AUSSIE SCOTT SHEARMAN PURCHASES SIR WILLIAM LYONS HOME

Scott Shearman is an Australian racing car enthusiast and S.S. Jaguar 100 owner who flies under the radar.  No more however if you are a Jaguar devotee.

We were informed (name no mentioned, but you know who you are JR!) perhaps six months ago that an Aussie Jaguar owner was in the process of acquiring the former home of Jaguar’s founder Sir William Lyons.  Located just out of the village of Wappenbury near Leamington Spa, Wappenbury Hall was purchased by the Lyons family in 1937 and remained in their ownership until the passing of Lady Lyons in 1985.

Now the news can be made public, and we believe Scott is very sympathetic to making the famous grand home and working farm more accessible to Jaguar devotees.

More details as they can be revealed, but next to Jaguar Land Rover buying the property, the news could not be better.

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PROJECT 8 XE – GETTING EVEN MORE WICKED … FASTEST AT THE NURBURGRING

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Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations announced engineering fine-tuning on the world’s fastest road-going sedan has almost finished, ahead of production starting in June. Since its public debut at last July’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has undergone numerous enhancements to ensure it remains the fastest and most thrilling of all road-legal four-door sedans1.

The fastest high-performance sedan in the world just keeps getting better,” said John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director. “The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 development team at Special Vehicle Operations keep pushing boundaries – the drive to do that is in our designers’ and engineers’ blood.”

The Project 8 is a four-door car with genuine supercar performance. Top speed is 200mph and 0-60mph acceleration takes just 3.4 seconds. In November, it set a new four-door production-intent sedan record around the Nürburgring Nordschleife – the ‘gold’ standard for all-around high performance. Its fastest lap of 7 minutes 21.23 seconds was quicker than many supercars, and broke the old four-door record by more than 10 seconds2.

With Project 8 we set out to deliver a fast, fun and engaging car that encourages you to explore its performance,” said Mark Stanton, Special Vehicle Operations Director. “Our lap record at the Nürburgring proves we have achieved that, but now we believe we can go faster. We’re continually honing every functional aspect of the car, focusing on marginal gains to make it even quicker yet still accessible to drive.”

With a 592hp version of the legendary supercharged Jaguar 5.0-liter V8, the XE SV Project 8 is the most powerful Jaguar road car to date. No more than 300 of these limited-edition cars will be made; all hand-built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations at its Technical Center in Coventry.

The good thing about building only 300 cars, all hand-made, is that you can keep developing the car right up to the start of production,” said David Pook, Project 8 Vehicle Dynamics Manager. “And we’ve done just that. The springs have got stiffer and so have the engine mounts. The suspension arm bushes have changed. The brakes have been refined for the exact pedal feel and performance we want. This has all been done to make the car even more responsive and to handle even better.”

But the biggest changes are to software. They are all small adjustments – to improve performance, feel, responsiveness, refinement,” Pook continued. “We keep honing the whole car, relentlessly. We’re never really happy. We keep challenging ourselves to keep improving the car, and push boundaries. It’s certainly even faster, better handling and more responsive than it was six months ago. All that effort has been worth it.”

Unlike most high performance production sedans, the all-wheel drive XE SV Project 8 is studded with genuine motor racing technology. This includes, as standard, adjustable ride height, adjustable camber, an adjustable front splitter and rear wing, a flat underbody, a differential oil cooler, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 road-legal track tyres on forged 20-inch wheels – a production car first – and ceramic wheel bearings similar to those used in grand prix cars.

The front uprights, two-part upper wishbones, ball joints in place of rubber bushings, twin coil springs, dampers, lower suspension bushings, rollover protection system4 and latest specification carbon ceramic brakes are all new and bespoke to the XE SV Project 8. The only carryover body components from the standard XE are the roof and front door skins, both made from aluminum. The vented hood and flared front fenders and bumpers are made from lightweight carbon fibre.

