are) have been hard at work preparing. Only two members of the team will compete in the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge.

The team started the day working on their speed and precision in Jaguar F-PACEs in a slalom challenge at Cotswold Airport. Later in the day the team worked on their planning, teamwork, and communication skills while off-roading routes in Land Rover Discoverys near Eastnor Castle.

Land Rover ambassadors, Olympic Medallist, Zara Tindall, and England Rugby World Cup winner, Lewis Moody, were with the team to provide encouragement and insight as they prepared.

“The Invictus Games is a very special event, and I’ve loved meeting all the competitions here today,” Zara Tindall said. “It was really hard to select just two people to take part in the Driving Challenge in Toronto; each and every one of those we met has the will to win and would do a fantastic job. Once again, it’s an absolute honor for me to be involved with Jaguar Land Rover and with the Invictus Games and I am really looking forward to watching these guys when they actually get to compete at the Games.”

The 2017 Invictus Games will take place September 23 – 20. In addition to the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, events include archery, cycling, golf, swimming, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, and more!

Land Rover Frisco is excited to cheer on the United States team as they compete!

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Land Rover Reborn: Series 1

The Series 1 is where Land Rover got started. From there Land Rover has expanded and created the incredible vehicle line-up we at Land Rover Frisco are privileged to share. In recent years, Land Rover has been working to revitalize their rich heritage and restore original Land Rovers. In 2015, this particular Land Rover Series 1 came to Land Rover’s facility in Solihull and Land Rover Reborn emerged.

Michael Bishop from Land Rover Classic and Adam Bewley, a presenter, rode along together as this Series 1 went through a test drive.

“Series 1 is a term that was given to the vehicle in 1958 when the Series 2 came out,” Michael Bishop said. “All the vehicles previous to that Series 2 model became the Series 1, and you had a mix of products.”

“When it arrived it was actually a multitude of colors. It was originally bronze green,” Bishop said. “She spent all her life in the Outback. It was assembled in Australia originally, in 1950 on this massive estate, 25,000 hectares, so she was a little bit sunburn, a little bit beaten, a little bit worn out, but she came back to Solihull and went through the process of being restored.”

Bishop spoke about benefitting from Land Rover’s archives and engineering drawings from the original Land Rovers as they worked to restore this Series 1, “We can look at the vehicle, access what needs to be done to it, and decide whether that part needs to be restored or replaced. That’s the same with all of the Reborn vehicles.”

The Series 1 weighs 1,200 kilograms and has a 1.6 liter petrol engine with 55 horsepower. Since the vehicle is so lightweight, the engine puts out plenty of power to get it around.

“The seats are green vinyl, and that’s exactly what the specification was in the day. We kept the original key which is a replacement key from Newman’s Hardware in Townsville in Queensland, so it’s a little bit of authenticity there.”

We are proud to come from such an incredible background of Land Rovers. If you are interested in learning more about Land Rover, contact us at Land Rover Frisco today!

Jaguar Land Rover Wins Car Design Awards

The Car Design Awards, hosted by Auto&Design magazine, specifically celebrate models and brands that they feel have contributed to the evolution of automobile design. A panel of journalists from all over the world choose winners in three different categories: Brand Design Language, Production Cars, and Concept Cars.

Jaguar Land Rover recently participated in the Turin Motor Show in Turin, Italy, where the Car Design Award ceremony took place. We at Land Rover Frisco are proud to announce Jaguar Land Rover took home two Car Design Awards. Land Rover won Best Brand Design Language, and Jaguar won the Concept Car category with the Jaguar I-PACE Concept.

The panel of judges deliberated and decided that the Land Rover design team had done the best job at interpreting a formal design language across the entire Land Rover family of vehicles. This was showcased most recently in the release of the new Land Rover Range Rover Velar. The Range Rover Velar’s incredible beauty, modernity, and showmanship are unrivaled.

“It’s great to be recognized for he hard work and creative endeavor of the whole Land Rover team,” Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Office, said during is acceptance speech. “This is a true team effort and one that will continue the transformation of our business.”

