Head of Research
Tony Harper is head of Research and Advanced Systems Engineering for Jaguar and Land Rover. Tony joined Jaguar as a Graduate Engineer in 1986 after completing an honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. Tony spent his early career at Jaguar developing airbags and active chassis systems at a time when these technologies were in their infancy. In the early 1990's, Tony was selected as part of a small team to pioneer the development and use of Knowledge Based Engineering systems, using rule-based code to automate and highly accelerate the engineering process. During this time Jaguar became one of the world leaders in this field and Tony went on to head up the team and gained a PgD in Mathematical Modelling & Computer Simulation.
He later took responsibility for all of Jaguar's Computer Aided Design activities. In 1999, Tony was appointed as head of the Jaguar Vehicle Engineering team responsible for Concept Design, Packaging, Aerodynamics and Vehicle Computer Aided Engineering. Tony held this post during the development of the current XK and previous XJ product ranges. After a period of secondment to Ford's European Operations to develop synergies between Ford, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover, Tony returned to the now combined Jaguar Land Rover Product Development Operations to head up the Research and Advanced group in 2006. He is a Chartered Engineer, fellow of the IMechE, an honorary fellow of the University Of Warwick, an elected member of the UK Automotive Council Technology group and sits on numerous advisory councils.
Spotlight on Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the largest investor in automotive research, development and engineering in the UK, exemplifying British craftsmanship, engineering skills and quality in markets around the world.
The company is built around two iconic brands: Land Rover is the market leader in luxury sports utility vehicles; Jaguar is world-renowned for building sports cars and saloons that epitomise performance and seductive design.
In the past five years Jaguar Land Rover has more than doubled sales to 487,065, doubled employment to 37,000 and tripled turnover to £21.9bn. Today the business is creating new employment through international expansion and launching breakthrough models such as the all-new Jaguar F-PACE and Land Rover Discovery Sport. Meanwhile, pioneering technologies are being developed such as InControl Touch Pro, Jaguar Land Rover’s most connected infotainment system.
Committed to British industry, the company is proud to be at the forefront of a national manufacturing renaissance while increasing demand is seeing healthy sales growth across all regions.
The continued development of our employees ensures that Jaguar Land Rover remains at the forefront of the automotive industry, and leads the way in Research and Development. Thanks to sustained investment, the business is also able to support and influence a burgeoning, highly-skilled supply base in the UK and around the world.
State-of-the-art engineering is at the core of Jaguar Land Rover. It is fundamental in providing its customers with highly-desirable vehicles.
The aim of Jaguar Land Rover and its 9,000 engineers and designers is to carry out the best engineering it can. They must push the boundaries from concept through to creation of world-class highly-desirable products, utilising state-of-the-art virtual engineering and rapid prototyping facilities.
Jaguar Land Rover has recently undergone a major expansion of its engineering capabilities and has invested more than £11bn in the last five years, enabling more, exciting vehicles to be bought to market faster, more efficiently and ultimately with improved durability and reliability.
This new generation of world-class Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles represents a step change in customer requirements and expectations and demand on the company’s engineering resources has never been higher. Jaguar Land Rover is combining expert knowledge from high-tech industries such as aerospace and Formula 1 to revolutionise the way cars are developed to deliver level of performance and capability that simply cannot be achieved through traditional processes.
This is a company revitalised and committed to excellence in every part of its business, driven by the strong desire to deliver class-leading vehicles that will create products and experiences that customers will love, for life.