The result of this state-of-the-art technology is improved driver feel, sharper handling responses and exceptional durability, allowing repeated high-speed track driving.

In its most extreme settings, and in ‘Track’ mode, Project 8 delivers almost 269 lbs. of downforce at 186mph1. The Project 8 is the first Jaguar to offer a Track mode, standard on both North American spec and global spec versions, which tailors driveline and stability control systems for circuit use by sharpening throttle and steering responses and tuning the dampers to their most aggressive setting4.

Power delivery and gear shifts are the most visceral we have ever offered on a Jaguar – every 1/100th of a second improvement in shift time adds up over a complete lap of the Nürburgring,” said Mark Stanton, Special Vehicle Operations Director. “Rest assured, no stone has been left unturned in our mission to make this the most rewarding Jaguar driver’s car ever.”

Two versions of the Project 8 are available globally. The four-seat version available in North America contains all the motorsport technology that is the hallmark of Project 8. In markets outside of the U.S., there is a two-seat Track Pack version that saves almost 27 lbs. in weight and includes carbon fiber racing seats, as well as four-point safety harnesses. In place of the back seat is a solid metal panel and Harness Retention Hoop, which helps boost torsional rigidity by 27 percent over the four-seat version.

 

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JAGUAR’S SVO BUILDING GT4 F-TYPE RACERS FOR OWN SERIES NEXT YEAR!

Series Elite is a new one-make racing series that has been designed to allow amateur and more experienced drivers to compete on a level playing field. The sports car selected for the championship is the new Jaguar F-TYPE SVR in GT4 specification, with an anticipated field of 20 cars for the first full season to be held in 2019.

Drivers will be provided with all of the relevant training, testing and race experience they need to participate in the new series, with their cars stored and prepared at a centralised team facility. Uniquely, this series has a minimum age restriction of 50 years.

Series Elite will host its inaugural race weekend at Brands Hatch, in Kent, on 27-28 October 2018, headlining a BARC race schedule. 

In 2019, the first full season of the Series Elite championship will visit Silverstone, Donington, Brands Hatch and Rockingham in the UK, along with an international finale held at the end of the year.

Paul Coates, General Manager, Avon Tyres Motorsport, said, “Avon Tyres is delighted to have been selected to supply tyres to the new Series Elite. This championship, featuring the prestigious F-TYPE Jaguar, will showcase Avon’s technology and experience in the design and manufacture of motorsport tyres. Avon is regarded as a high performance British brand with a strong heritage, which complements the series perfectly.”

The Jaguar F-TYPE GT4 is newly designed and built specifically to Series Elite specifications. Based on the 200mph F-TYPE, it has a supercharged V8 engine with rear wheel drive to meet FIA GT4 regulations and has been developed in-house at Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations facility in Coventry.

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JAGUAR MARKS 50 YEARS OF THE XJ SALOON WITH ITS ‘XJ50’ MODEL


Jaguar is marking 50 years of its flagship XJ luxury saloon – the choice of business leaders, celebrities, politicians and royalty for five decades – with the launch of a new special edition model. Revealed at the Beijing Motor Show, the Jaguar XJ50 celebrates half a century of trademark performance, technology and luxury.

Available in both standard and long wheelbase with a choice of 3.0-litre petrol (340PS) and diesel (300PS) powertrains, the exterior updates for the XJ50 include Autobiography-style front and rear bumpers. These mark the anniversary edition out alongside purposeful new 20-inch Venom wheels, a black front grille and unique badging to the rear and side vents, while the striking colour palette includes Fuji White, Santorini Black, Loire Blue and Rosello Red.

Inside, the luxurious cabin features soft-grain diamond-quilted seats with an embossed leaper on the headrests and an XJ50 logo on the centre armrest. Unique intaglio branding and XJ50-badged illuminated treadplates also differentiate the anniversary edition, alongside anodised gearshift paddles and bright metal pedals.

