Jaguar has launched the new XJR575 with a high-speed interview starring designer Wayne Burgess being questioned by TV presenter and race driver Amanda Stretton as the performance saloon accelerates from 0-186mph.

Lasting just 44 seconds – the time it takes Jaguar’s fastest-ever XJ saloon to reach its top speed – Burgess gave a quick-fire insight into the development of the potent new model.

The high velocity interview was almost over before it began, but the unrelenting acceleration of the new XJ flagship did not stop Burgess, Production Studio Director and SVO Projects Director at Jaguar, from providing a unique take on the performance saloon. Watch the video here:

“I have done plenty of short interviews in my time, but nothing quite like this! It might have been a bit of fun but doesn’t it just demonstrate perfectly the extreme performance of the new XJR575. I could barely finish answering those quick-fire questions before we hit 186mph and then it was all over! Can we go again?”

Wayne Burgess, Production Studio Director and SVO Projects, Jaguar

The XJR575 is the new performance flagship for the XJ range with power up from 550PS to 575PS, delivering 0-62mph (100 km/h) in just 4.4 seconds. Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine also provides 700Nm of torque, providing the new addition to the range with effortless acceleration and refinement.

Customers will be able to choose between two bespoke exterior colour finishes created by Special Vehicle Operations – Velocity Blue and Satin Corris Grey – while additional tailor-made exterior details include a rear spoiler, side sills, front bumper and lower air intakes featuring gloss black surrounds.

Updated exterior badging and twin bonnet louvres mark the vehicle out from the rest of the range, as do the red brake callipers that accompany the 20-inch Farallon gloss-black wheels. Bespoke embossed tread plates alongside intaglio and diamond-quilted seating add a final flourish to the XJR575’s interior.

“This is a performance vehicle, but that doesn’t mean we have had to cut any corners when it comes to comfort or design. Jaguar is the standard bearer for interior refinement and the XJR575 is no different. It can go very quickly, but it does so with the serene comfort customers expect from a Jaguar saloon. That makes this a very special car indeed.”

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

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A major eight page feature in edition #188 highlights a very successful racing E-Type which has not just merely been lost – but entirely forgotten!

Additionally, chassis #621 was bought new by Bob Jane, picked up at Browns Lane and used by him in Europe.  When it came to Australia it competed at 21 meetings around the country in just 15 months!  It scored many wins and other podium placings in that time.

It finished third in the 1963 Australian GT Championship driven by Bob’s brother Bill, the race won by Bob in his new Lightweight E-Type.

It only raced at two more meetings after Bob sold it early in 1964 – and now is missing.  Additionally, in the shade of the Lwt and Bob’s spectacular multi-Australian Touring Car Championship winning Mk2, the red E-Type is totally unremembered.

Our story though brings it back to life, and intensive research adds more lore to a car which deserves better.  Remember – Jane’s Lightweight only one single race!

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Jaguar Land Rover opened its first overseas engine plant on Friday, picking China for the investment a week after saying it would build a global model entirely outside Britain for the first time.

Britain’s biggest carmaker, which already operates a plant in China as part of a partnership with Chery, said the new facility was part of a 10.9 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) investment with the Chinese automaker.

“The new engine plant demonstrates Jaguar Land Rover’s long-term commitment to the Chinese market, providing customers with an exciting range of vehicles and powertrain options, as well as to its joint venture,” JLR said in a statement.

The site will make the new Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine for its Chinese sold cars.  China was JLR’s fastest growing market in 2016, accounting for 20 percent of global sales.

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