Dewar Trophy for 2017 Awarded to Jaguar
The Club is proud to announce that the recipient of the Dewar Trophy for 2017 is Jaguar.
Without doubt among the most prestigious honours in recognition of home-grown British automotive engineering talent, the Dewar Trophy is only awarded in years when the Club’s Dewar Technical Committee deems there have been contenders of sufficient merit. And 2017 is one such year.
The Dewar Trophy was presented to Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ralf Speth, for his team’s design and development of the first all-electric Jaguar in history: the I-PACE Concept. Arriving on the market in production form in 2018, the I-PACE Concept packs an innovative electric powertrain inside a dramatic new body, signalling a new direction for the marque.
John Wood MBE, Chairman of the Dewar Technical Committee, said: ‘Electrification is without doubt one of the hot topics of our time and the motor industry is genuinely at a turning point. Developing an electric car is one thing, but making it genuinely innovative and, at the same time, the embodiment of your brand’s values is quite different. On this evidence, Jaguar has more than succeeded and the Dewar Technical Committee was extremely impressed with every aspect of the I-PACE Concept – from its next-generation drivetrain to its reinterpretation of Jaguar’s design DNA.’
Receiving the Dewar Trophy, Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, added: ‘On behalf of Jaguar Land Rover, I am absolutely delighted to receive such a prestigious award.
‘Our design and engineering teams have done an incredible job with the I-PACE Concept. It marks the next-generation of Jaguars – compelling innovative technology, future-facing design, zero emissions. A new driving experience that retains and enhances the unmistakable essence of Jaguar. It is a pioneering vehicle – and it is a great honour that the Dewar Technical Committee has recognised this and given us a cherished place in the pantheon of automotive innovators, once again.’