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Jaguar 50th Anniversary of the E-type at Goodwood Festival Of Speed

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Jaguar has celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the E-type in style on the first day of the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

In glorious sunshine, examples of Jaguars from the past and present took to the notorious Goodwood Hill, with the new XKR-S, XKR and XFR all in action. The XKR-S, driven by Mike Cross, Head of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar Cars, proved a hit with the estimated 48,000 strong crowds, making a dramatic run up the hill as Mike demonstrated the capabilities of the vehicle with some sideways antics.

Appropriately, a very special E-type took to the Hill in the form of the Group 44 race car – adding drama to the occasion through a mix of its rapid pace and unsilenced exhausts. It was joined by examples of the D-type, XJ13 and XK140 from the Jaguar Heritage Collection.

Towering over the event was the sculpture of the E-type produced by artist Gerry Judah. Measuring 28-metres in height and weighing a substantial 150-tonnes, the sculpture provided a striking centrepiece to Jaguar’s sponsorship of the event.

Elsewhere the dramatic C-X75 concept was on static display on the Jaguar stand alongside examples of every new Jaguar on sale, including the new XF 2.2 which recently drove from the Jaguar production line in Castle Bromwich to Munich, a distance of 816-miles, on a single tank of fuel.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed, now in its 19th year, has proved a sustained success – the 2011 running of the event expected to draw the biggest crowds yet with an estimated 180,000 people attending between Thursday June 30 and Sunday July 3.

Jaguar XKR-S To Be shown In Geneva

Jaguar will launch the new Jaguar XKR-S at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, 2011. With a higher output supercharged V8 engine, revised suspension, and a new aerodynamically-driven design, the Jaguar XKR-S expresses the company’s long held duality of purpose: GT luxury with incredible performance.

“The XKR-S is a bold and exciting new model for Jaguar,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s new Global Brand Director. “We expect to attract both loyal and new Jaguar driving enthusiasts who still want the comfort, opulence and class only a Jaguar can offer, combined with inspirational performance.”

We spotted a mule lapping the Nurburgring last year but had no cosmetic differences, It could have been a mule for the above car.

The Jaguar XKR-S produces 550 hp with 502 lb/ft of torque, offers a top speed of 186mph (300km/h), and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. Full details, images and video of the Jaguar XKR-S will be released at the Geneva Motor Show press day on March 1, 2011.
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JAGUAR C-X75 SCOOPS LOUIS VUITTON AWARD IN PARIS

The Jaguar C-X75 was last night awarded the Louis Vuitton Classic Concept Award 2010 by a panel of luminaries from the worlds of design, fashion and luxury.

Undoubtedly the star of the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the C-X75 – judged by a Louis Vuitton panel – has once again beaten stiff competition.

The panel was led by renowned automotive consultant and inaugurator of the prize, Christian Philippsen. “Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director, and his team have achieved not only a beautiful design in clothing a world-premiere and mouth-watering technology, but also a true Jaguar, projecting the brand’s DNA into the future without an ounce of nostalgia,” said Philippsen.

Other members of the illustrious group of judges included author Serge Bellu,
Louis Vuitton’s Director of Innovation Xavier Dixsaut, McLaren F1 designer
Gordon Murray, former Porsche design head Harm Lagaaij and journalist
Masafumi Suzuki.

Jaguar, like Louis Vuitton, has built its reputation on the key foundations of
luxury, attention to detail and understated elegance.

The C-X75 is an electric supercar built to celebrate 75 years of the Jaguar marque and was praised by the panel for the way in which it showcased the technology of the future with a beautiful design without looking to the past.

“It’s fantastic for us to be recognised by the world of fashion with this award,” said Ian Callum, Design Director for Jaguar. “We’re at our best when we’re breaking the mould – making our cars stand out for all the right reasons.
C-X75 is only a concept supercar, but it’s a clear statement of Jaguar’s intent to continue creating bold, innovative and beautiful performance cars.”

The entire Jaguar range has been the recipient of numerous plaudits worldwide in recent years with the pinnacle of the revitalised line-up, the XJ, having already won more than 25 major international awards since its launch just over a year ago.

