Heels & Horsepower Magazine

Jaguar South Africa prepares to celebrate World EV Day in an electrifying way

In celebration of World EV Day, Jaguar South Africa is giving away exciting prizes to motorists with a real passion for electric cars.

Jaguar South Africa is celebrating World EV Day on 9 September by giving away special one-on-one all-electric I-PACE driving experiences to ten lucky winners of an EV-themed quiz.

The quiz will run over seven consecutive days, with one question published per day, beginning on 9 September – World EV Day. To qualify, respondents will need to answer all seven questions correctly and should there be more than 10 successful entries, elimination rounds will be hosted at Jaguar Experience in Lonehill. 

The elimination rounds, arranged at the convenience of competitors throughout the month of October, will include an exciting driving competition on one of the Experience facility’s hi-tech racing simulators.

And yes, there will be consolation prizes for those who don’t make the cut.

Clearly, contestants will need to be genuinly interested in electric vehicles, the future of mobility and all-electric Formula E motorsport in order to scoop any of the prizes. 

Speaking of which, the grand prizes will include half-day driving courses for the ten winners who will each be accompanied by one partner. Together, they will experience the lightning fast acceleration of a Jaguar I-PACE, which can bolt from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds and the exhilaration of numerous dynamic handling exercises on a variety of surfaces. Lunch will be included courtesy of TLC on the Track restaurant, which is the facility’s in house up-market eatery.

The competition is open to anyone in South Africa, but travel to Johannesburg to participate in the elimination rounds, or to redeem the grand prizes is not included. Drivers must be over 23 years-old and over and must be in possession of a valid driver’s licence.

Winners will have until 23 December, 2021 to redeem their prize, and the Jaguar Experience team will assist to make booking arrangements at the winners’ convenience. Full Terms and Conditions apply.

ABOUT WORLD ELECTRIC VEHICLE DAY: World EV Day is an annual event to celebrate and promote electric mobility worldwide and connects stakeholders from across the industry with consumers to showcase the benefits of electrification and to encourage debate on a more sustainable future.

New on the Tarmac: Meet the new Jaguar F-PACE SVR

A more refined Jaguar F-PACE SVR has made its South African debut and we have the key highlights of what it has to offer. 

A faster, more dynamic and more refined Jaguar F-PACE SVR has made its South African debut. The pinnacle of the performance SUV range is elevated to another level thanks to the latest enhancements by the Jaguar SV team. Here are the key highlights of what it has to offer:

  • The new F-PACE SVR is available exclusively with Jaguar’s 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged petrol engine, which produces 405kW and a torque figure increased by 20Nm to 700Nm. 
  • The increased torque and new Dynamic Launch function enables acceleration from 0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds. 
  • The V8 Supercharged F-PACE SVR is paired with Jaguar’s eight-speed automatic transmission and has a top speed of 286km/h.
  • Jaguar’s All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics is fitted as standard
  • The interior of the new F-PACE SVR is comprehensively redesigned, with materials enhanced to heighten the dynamic character of the cabin and its controls. 
  • Seat and door inserts are finished in Alcantara, with elements such as the central cubby and leather midroll wrapped in luxurious Windsor leather.
  • The 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display is wrapped in Alcantara with ebony stitching, while aluminium patterned finishers feature as standard with open-pore carbon-fibre available as an option. 
  • Optional slimline semi-aniline leather sports seats with heritage logo-inspired diamond embroidery across the front shoulder section, feature a unique perforation across the backrest, while the same pattern is used on the leather on the seatbacks. An embossed SVR logo on the headrests adds a final flourish.
  • The new SVR split-rim steering wheel is finished with tactile zinc-alloy shift paddles, providing heightened driver engagement when making manual gear changes.


  • New F-PACE SVR features all of the advanced technologies found in the latest F-PACE core models.
  • These include intuitive Pivi Pro infotainment with an all-new 11.4-inch HD curved glass touchscreen, Software-Over-Air capability, Active Road Noise Cancellation, the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and optional wireless device charging.