“Spanning half a century, the Jaguar XJ remains true to its heritage with a wonderful balance of beautiful design, intelligent performance and indulgent luxury that ensures it stands out from the crowd. This is a car worth celebrating and the XJ50 pays homage to a giant within the Jaguar brand that we believe is one of the world’s most stylish sporting saloons,” says Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design.

The XJ Series 1 started the distinctive dynasty in 1968 and for eight generations, the luxury saloon has been turning heads around the world. Whether transporting VIPs and politicians, or acting as the preferred vehicle for business leaders and royalty, the XJ has been a mainstay on our roads for five decades.

Innovating since its arrival, the XJ has epitomised the forward-thinking approach that has set Jaguar’s luxury saloon apart over the past 50 years. Four years into its life it became the world’s only mass-produced 12-cylinder four-door car and, with a top speed of 140mph (225km/h), it was also the fastest four-seater of its time.

Further models followed, sporting both standard and long wheelbases, as well as two and four-door body styles. The Series 2 was the first to offer a two-door coupé model in 1975 and the XJ40, in production for eight years from 1986, introduced the celebrated ‘J’ gate gear shifter and self-levelling suspension.

A revolutionary aluminium monocoque bodyshell helped reduce the XJ’s weight by 40 per cent from 2003, before the current XJ model brought additional technologies such as all-wheel drive and a virtual instrument cluster. With the introduction of Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum’s now iconic design language, it was also launched with a wraparound rear screen and distinctive cat claw inspired rear lights.

Constantly evolving while remaining one of the world’s truly great saloon cars, XJ has enjoyed a series of high-profile screen appearances. Starring roles in movies like Love Actually and The Long Good Friday, as well as the James Bond franchise, are proof of the XJ’s enduring cultural appeal.

The XJ50 is a fitting tribute to the enduring style and performance of Jaguar’s luxury saloon.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR TO RACE IN PARIS THIS WEEKEND

Panasonic Jaguar Racing are hoping to electrify the City of Lights as they prepare for the ABB FIA Formula E Paris E-Prix following a strong performances in recent races.

The British team’s momentum is growing with each race, and the inaugural Rome E-Prix was overall another positive weekend for Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Once again Mitch Evans secured valuable championship points after a hard-fought battle.

Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr now turn their attention to Paris and are hopeful the Jaguar I-TYPE 2’s proven pace and efficiency will help them on the Circuit Des Invalides. At 1.9km it’s the shortest track in the Championship and Panasonic Jaguar Racing are looking to be at the front of the grid throughout the weekend.   

James Barclay, Team Director Panasonic Jaguar Racing: “Every race we are moving in the right direction. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go our way in Rome but we have taken a lot of positives and there are still improvements we can make. We are extremely happy with the progress both Mitch and Nelson have made, and we are now competing for podiums, not just points. We have been close on a number of occasions and I’m sure our time will come.”

Mitch Evans, #20: “We were so close to standing on the podium in Rome. It’s fuelled my determination to come back fighting in Paris. My race car performed well in the last two races. I think we have a chance at a podium, but Formula E is so unpredictable and competitive as you saw in Rome, anything can happen. It would be amazing, but we will keep working and keep fighting.”

Nelson Piquet Jr, #3: “Luck hasn’t necessarily been on my side for the last two races. We are going to work hard over the next couple of weeks to make sure we don’t have the same problems we encountered in Rome and deliver a successful weekend in Paris. It’s a great track, it’s short and technical and I think that the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 will be well suited to this layout.”

Last week Panasonic Jaguar Racing undertook the second round of the Generation 2 testing in the new Jaguar I-TYPE 3 at the Circuit Calafat, Spain. Mitch Evans was in the seat of the new Jaguar race car as the team continue their development ahead of season five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. 

FanBoost opens for the eight E-Prix of the season at 17:00 BST on Monday 23 April and closes at 15:10 BST on Saturday 28 April.

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