VALE – NORMAN DEWIS’ JAGUAR PROTEGE RICHARD CRESSWELL

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It is with shock and sadness we report the death of significant former Jaguar engineer Richard Cresswell.

His former Jaguar Apprentice and co-executive workmate Howard Snow received the news that Richard has passed away in England on May 27.

Having completed an apprenticeship at Jaguar Cars Richard began his many years of vehicle development with his involvement in the Jaguar XJ6 prototype test programme.

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In the early 80s Richard was sent by Jaguar to set up and run the North American extreme weather test facilities. He designed and built the base in the Sonara Desert where temperatures frequently reached 48ºC. Subsequently he went on to take over leadership of Jaguar Cars Vehicle Proving Group, hitherto managed by the legendary Norman Dewis, and looked after test operations in five countries as well as all UK testing.

In his spare time Richard rebuilt a 6½ Litre Bentley, which had competed at Brooklands in the mid 30s.

Richard left Jaguar in the early 90s to set up VBE but continued freelance testing of contemporary vehicles including Bentleys and the fabulous McLaren F1 road car.

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XE SV PROJECT 8 – IS IT A RACE CAR?

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We are not saying it is, or have heard any rumours, but is this a limited run Jaguar which is in fact a race car?  All of the 300 SVO cars will be LHD, and it has been fine-tuned to within an inch of its life on the hallowed original Nurburgring where, this weekend, the 24 hour race is being held.

Where would it fit into FIA homologation rules.?  It is difficult to imagine in not been seen on the track.

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In the XE SV Project 8 the power output has been pushed to deliver 591bhp – 24bhp more than the F-Type SV Project 7. Unlike the rear wheel drive system in the Project 7, the XE SV Project 8 is an all-wheel drive and uses a specially tuned version of its eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Jaguar has not revealed the official figures; however, it claims the XE SV Project 8 will offer knee jerking performance. This could mean it could beat the 3.5sec 0-100km/h time of Jaguar’s current most accelerative road car, the all-wheel-drive F-Type SV Project 7.

With this kind of performance, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 can put it in the regions of the Porsche 911 GT3 and ahead of fellow limited-run track special, the BMW M4 GTS. The modifications on the monster suggest firmer suspension and a faster steering rack, lowering the car to improve high-speed stability and giving the instant responses. The car seems to be sitting on lightweight wheels indicated by the bulging wheel arches.

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A NEW BARN FIND EARLY E-TYPE DISCOVERED

A 1962 Jaguar E-Type which has been hidden in a North Devon barn for 30 years is set to sell for £60,000 at auction.

This 1962 Jaguar E-Type which has been hidden in a barn for 30 years is set to sell for £60,000 at auction. See SWNS story SWJAGUAR: The classic sports car has been driven just 63,000 miles in its 55-year life and is now seeking a new owner for the first time in 41 years. When it left the factory, the Jag could accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 150mph. But after being hidden away it now requires a full restoration and will be sold by H&H Auctions alongside five other E-Types at its RAC Woodcote Park sale in Surrey on June 6.

This 1962 Jaguar E-Type which has been hidden in a barn for 30 years is set to sell for £60,000 at auction. See SWNS story SWJAGUAR: The classic sports car has been driven just 63,000 miles in its 55-year life and is now seeking a new owner for the first time in 41 years. When it left the factory, the Jag could accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 150mph. But after being hidden away it now requires a full restoration and will be sold by H&H Auctions alongside five other E-Types at its RAC Woodcote Park sale in Surrey on June 6.

This 1962 Jaguar E-Type which has been hidden in a barn for 30 years is set to sell for £60,000 at auction. See SWNS story SWJAGUAR: The classic sports car has been driven just 63,000 miles in its 55-year life and is now seeking a new owner for the first time in 41 years. When it left the factory, the Jag could accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 150mph. But after being hidden away it now requires a full restoration and will be sold by H&H Auctions alongside five other E-Types at its RAC Woodcote Park sale in Surrey on June 6.

The E-Type was originally a sold by Westerm Motors of Bristol to a Mr A.E Powell in 1962. He fitted the Jag with a personalised plate and held onto it for 14 years.

This 1962 Jaguar E-Type which has been hidden in a barn for 30 years is set to sell for £60,000 at auction. See SWNS story SWJAGUAR: The classic sports car has been driven just 63,000 miles in its 55-year life and is now seeking a new owner for the first time in 41 years. When it left the factory, the Jag could accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 150mph. But after being hidden away it now requires a full restoration and will be sold by H&H Auctions alongside five other E-Types at its RAC Woodcote Park sale in Surrey on June 6.

This 1962 Jaguar E-Type which has been hidden in a barn for 30 years is set to sell for £60,000 at auction. See SWNS story SWJAGUAR: The classic sports car has been driven just 63,000 miles in its 55-year life and is now seeking a new owner for the first time in 41 years. When it left the factory, the Jag could accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 150mph. But after being hidden away it now requires a full restoration and will be sold by H&H Auctions alongside five other E-Types at its RAC Woodcote Park sale in Surrey on June 6.

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XJ220 ‘FATHERS’ REUNITE FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY

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Special plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the remarkable Jaguar XJ220 at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (28-30 July) have moved up a gear with confirmation that two of the key inspirational figures behind the sensational supercar, Jim Randle and Keith Helfet, will both be joining the silver jubilee festivities.

As Engineering Director at Jaguar, Randle was the mastermind behind what is still the fastest, most exciting and most expensive road-going Jaguar ever created. Helfet was Jaguar’s senior sports car designer and the brains behind the XJ220’s stunning – and astonishingly ageless – styling.

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OFFICIALLY – IT’S THE WILD CHILD XE SV PROJECT 8

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 prototype testing Nurburgring
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Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) today announces the most powerful, agile and extreme performance Jaguar: the new XE SV Project 8. A prototype version of the 600PS Jaguar sports sedan offering supercar performance has now undertaken its debut test at the gruelling Nürburgring Nordschleife, adorned with an exclusive camouflage created by SVO Design. The incredible Project 8 prototype may be viewed in action here: https://youtu.be/P3t_DD1vzSg

With the most highly tuned version of Jaguar Land Rover’s five-litre supercharged V8, Project 8 will become the second Collectors’ Edition vehicle from SVO, following the successful launch of Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 in 2014. No more than 300 cars, all hand-assembled at SVO’s Technical Centre in Coventry, will be created for sale worldwide.

John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations said: “The time is right for SVO to produce the most extreme performance road car in the history of Jaguar. The SVO team is possessed by the spirit of performance and committed to creating the most thrilling driving experience imaginable.

“Our clients worldwide were thrilled by the F-TYPE Project 7. The new XE SV Project 8 takes aerodynamics and performance engineering to another level – it is conceived for enthusiasts and the most discerning collectors. The price for such an extreme performance sports car available in strictly limited numbers will reflect that.”

 

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