The new Jaguar F-PACE SVR is available in South Africa now with a starting price of R1,835,700. All Jaguar vehicles come with a standard 5-year/100,000km Jaguar Care Plan and warranty.

Five Must-Know Electric Vehicle Terms You Need To Know

With the advent of electric vehicles in the mainstream, and the inevitable rise of EV population on South African roads comes some confusing terminology even the most avid petrolhead might grapple with. 

Vehicle terminology is confusing but lingo used in reference to green mobility is even more so. With the help of Jaguar South Africa, we decipher the seemingly confusing alphabet soup used to describe elements within the world of green mobility and offer some demystification with layman’s explanations of five must-know terms in the EV sphere.


Forget about what these three letters stand for. Just know that a kWh is a unit of energy and in EVs it’s used to measure the storage capacity of batteries. Think of it as the size of your “fuel tank” in your electric vehicle.

Where an F-PACE SVR uses an 82 litre fuel tank to supply petrol to its V8 Supercharged engine, an all-electric I-PACE gets its energy from a 90kWh battery pack positioned in the floor of the car.

The bigger the number, the more energy an EV can store, and this is an important thing to consider when researching EVs. A smaller battery back will be quicker to charge, but will offer less range, and vice-versa for a larger pack. For reference you could expect an electric motorcycle to have a battery with around 10kWh of capacity, and a long-haul truck (which doesn’t really exist yet) to need a battery size of many hundreds of kWh.

The three letters stand for kilowatt hours, by the way. 


No, not an algebra equation from an exam you battled in school. kWh/100km is an intimidating string of letters and numbers which is actually just a way of measuring average efficiency just like we do regular petrol and diesel cars.

You’re probably familiar with the term litres per 100km, or l/100km for short, as it’s become a ubiquitous specification offered alongside common specs like power outputs and prices on window stickers of all cars sold today. 

Break down that scary equation and it’s as simple as kilowatt hours used per 100km of distance driven. It’s an ever-changing formula you’ll see displayed in your electric vehicle’s dashboard, and depending on how you drive the number preceding it will decrease when taking it easy and increase with spirited driving.

If we use a Jaguar I-PACE as an example, drivers can expect energy consumption figures ranging from around 16.8kWh per 100km to 32.2kWh/100km. The lower the number, the more efficiently you’re driving. Just like with litres per 100km for petrol and diesel cars.


We’re not talking about the famous rock band here. AC stands for Alternating Current and DC is Direct Current, but don’t get too caught up in the complexities of what that means. As we all get more familiar with electric vehicles, and in turn keeping them charged, these abbreviations will become commonly understood as slow and fast. 

AC chargers are the ‘wall box’ type you’ll have in your garage, and while they’re a bit slower to top up batteries, they’re generally smaller, cheaper and more convenient than their heavy-duty DC counterparts. 

We’re generalising a bit here, but DC chargers are often referred to as ‘rapid chargers’ and resemble traditional forecourt petrol pumps in appearance. You’ll most often find DC chargers in public places such as shopping malls and highway rest stops, where installation costs are more viable and electricity supplies are stronger than what average households can offer. 

The Jaguar Powerway, for instance, features a network of DC rapid chargers along frequently travelled inter-city routes in South Africa such as the N1, N2 and N3 highways.

Charge rates

This one is important, so listen up. Now that we understand AC and DC (hopefully), we’ll need to dig a little deeper into the world of charging rates or charging speeds in other words.

Most common household appliances that run on electricity are either on or off. You flip a switch and your kettle boils, using a steady supply of power as it goes. Recharging EV batteries is a little more complex, as they can accept varying rates of electricity flow – this should help explain why it’s difficult to answer the question “how long does it take to charge?”

Again, we’re generalising a little, but the three-prong wall socket your kettle’s plugged into delivers around 2.3kW of energy, and though an EV like the I-PACE can recharge at this rate it would take quite some time to fill from empty. On the flip side, an I-PACE can accept a maximum charge rate of 100kW, which will equate to much quicker recharging times but requires those big, expensive DC chargers mentioned previously.

