Jaguar has plenty to celebrate this year, with the Jaguar XE hitting its first full year of sales as ‘REALCAR’ reaches a significant milestone of its own.

‘REALCAR’, standing for REcycled ALuminium CAR, is a ground-breaking recycled aluminium project that reclaims aluminium from used Jaguar cars to be repurposed for use in Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. The project has now recycled over 50,000 tonnes of aluminium, which is equal to the weight of 200,000 XE body shells.

This repurposing project has so far prevented more than 500,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent from entering the atmosphere, and that’s only the beginning. Not only does ‘REALCAR’ repurpose aluminium, but the project, part funded by Innovate UK, has also led to the development of a recycled aluminium-based alloy that can accept a higher percentage of the repurposed metal.

2014 saw the Jaguar XE became the first car in the world to make use of this high-strength alloy, which was developed by project partner Novelis. Nick Rogers, Group Engineering Director, said: ‘Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Jaguar Land Rover. We are driven by the desire to produce increasingly world-class, light-weight vehicles, but we also want to be world leading in how we build them.’

A total of £7m has been invested across Jaguar Land Rover’s own press shops to install intricate segregation systems to separate and distribute the used aluminium, retaining higher quality and value in the material. The structural grade of recycled aluminium has now been tested and introduced in the lightweight bodies of the All-New Jaguar XF and F-PACE models, bringing the brand a big step closer to having up to 75% recycled aluminium content in their vehicle body structures by 2020.

The Jaguar XE benefits from this lightweight aluminium alloy, allowing it to achieve a 0-60mph of just 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 155mph. As this technology continues to develop, Jaguar will remain to lead the way to environmentally sustainable cars.

Experience the heart-racing pace of the Jaguar XE for yourself, and book a test drive at Lancaster Jaguar today.