The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Steals Speed Record at Laguna Seca, But We’re Not Impressed
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has dominated the speed record for production sedans at Laguna Seca by almost a second with Randy Pobst pushing it around the track in just 1:37:54. That beats out the Cadillac CTS-V by almost a second, the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio by nearly two seconds, the BMW M5 by 2.4 seconds, and the Mercedes-AMG C63S by nearly three seconds. All of this is actually pretty impressive with the exception of one thing – the Project 8 might be a production car, but it’s hardly that. Its production run is limited to just 300 units, and it’s so heavily modified that it’s really not fair to compare it to the mass-produced models that it just beat.
Lets lake the CTS-V, for example. Sure, it’s a modified version of the CTS, but it’s not modified to the extent that it is that different. The same thing goes for the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, the M5, and the C63 S. They are all badass sedans, sure, but the Project 8 has a special distinction – only the front doors and roof panel are original. Everything else from the XE it’s based on has been replaced or manipulated in one way or another. That’s not the case with any of the cars that now, sadly, sit below the Project 8 at Laguna Seca. The Project 8 pumps out 592 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from a 5.0-liter V-8. Do you think you can even get a V-8 in the XE, even in its highest trim? Sorry, not gonna happen. Oh, and the Project 8 cost more than three times that of the range-topping XE S AWD trim level. So, Jaguar wants a pat on the back for breaking the “production sedan” record at Laguna Seca, but the fact of the matter is that it had to use a limited-run car that’s heavily modified to do it. We’re not impressed one bit. This is hardly a production sedan. When Jaguar can beat out the competition with a mass-produced car, then maybe we’ll talk.
But, I digress. Even if this record-breaking run is a ferociously obnoxious pile of PR crap stinking up our office, Randy Pobst was behind the wheel, and it’s always a blast to watch this man drive. So, we’ve posted the video here for you to watch and enjoy.
A 2016 Jaguar C-X75 Stunt Car From James Bond Spectre is Up for Sale
A stunning Jaguar C-X75 that was used in the James Bond movie Spectre is now up for sale. Designed and developed to celebrate Jaguar’s 75th anniversary, the C-X75 never made it to production despite efforts by Jaguar to make it happen. Only five prototypes were produced, one of which was used by the Bond movie’s big baddie, Mr. Hinx. The cost of the C-X75 is by appointment only. That’s fancy lingo for “if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.”
2018 Lister LFP
Fresh off the unveiling the devilish, 666-horsepower Jaguar F-Type-based LFT-666, British tuner Lister is back with its next project, this time based on Jag’s resident SUV, the F-Pace. Called, the Lister LFP, this SUV was prepared and developed for one purpose: to become the fastest SUV in the world. Only 250 units of the Lister LFP will be made, each coming with a price tag of £140,000, or around $180,000 based on current exchange rates.
Mercedes-Benz EQC vs Jaguar I-Pace
Like most mainstream automakers, Mercedes has been working on an all-electric drivertrain for more than a decade now. However, the Germans joined the market relatively late, with its first production model, the B-Class Electric Drive, being introduced in 2014. Four years later and Mercedes has finally rolled out its first fully independent EV built on a stand-alone platform. It’s called the EQC, and it’s part of the company’s new EQ brand for electric vehicles.
The EQC joins a rather tight niche of all-electric crossovers, with competitors including the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace, and the upcoming BMW iX3. The Model X is already dominating the segment, but the I-Pace is also new to the market. With the EQC set to go on sale in 2019, it’s the right time to compare it against it’s most important rivals. This time around, we’re looking at its European counterpart, the Jaguar I-Pace. Let’s find out how the two compare in terms of design, technology, and drivetrain below.
Jaguar to Take a Shot at McLaren with a Mid-Engined F-Type in 2022
Jaguar Puts Eyes on Autonomous Pods and It’s Pretty Creepy
Jaguar Land Rover has come up with a self-driving pod that can mimic eye contact that’s normally made between a driver and a pedestrian who’s about to cross a street. The self-driving pod even has “virtual eyes” that can literally “look” at a pedestrian who’s waiting to cross. The “look” is meant as a signal that the pod has identified the presence of a pedestrian and intends to stop for them so they can cross the street. The pod is part of JLR’s U.K. government-supported Autodrive project.
Jaguar Land Rover’s First Classic Car Facility Comes To The U.S.