Confused yet? Don’t be. In the future you’ll become very familiar with charge rates and how they differ from charging station to charging station, especially in public spaces. Most public chargers along the Jaguar Powerway can supply up to 60kW charge rates, where others from smaller independent providers might offer less.

Also, beware the fantastical claimed charging times dished up by some electric car makers. While it’s possible for some cars to accept incredibly impressive charge rates, it’s difficult to reliably install chargers that can supply this much energy in the real word… for now.

Brake regen

Imagine if your petrol-powered car could coast down a long hill and actually produce fuel as it goes. Well, electric cars can do just that.

Without getting too technical, electric motors like those in EVs can act like generators when run in reverse. Brake regen, or regeneration to be specific, uses the inertia of a moving vehicle to produce electricity when coasting or slowing down, and sends it back to the battery to be used again when accelerating.

In an actual test performed by Jaguar South Africa, an I-PACE returned 91.7kWh of regenerated electricity after driving a distance of 1,000km. In other words, the car’s brake regen system served up a free “tank” of electricity when driven along a 1,000km route with plenty of stopping, starting, cruising and slowing down.

Most EVs, Jaguar I-PACE included, will allow drivers to choose the level of brake regeneration applied while driving. When set to ‘low’ the car will coast freely in a way similar to petrol and diesel cars as we know them, but when set to ‘high’ there’s a strong sense of deceleration when the throttle pedal is released. In most situations it’s actually possible to drive without ever using the brake pedal at all.

Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures invests in battery recycling and manufacturing technology

Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital and mobility arm, InMotion Ventures, has invested in Battery Resourcers, a lithium ion battery recycling and materials company.

Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital and mobility arm, InMotion Ventures, has invested in Battery Resourcers, a lithium ion battery recycling and materials company.

The sustainable technology firm holds the exclusive licence for an innovative closed-loop process that integrates battery recycling, refining and materials engineering to convert scrap end-of-life batteries into new materials that can be used to make new batteries. 

The investment in Battery Resourcers plays part of the plan for Jaguar Land Rover to establish sustainable solutions for end-of-life batteries, minimising waste and creating a circular economy across the battery supply chain.

Sebastian Peck, Managing Director of InMotion Ventures, said: “I am excited about our investment in Battery Resourcers. The company’s proprietary end-to-end recycling process supports Jaguar Land Rover’s journey to become a net zero carbon business by 2039. Battery Resourcers is part of the plan for the business to meet its obligation for end-of-life batteries, minimising energy use and waste, achieving full circularity for its recycled battery materials, and securing future sustainable supplies of rare materials. We look forward to working with the Battery Resourcers team and supporting the international expansion of the business.”

Mike O’Kronley, Chief Executive of Battery Resourcers, said: “Battery Resourcers is on the verge of revolutionizing the lithium ion battery supply chain. Being able to convert scrap and end-of-life battery materials into new active material that can be directly used in making new batteries drives increased profitability and stability for the lithium ion battery ecosystem. Our investment partners share our vision and passion to scale this revolutionary process to support the battery material supply chain.”

Battery Resourcers’ innovative technology will recycle and produce cathode active materials such as Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC), Nickel Cobalt Aluminum (NCA) and Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) batteries. The business has also filed intellectual property around graphite recovery and purification, which will enable it to return both the cathode and anode active materials back to manufacturers of new batteries.

The investment from InMotion Ventures and other strategic partners will fund the development of a commercial-scale processing facility, with the capability to process 10,000 tonnes of batteries annually, along with the expansion and enhancement of the production and analysis facilities in Michigan, USA. 

A new cat will soon be on the prowl on our streets. Get ready for the P450

Jaguar has added a second V8 supercharged engine option to its F-TYPE sports car range in South Africa.

Jaguar has added a second V8 supercharged engine option to its F-TYPE sports car range in South Africa. The new P450-badged model will be available in a choice of Coupé and Convertible body styles. 

The new 331kW supercharged V8 has been developed to offer exploitable and rewarding performance – its maximum torque of 580Nm being generated from just 2,500rpm. It’s offered with a choice of all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics or – for purists – rear-wheel drive. 