The Jaguar I-PACE Concept is Jaguar’s first completely electric performance SUV. It is easy to see why it would win the Concept Car category. The Jaguar I-PACE Concept is a preview for the Jaguar I-PACE which is expected to be available for purchase in the second half of 2018.

In addition to winning the Best Brand Design Language category, Land Rover placed second in the Production Cars category with the Land Rover Range Rover Velar. The Range Rover Velar will go on sale later this year, starting at $49,900.

For more information regarding the Range Rover Velar, contact us at Land Rover Frisco! We cannot wait to assist you in finding your new Land Rover!

InMotion Works to Change Mobility

Jaguar Land Rover’s mobility services business, InMotion, recently announced they will be investing in Lyft! Lyft is the quickest growing rideshare company in the United States.

Lyft was originally founded in 2012 as a way to bring people together using better transportation. Lyft is available in 350 cities nationwide and is the preferred ridesharing service by drivers and passengers. Lyft is dedicated to creating positive change in every city they service.

InMotion originally invested in the Detroit-based digital carpool business, SPLT. SPLT works with Lyft in providing medical transport for non-emergencies. This sparked InMotion’s interest in Lyft.

InMotion plans to invest 25 million dollars in Lyft that will go to support expansion and technology plans. In addition, InMotion’s investment supply Lyft drivers with a number of Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles and will allow InMotion Ventures to test and develop their mobility services.

“We are excited to collaborate with a leading platform like Lyft not only on developing premium mobility solutions but also devising innovative solutions to the transport problems Jaguar Land Rover’s customers face,” Sebastian Peck, InMotion Managing Director, said. 

“Personal mobility and smart transportation is evolving and this new collaborative venture will provide a real-world platform helping us develop our connected and autonomous services.”

“This is a strategic investment for both parties as we focus on innovating new mobility solutions to our customers,” Hanno Kirner, Executive Director of Corporate and Strategy, said. “Collaborating with an expanding technology business like Lyft is going to help us both accelerate our ambitions.”

InMotion, powered by Jaguar Land Rover, is dedicated to investing in innovations that change the way we use transportation by investing in companies with high-growth in the mobility and smart transportation market.

In addition, InMotion works with Jaguar Land Rover business to create and develop new products that will contribute to an incredible unforgettable experience for new and existing Jaguar Land Rover customers.

Jaguar Land Rover is ‘Lighting up Lives’

Jaguar Land Rover is excited to announce their partnership with sustainability experts ClimateCare! Their goal is bring safe and clean solar technology to rural communities in Kenya. The program, titled ‘Lighting up Lives,’ specifically wants to target children and their education.

Many of the children in these communities can only work on their schoolwork during daylight hours because they have no access to any sort of electricity. With the implementation of the ‘Lighting up Lives’ program, children are able to complete their schoolwork and be able to spend more time looking upon the faces of their families.

Jaguar Land Rover believes that renewable solar powered energy is an affordable alternative to the use of kerosene light. Kerosene can create hazardous indoor pollutants which makes it one of the largest causes of premature death in all of Africa. Jaguar Land Rover believes that implementing ‘Lighting up Lives’ will improve the education in the children of the rural communities, which will then give women greater opportunities to learn and work, and the living conditions will be safer and healthier.

“This exciting new venture is exactly the type of program that Jaguar Land Rover wants to lead on in the future,” Helen McLintock, Jaguar Land Rover Director, said. “Using technology for good and supporting the power of engineering to improve lives and help to build a cleaner future. Our purpose is to make responsible business relevant to everyone. By sharing our skills, our technology, our people and our passions we can make a difference to people’s lives and prosperity.”

Jaguar Land Rover recently announced they would be moving to 100% renewable energy for its United Kingdom facilities. Following up with that announcement, Jaguar Land Rover has installed the largest array of rooftop solar panels in the United Kingdom at their Engine Manufacturing Center.

Jaguar Land Rover is striving to make the world a cleaner and more sustainable place to live. They believe in making a difference not just in their own community, but in communities all over the world.