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JAGUAR C-X75 CONCEPT – Revealed Paris Motorshow

FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE ELECTRIC SUPERCAR UNVEILED AT PARIS 

Jaguar has revealed a stunning range-extended electric supercar concept car. The C-X75 has been designed to celebrate 75 years of the marque and provide a glimpse into the future of Jaguar and its commitment to producing beautiful, fast cars powered by sustainable means.

 The C-X75 hints at an exciting evolution of Jaguar’s design language while paying homage to some of its most admired cars of years gone by. Advanced design features such as a ground-breaking propulsion system and active aerodynamics allow for an elegantly simple fuselage section that remains stable at very high speeds. 

 Propulsion system

 The 330km/h (205mph) four-wheel drive supercar is capable of running in purely electric (zero tailpipe emissions) mode for 110km (68 miles) on a six-hour domestic plug-in charge. The innovative, lightweight micro gas-turbines are also capable of very quickly and efficiently recharging the Lithium-ion batteries, giving the car a theoretical range of 900km (560 miles).

 This remarkable range-extension system is a result of Jaguar’s research engineers adopting a clean-sheet approach to the question of powering the supercars of the future. The C-X75 turns to the very latest evolution of a pioneering British technology: the gas turbine.

 Developed in partnership with Bladon Jets, the miniaturised turbine blade – the first viable axial-flow micro-turbine – increases the compression and efficiency of micro gas-turbines to the point at which they can be viewed as a realistic power source. Each of the micro gas-turbines weighs just 35kg and produces 70kW of power at a constant 80,000rpm.

 Advanced aluminium lightweight construction

Jaguar’s expertise in the use of aluminium stretches back more than 50 years to the first XK120s, through the lightweight E-Types, the XK and all-new 2010 XJ. It was with this latter creation that Jaguar fully realised the lightweight metal’s benefits to performance, agility, economy and sustainability in a luxury car.

 The C-X75 naturally follows the same construction techniques with an extruded and bonded aerospace-inspired aluminium chassis clad in panels of the same material. Not only does this save weight, crucial in a car with an extreme performance envelope, but aluminium is one of the most easily recyclable metals available, boosting the C-X75’s sustainability as well as its speed.
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 Technical Specifications 

Propulsion System & Transmission
Electric motor Four 145kW (195bhp) traction motors (580kW/780bhp total)
Generator Two switched reluctance generators
Range Extender power 2 x 70kW (94bhp) gas micro-turbines (140kW/188bhp total)
Batteries Lithium-ion
Total Battery Capacity (kWh) 19.6
Transmission Single-speed
Final Drive Ratio 3.1:1
Performance
0-100km/h (seconds) 3.4
Top Speed (km/h/mph) 330/205
0-160km/h (seconds) 5.5
0-300km/h (seconds) 15.7
1/4 mile (seconds@km/h) 10.3@251
Max. Power (kW/BHP) 580/780
Max. Torque (Nm/lb ft) 1600/1180
Power to Weight ratio (BHP/tonne) 578
Aerodynamics (Cd) 0.32
Kerb weight (kg) 1350
Wheel size front and rear (inches) 21 and 22
Tyres (front and rear) 265/30 ZR21 and 365/25 ZR22
Battery weight (kg) 230

Jaguar 75 R Editions Lapping the Nurburgring XF-R & XK-R

It’s Jaguar’s 75th birthday, and a few lucky owners 75 to be exact will recieve a limited-edition XKR complete with more potent power and chassis modification increasing rigidity and handling characteristics.

The XKR 75 made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and a few weeks later it turns up to take some Nordschleife regulars round in the press vehicles of both types of the special edition XF-R and the XK-R.

The 75 sits lower on track honed suspension where it attained a respectable Nurburgring time Laptime of 7:58.

The fettled supercharged 5.0-litre V8 now supplies 523bhp an increase of 20bhp enough to light up the rear tyres on a demand from the forced induction torque.

The V8 delivers tremendous torque from low revs and all the way to the rev limit thanks to the Supercharger characteristic lagless power.