F-TYPE’s sculpted form is accentuated by the Black Pack and 20-inch, five split-spoke wheels with gloss black finish

Both powertrains feature an electronic active rear differential to optimise traction, and both enable 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds and maximum speeds of 285km/h. All F-TYPEs feature eight-speed Quickshift transmissions with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the gearshift paddles.

A special P450 R-Dynamic Black model will be available from launch. Developed from the 331kW V8 R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible, these exclusive additions to the line-up offer an enhanced specification and an even more luxurious, crafted interior.

F-TYPE’s sculpted form is accentuated by the Black Pack and 20-inch, five split-spoke wheels with gloss black finish. Known as ‘Style 5039’, these wheels are not available on any other model in the range.

Complementing these perfectly is the choice of three metallic paints: Santorini Black, Eiger Grey or Firenze Red.

The driver-focused ‘1+1’ cabin surrounds the occupants with rich, luxurious materials. Slimline Performance Seats feature 12-way adjustment and are trimmed in Windsor leather with a choice of Ebony with Light Oyster contrast stitching or – for a more sporting theme – Mars with Flame Red stitch.

Details such as the beautifully crafted monogram stitch pattern, repeated in the door trim, are among the subtle refinements which make F-TYPE feel special.

Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, its supercharged V8 engine delivers 423kW and 700Nm

The same monogram design is used to emboss the suede cloth wrap for the 12.3-inch reconfigurable Interactive Driver Display, while other refinements include satin-finish aluminium gearshift paddles, an Ebony suede cloth headliner and illuminated treadplates featuring the Jaguar script.

For truly exceptional performance in all weathers and on any kind of road there is also the F-TYPE R P575. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, its supercharged V8 engine delivers 423kW and 700Nm: the benchmark sprint to 100km/h takes just 3.7 seconds, while maximum speed is an electronically-limited 300km/h. 

The 2022 Model Year F-TYPE range is planned for launch in South Africa in the second half of this year

The F-TYPE R and P450 models are equipped as standard with Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system with Configurable Dynamics. Using electronically-controlled, continuously-variable dampers, Adaptive Dynamics optimises both low speed comfort and high speed control, while Configurable Dynamics enables the driver to tailor the settings for suspension stiffness, steering weight, throttle response and gearshifts.

Customers who choose either of the V8 F-TYPEs benefit from the Quiet Start function: the electrically actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine.

The 2022 Model Year F-TYPE range is planned for launch in South Africa in the second half of this year and consists of:

F-TYPE R-Dynamic P450 Coupé and Convertible: 331kW 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift; RWD

F-TYPE R-Dynamic Black P450 Coupé and Convertible: 331kW 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift; AWD

F-TYPE R P575 Coupé and Convertible: 423kW 5.0-litre V8; Quickshift AWD

New on the Tarmac: Meet the updated Jaguar I-PACE

Since its debut the I-PACE has won more than 80 global awards, including 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, World Green Car and AutoTrader 2020 South African Car of the Year.

An updated Jaguar I-PACE offering a new infotainment system, improved driver assistance technologies and quicker charging capabilities is now available in South Africa.

Highlights of the updated I-PACE include:

New Pivi Pro infotainment system, which features a 12.3-inch high-definition virtual instrument cluster, together with 10-inch and 5-inch upper and lower touchscreens. Inspired by smartphone technology, Pivi Pro is easy to use and features a powerful processor, to ensure navigation initialisation is almost instantaneous. The redesigned navigation system reduces the number of steps required to set a destination by half.  It also allows users to pan and zoom in and out of the map with a pinch of the fingers, just as one would with a smartphone. 

Wireless Device Charging Pad.  The I-PACE is now also available with an optional wireless device charging pad beneath the ‘floating’ centre console. Wireless charging also includes signal boosting, ensuring the phone’s signal remains stronger for longer. A Smartphone Pack with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard on all derivatives, as is a dual modem embedded SIM and Bluetooth technology which can pair two phones simultaneously.

