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Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations will Launch a New Model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock the past few weeks, it seems as if the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , which kicks off on June 26th, is shaping up to be one hell of a spectacle. We already learned that you’ll get to run the hillclimb in a digital version of the GTI Roadster and that the Q50 Eau Rouge will clear its V-6, twin-turbocharged throat on the course too. And now we have learned that Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations — the folks responsible for giving thick-walleted customers customized Jags and Rovers — will reveal a new model during the festivities.

According to the press release, the new vehicle will be a Jaguar, so we can rest assured knowing that it won’t be some oddly named and obnoxiously expensive Land Rover . Rather, it will be some sleek sexiness from the British big cat.

As of now, the details are very scarce, as Jag didn’t even give us the slightest clue on what this car will be. Stay tuned to TopSpeed.comand we’ll bring you all of the juicy bits once the car hits Goodwood.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar’s new Special Operations Division.

Why It Matters

Jaguar. New model. Goodwood Festival of Speed. Need I say more? With Jaguar known to roll out metallic awesomeness like the Project 7 , there is no saying what the British sports car manufacturer has up its sleeve for Goodwood. But if I were to take my best guess what Jaguar Special Operations is prepping for the show, I would have to say that it is one of the six lightweight E-Types that the department is putting together. If this proves to be true, then we should get a lot of answers to the questions about this new/old car that are running through our heads.

Jaguar Land Rover Launches Special Operations Division

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Lamborghini has the Ad Personam, Ferrari has its Special Projects division, and Porsche has its Exclusive program, so it was only a matter of time before Jaguar got its own bespoke arm. Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, however, is more than just an arm that customizes fast cats and luxo-SUVs. It is also in charge of handling high-end restoration of various Jags and LRs. In fact, its first project is building the six leftover lightweight E-Types from 1963. Quite a first project to undertake.

We suspect that this project will be what Jaguar is unveiling at Goodwood. Stay tuned to find out.

Press Release

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Long-term supporter of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar, will be making some noise at next week’s event from 26-29 June with an exceptional line-up of its cars, both old and new.

Visitors to the Jaguar stand at the spectacular automotive show will be delighted to see the first new product from Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations - the new division of Jaguar Land Rover responsible for a range of special product and service programmes for Jaguar and Land Rover customers.

Chiming perfectly with Goodwood’s 2014 Festival theme of ‘Addicting to Winning’, Jaguar will have an extensive selection of its past, present and near-future models at the event, including victorious examples of the racing D-type, XJS TWR and XJR-9 tackling the famous 1.16-mile hillclimb.

Two of the Jaguar Heritage Trust’s significant D-types will be in action as this legendary Jaguar marks its 60th anniversary. The original 1954 D-type prototype will be demonstrated, as will the later 1956 ‘Long Nose’ model, to be driven by ex-Grand Prix racer Bruno Senna. Bruno recently covered over 1,000 miles in this car at the 2014 Mille Miglia, with co-driver and fellow Formula 1 star, Martin Brundle.

Other Jaguar Heritage competition racers in action at Goodwood will include the iconic ‘Group 44’ E-type, the Group-A XJS TWR and the 1988 Le Mans-winning XJR-9 LM, the latter being reunited with one of its victorious team drivers; Andy Wallace.

Away from the competition cars, examples of Jaguar’s new production F-TYPE R Coupé and XFR-S Sportbrake will be publically seen in action at the Festival, with both set for high speed drives up the famous Goodwood Hill.


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