RAC awards JLR and Hipercar

The Royal Automobile Club is proud to announce that the recipients of the Dewar Trophy and Simms Medal for 2017 are Jaguar and the HIPERCAR Consortium respectively.

The Dewar Trophy was presented to Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr Ralf Speth, for his team’s design and development of the first all-electric Jaguar in history, the I-PACE Concept.

Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, said, ‘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.’

On behalf of the Hipercar Consortium, Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel, said, ‘I am overjoyed to receive the Simms Medal for 2017. The Hipercar Consortium set out to collectively develop an extremely advanced car, one which brings together UK-developed technology in every aspect of its design.

‘Not only is Hipercar going to be one of the fastest vehicles in the world but also one of the most cutting edge. The fact that it has been developed in the UK and supported by UK government agencies shows just how important the vehicle and the technology is to us and the UK economy. And we are absolutely delighted that the Royal Automobile Club has recognised our achievements.’