Cabin Air Ionisation. Designed to remove allergens, cabin air ionisation features a filtration system which captures ultrafine particles to improve occupant health and wellbeing. One important benefit to the new filtration system is that, when charging, customers can use the I-PACE’s pre-conditioning system (which optimises battery temperature) to also purge the cabin of allergens and ultrafine particles before beginning a journey.

New 3D Surround Camera. Visibility had been significantly enhanced in the updated I-PACE thanks to a new 3D Surround Camera that provides a 360-degree digital plan view of the surrounding area and potential hazards. 

Meridian 3D Surround Sound System.  Customers can now benefit from the option of an enhanced Meridian 3D Surround Sound System with TrifieldTM technology. The system features two additional speakers in the cabin headliner, meaning the 16 speaker and one subwoofer arrangement delivers an exceptional experience for all occupants. 

ClearSight. The ClearSight rear view mirror further improves vision and convenience by ensuring the driver always has an unobstructed view of the road behind, even with three people in the rear seat. ClearSight uses a wide-angle, rear-facing camera linked to a high-resolution screen within the frameless glass mirror. 

Vehicle charging: The updated JaguarI-PACE now comes with an 11kW on-board charger as standard, enabling customers with access to three-phase electricity supplies to enjoy significantly faster charging. When connected to an 11kW wall box 53km* of range (WLTP) per hour can be achieved, while a full charge from empty now takes only 8.6 hours – ideal for overnight charging at home. 

South African customers with access to single-phase supply can continue using 7kW wall boxes which charge up to 35km per hour, with a full charge taking 12.75 hours.  When charging ‘on the go’, a 60kW charger will add up to 76km in 15 minutes, while a 100kW charger will add up to 127km over the same period. 

All new or Approved Pre-Owned Jaguar customers in South Africa also receive complimentary driver training at the state-of-the-art Experience Johannesburg facility in Lonehill, Johannesburg. 

With a range of up to 470km (WLTP) from its 90kWh battery, customers with an average daily commute would only need to charge their I-PACE once a week**. 


I-PACE EV400 S:       R1,942,600

I-PACE EV400 SE:     R2,005,100

I-PACE EV400 HSE:  R2,112,300

*  Range added per one-hour/15-minute period is WLTP range

** Based on data captured by Jaguar’s Go I-PACE app in the UK. 



Watch: Vuyi Mpofu throws a few ‘cats’ around the track then makes them hiss on the skidpad

Our Editor, Vuyi Mpofu recently attended a driver training session at the Jaguar LandRover Driving Experience in Lonehill. During the course of the afternoon, she drove 5 different Jags in 3 different scenarios designed to simulate real-life motoring experiences faced by drivers on a daily basis.

As most motorists are aware, there is little to zero respect for road rules on our roads.  In addition, the attitudes of most drivers on our roads is nothing short of appalling, and; when coupled with the fact that vehicle maintenance and having insurance are not particularly high on many car owners’ list of priorities, driving in South Africa can be described as an extreme sport.

For these reasons, and many others, I was excited to receive an invitation to attend a half day training session at the new-look Jaguar Land Rover Experience Centre in Lonehill.  Granted, I have participated in  countless driver training sessions over the years, including those hosted by the iconic British automaker, but as a seasoned petrol-head I would never pass up on an opportunity to spend time driving spirited ‘cats’.  

The Jaguar Driver Training session started off with the usual completion of  mandatory registration and indemnity forms and of course, observing COVID_19 protocols. This was followed by a scrumptious light lunch at the TLC on the track restaurant which is not only tastefully decorated but also overlooks the skidpan area and other driver testing areas within the Centre.

Next, we spent time in the conference room interacting with lead instructor – Devon Scott, Jaguar Lead Instructor (and Land Rover Senior Instructor)  during which the group discussed various elements of road safety and defensive driving.  

