FACTORY-BUILT RACING ‘Mk1’S – REMARKABLE FINDINGS

I don’t believe it has ever been recorded before, despite all of the cars, confusion, fables – and plain bloody mistruths, sometimes for personal gain!

With the help of Richard Hassan, a Student Apprentice at Jaguar when the cars were built in the Experimental Department, and whose fabled father Walter was influential at Jaguar even when he left to create the Coventry Climax F1 engine, so that Richard grew up around experimental Jaguars and then worked with them, we identify the genuine full-scale works ‘Mk1’s built by Jaguar and tell where they are today.

There were surprisingly few you might be surprised to know, and more were exported new out of England than stayed in the UK.

… and yes, there is a very strong link with the famous ‘Mk1’ period racers which won the first and second Australian Touring Car Championships in 1960 and 1961.

Indeed, the ‘Mk1’ Jaguar set Australian racing on the track to craving saloon cars over then ‘thoroughbred’ Formula and Sports cars!

It is told in our coming edition.  For the first time anywhere we tell the full story of which racing Mk1s were ‘works’ built, those which got some special parts and which were fully built by teams …

IT IS ALL NEWLY RECORDED HISTORY – and is fascinatingly important.

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JAGUAR LAUNCHING I-PACE ACROSS THE US

Jaguar North America today announced the national marketing launch plans for the brand’s first-ever, all-electric performance SUV, the I-PACE, led by the Jaguar Electrifies Experience,  a multi-city national tour that will kick off in San Francisco and travel to key U.S. EV markets: Los Angeles, South Florida and the New York City metro areas.

The Jaguar Electrifies Experience is designed to engage, entertain, and educate consumers on the full Jaguar vehicle lineup as well as the benefits of owning an electric vehicle. In addition to the Experience, retailers will host launch events throughout the fall to introduce the Jaguar I-PACE to consumers across the country.

“The Jaguar Electrifies Experience offers consumers the opportunity to be among the first to get behind the wheel of the new all-electric I-PACE before it goes on sale later this year,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “Kicking off the Experience in San Francisco, a city driven by innovation, lays the perfect foundation for educating consumers about electric vehicle technology within an entertaining and dynamic environment.”

Reinforcing the company’s commitment to electrification, Jaguar Land Rover has previously announced that from 2020, all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be offered with an electrified powertrain option, giving customers even more choice. The company will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across its model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer ultra-clean gasoline and diesel engines. The Jaguar I-PACE is the brand’s first fully electric vehicle, equipped with a 90kWh battery that delivers a manufacturer’s estimated range of up to 240 miles2.

Guests at the Jaguar Electrifies Experience will have the opportunity to explore the full lineup of 2019 model year Jaguar vehicles, then take a deep dive into “The World of I-PACE” to learn about the brand’s first all-electric performance SUV through a series of interactive touchpoints. Participants will then have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of several of the latest Jaguar vehicles, including the I-PACE.

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XE PROJECT 8 SETS LAP RECORD AT LAGUNA SECA

Jaguar’s supercar-rivalling XE SV Project 8 has confirmed its status as the world’s fastest four-door car by setting a new track record.

The 600PS, 200mph four-door road-legal sedan lapped the 2.238-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 1min 37.54sec – almost a second faster than the previous production sedan record – with racing driver Randy Pobst at the wheel.

The most extreme Jaguar yet produced, XE SV Project 8 is a sedan with genuine supercar performance. Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations engineers fine-tuned the car on some of the world’s most thrilling test tracks, including Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife. Late last year XE SV Project 8 lapped the 12.9-mile circuit in a record 7min 21.23sec.

Michael van der Sande, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, said: “This Laguna Seca lap record is another powerful demonstration of the Jaguar XE SV Project 8’s performance credentials.

“Designed, engineered and hand-assembled by Special Vehicle Operations, this record-breaking sedan is made for the world’s most demanding driving enthusiasts.”

Project 8 is the ultimate expression of Jaguar’s XE sports sedan. While based on XE’s lightweight aluminium-intensive monocoque, each of the 300 hand-built Project 8 cars are modified at the SV Technical Centre in Coventry to accommodate the specially tuned, supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine and a bespoke rear differential.

Unlike most high-performance production sedans, the all-wheel-drive XE SV Project 8 is studded with genuine motor racing technology such as F1-style ceramic wheel bearings, adjustable ride height and adjustable camber.

The front and rear fenders are bespoke to accommodate larger, wider, wheels which are necessitated by the larger brakes. The V8’s power is routed through all four Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres through an eight-speed Quickshift automatic ZF transmission, helping to propel the car from 0-60 mph in 3.3sec and an electronically limited top speed of 200mph.

In order to achieve this performance, the car receives significant aerodynamic and suspension upgrades, including a ‘Track’ mode for maximum downforce and further improvements to the damping, throttle and steering response.

Project 8 is available in two specifications. The standard four-seat model features Jaguar’s latest front Performance seats with magnesium frames, plus a more heavily contoured rear squab to maximise support. The optional two-seat Track Pack includes lightweight front carbon fibre racing seats with four-point harnesses fixed to a harness retention hoop in place of the rear seat

BIG DAY OUT WITH THE XF SPORTBRAKE

Today was thrilling indeed with us conducting a photoshoot with the feature car for our coming edition – the much anticipated 3.0 litre diesel turbocharged XK Sportbrake.

It is radical, and the first ‘station wagon’ Jaguar in many markets.  We have formed strong impressions of the model, and can’t wait to present them to you.

It has many attributes, and at a time when SUVs dominate, and most buyers are not used to a wagon Jaguar – we will outline very clearly how it stacks up.

Regardless of your thoughts, or mine, Jaguar has a fantastic range of cars to present to the public now.

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Major features include:

Bruce McLaren’s close association with Jaguar

The great unsung American at Jaguar Cars – Bob Blake

Your choice – XF or F-Pace?  We test both for a comparison

XK150 restoration – onto the engine rebuild

XK70 – celebrating the XK series which now goes back 70 years

XJ at 50 – and that the same time Jaguar commemorates 50 XJ years of production

Tracing the life of the ex-Ecurie Ecosse Monzanapolis Lister Jaguar

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