Traction is aided by Jaguar’s fantastic electronically controlled limited slip differential, and the 4.4-second 0-60 time is faster than the stock cars.

VMAX is limited to 174mph, and the traction control is reportedly when switched off leaves you to leave smoke on every corner see the attached pictures.

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Jaguar D-Type Prototype at the 2010 Old Timer Grand Prix #nurburgring

Even among D-Types this is a unique car. It is the factory prototype for the machine which set the seal on the Jaguar Le Mans legend, culminating in a hat-trick of victories from 1955 to 1957. With its advanced monocoque construction and beautiful low-drag body, it maximised the potential of the XK engine, offering over 170mph while remaining tractable enough to be driven on the road. Indeed the works cars were driven from Coventry to Dover, onto the ferry, and then down the main roads to the French circuit.

One of the production units of the above prototype fetched £2,2 million at Bonhams auction in 2008, So the valuation of this unit must be staggering.

Although the C-Type had decisively beaten Europe’s best at Le Mans in 1951 and 1953, the threat from Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari made it clear to Jaguar Team Manager ‘Lofty’ England and engineer Bill Heynes that they needed a new car. This was the result – stronger, lighter and faster than the C-type, yet powered by a 270bhp development of the same XK engine. This meant that private owners could easily buy and maintain these cars, which offered a useful back-up to the works team.

This prototype was completed in May 1954, and immediately travelled to France for the Le Mans test session where development driver Norman Dewis broke the Lap record by five clear seconds. Back at Coventry it was used for more development work, while a further three D-types were built for the race itself. In the event fuel contamination sidelined two cars, but the third finished second after a Ferrari. Victories at Reims and Sebring were a promising pointer for the following year, when Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb won Le Mans – Jaguar’s third victory.

In 1956 two works cars crashed and one suffered engine failure, but the honours fell to another D-type of the private Ecurie Ecosse team. In 1957 Ecurie Ecosse brought Jaguar’s total to five Le Mans wins, three of them for the D-type – a world beating sports-racing car, which you could buy from a Jaguar dealer and drive home.

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2011 Jaguar XKR


Jaguar showsoff the latest dramatic evolution of its supercharged Jaguar XKR coupe at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The stunning new Jaguar XKR Special Edition delivers a significantly raised maximum speed – 174mph (280km/h) – and stunning exterior styling changes that create the fire and brimstone supercharged Jaguar.

The Jaguar XKR Special Edition combines a number of new features and option packs that are introduced to the XK range at 2011 Model Year. Jaguar customers have the option to personalise their vehicle by building on the existing Jaguar XKR package to deliver a car that offers even greater performance without sacrificing the refinement and luxury for which every Jaguar is renowned.

Introduced in 2009, the Jaguar XKR boasts a state-of-the-art 5.0-litre supercharged AJ-V8 Gen III R engine that delivers 510PS (510bhp SAE), 625Nm of torque and propels the coupe to 60mph in just 4.6 seconds. Now, in Special Edition guise, the Jaguar XKR’s top speed climbs significantly from an electronically limited 155mph (250km/h) to 174mph (280km/h) thanks to the addition of the Speed Pack. Allied to that remarkable engine is an advanced six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted paddles, lightweight aluminium body structure and a range of computer-controlled systems including Active Differential Control and Adaptive Dynamics that ensure the supercharged car accelerates even faster, handles even more precisely and sets new standards of ride and comfort.

Jaguar XJL Supercharged Neiman Marcus Edition

The 2010 Jaguar XJ was just released this summer, but as Jaguar gears up for the holiday season, it is releasing a limited-edition run of 50 XJL Supercharged cars for Neiman Marcus’s holiday catalog.

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XJL Supercharged Neiman Marcus Edition

Pictures on the left was spotted in June 2009 Camouflaged and on the right is the 7th October 2009 Unmasked.

The 2010 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Neiman Marcus Edition, as the car is exhaustively titled, features exactly what you’d expect: the extended-wheelbase 2010 Jaguar XJL platform, a 470-horsepower Eaton supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine and custom Neiman Marcus special-edition interior and exterior treatments.