With the theory out of the way, it was time to head to the track to do what I had been eagerly awaiting – DRIVE!  Our vehicles comprised of the following:

  • Jaguar F-Type
  • Jaguar F-Pace
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Jaguar XE
  • Jaguar XF

The driver training session focused on driver training elements which the majority of motorists put into use on a daily basis (with varying degrees of success), being:

  • Emergency lane change
  • Controlling a vehicle in a skid 
  • Steering slaloms

Credit: Opak Media

I had the pleasure of driving each of the vehicles a minimum of twice around the track per exercise, experiencing each vehicle’s handling capabilities, performance and responsiveness.  The F-Type is in a league of its own, and with the top down it proved to by my most enjoyable ride.  For everyday driving I would elect the F-Pace for elements such as its command seating position, interior space and impressive sprinting  ability. But as per my vote at the South African Car of the Year competition earlier this year, my final thumbs up still lies with the  of extraordinary technological marvel which is the I-Pace. 

It is an extremely good idea to equip yourself with driving training skills, even if you don’t drive a luxury vehicle.  But if you are feeling aspirational, the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Experience offers a variety of courses at affordable rates.  Who knows, you might find yourself purchasing one too!


Jaguar I-PACE wins 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year

The Jaguar I-PACE EV400 AWD SE is the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year!

This is the first time that the competition has been won by a Jaguar and also the first win by an electric car.

The accolade is the latest in a long line of victories for the all-electric I-PACE. It won the 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car awards (the I-PACE was the first model ever to win three World Car titles in the 15-year history of the awards). It also claimed the European Car of Year title last year.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE400d 4Matic was placed second while the Toyota GR Supra 3.0T came third.

The win by a Jaguar and an electric car were two firsts for the contest, which is organised by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. Given the lockdown, the winner of the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year was announced during a virtual awards ceremony that was streamed live – this was another first for the AutoTrader South African Car of the Year.
  • Performance Car: Toyota GR Supra 3.0T
  • Performance Car: Toyota GR Supra 3.0T
There are a number of category winners in the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year, and these winners were announced as well.

Watch the 2020 Auto Trader South African Car of the Year Announcement

The winner in the Urban Category was the Hyundai Atos 1.1 Motion. This category covers compact budget-friendly passenger vehicles that are ideal for in-town driving. Buyers of these cars typically rate practicality over luxury and performance.

The next category – Family – is especially popular. It consists of mid-size sedans. Buyers of these vehicles expect quality, practicality and comfort –with an element of advanced handling dynamics thrown into the equation. The winner in this category was the Toyota Corolla Hatch 1.2T XR CVT.


The third category – Leisure – was won by the Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI Comfortline 85kW DSG. This category covers sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs). Owners of these SUVs and MPVs enjoy the freedom of driving both on and off-road. This – combined a high seating position and flexible cargo space – makes this a popular category amongst the buying public.

  • Leisure: Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI Comfortline 85kW DSG

The Lifestyle Utility Vehicles Category was won by the Ford Ranger Raptor. These vehicles typically offer supreme 4×4 ability and can be either an SUV or a single or double-cab bakkie.

The highly contested Premium Car Category was won by the overall winner, namely the Jaguar I-PACE EV400 AWD SE. Buyers of these prestigious mid to large vehicles want powerful engines, luxury features and high-end trim options.

The Premium SUV Category caters for vehicles that offer a combination of versatility, comfort, style and performance both on- and off the road. Boasting genuine 4×4 ability without low range, these vehicles are luxurious, spacious and refined. This category was won by the Mercedes-Benz GLE400d 4Matic.

The final category – sport/performance – was won by the Toyota GR Supra 3.0T. Whether it’s a sportier flagship of an existing passenger range or a pure stand-alone model, vehicles in this category have one common trait: superior performance. Accordingly, thoroughbred sports cars are included in this category.

The South African Car of the Year trophy, which has been awarded since 1986, is the country’s most highly respected and sought-after motoring accolade. While the competition has evolved over the years (categories were only introduced recently), one thing has remained true to the contest; it celebrates and rewards automotive excellence. Both the category and overall winners are considered to be benchmarks within their categories. The 2020 competition was no exception, with many of the winners having already achieved international acclaim.