Jaguar Land Rover has some good news for classic car fanatics. The British automaker is opening a classic car refurbishing and restoration center in North America. Apart from restoration, the center will also sell and service JLR’s classic vehicles. The facility will open in Savannah, Georgia in the summer of 2019.
Jaguar Will Drop its V-8 Engines to Make Room for an Inline-Six with Electric Turbo
Jaguar Land Rover is making sweeping changes to its engine lineup, and one of the casualties of these changes is the outdated and overused, 5.0-liter V-8 engine that both Jaguar and Land Rover have routinely used in a lot of its models. The V-8’s exit will eventually give way to high-performance versions of the upcoming Ingenium inline-six engine, including one version that will come with an electrically powered turbocharger.
2018 Lister LFT-666
Although it was revealed in prototype form at the beginning of the year, the Lister Thunder is no more. Say hello to the Lister LFT-666. The Thunder - a Lister tuned F-Type is renamed to LFT-666 to better fall in line with the future products that will spawn from the revived British car company. As it turns out, Lister is on the way to become an exclusive tuner of Jaguar cars. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do something like Polestar did with Volvo. Nevertheless, the company is still in its infancy, but if we are to judge by the first car they revealed, Lister will be a blast.
Lister Motor Company, Lawrence Whittaker, CEO says, “Over the past six months the Lister Motor Company has been working hard on developing our Tuning Division, starting with modifying the Jaguar F-Type. Originally, we named the prototype the Lister ‘Thunder’, however, due to future model lineage, all 99-production models will now be known as the Lister LFT-666, a befitting title and one where an intrigued passer-by instantly knows the brake horsepower of each Lister model.”
Although revealed only in the prototype form, Lister received a record number of orders for the Thunder (now the LFT-666). Finally, the company released a lot more info about it and let me tell you right away - it’s an awesome car.
Restoration: The Beautiful 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3
Restorations are always fun; the beauty of retro aligning with the technology of today, the old-school interiors getting a touch of modern material. While car lovers take this up as a task and do it themselves, there are professional companies which also do it. One such company is E-type UK, which specializes in restoring only the Jaguar E-Type models. This time around, they have restored a 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3.
The Lister Thunder Gets A Name Makeover, You Can Now Start Calling it The LFT-666
We previously knew it as the Thunder, but British sports car company Lister is renaming its Jaguar F-Type-based supercar with a somewhat more appropriate name that reflects its capabilities. So instead of the Lister Thunder, we’re going to have to get used to calling this beast the LFT-666. The model isn’t entirely new; in fact, we’ve discussed it a few times the past, most recently in June 2018. But, apparently, a lot has changed since June 2018. The Lister Thunder now goes by a different and far more fitting name.
Jaguar Could Be Jumping Into the Coupe-SUV Segment
As if the F-Pace, I-Pace, and E-Pace aren’t enough, Jaguar is reportedly looking to add yet another member to its growing family of crossovers and SUVs. If reports are to be believed, the next model on the plate is the C-Pace, the name Jaguar filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office a few days ago. The filings were made under multiple categories within the EUIPO’s system, including Nice Classification 12 for motor vehicles.
2019 Jaguar I-TYPE 3
Panasonic Jaguar Racing is looking to continue its momentum in Formula E as it enters its third season with the new I-Type 3 race car. After coming in dead last in its maiden season in 2016, Panasonic Jaguar Racing made huge strides in 2017, vaulting up to fifth in the overall constructor’s championship standings in the current season. Ahead of its third season in the series, the British racing firm is looking to break into the podium with a race car it hopes can get them there.
Jaguar’s Hints of a Possible Hypercar Gives Us Hope That The C-X75 Could Still Happen
2018 Lister Thunder
Established in 1954 as a race car manufacturer, Lister became famous when it won the 1957 British Empire Trophy with a heavily modified Jaguar D-Type, affectionately known as the Lister Knobbly. In the 1990s, Lister launched the Storm, a V-12 coupe that was sold as both a road car and an FIA-spec race car. The company returned to the market with an anniversary version of the original Lister Knobbly in 2014, including a tribute model for Sir Stirling Moss. Come 2018 and Lister launched the Storm, a modern sports car based on the already famous Jaguar F-Type.
Just like in the good old days, Lister once again chose a Jaguar as a base for its sports. But unlike the Storm, which featured a unique body over a Jaguar drivetrain, the Thunder looks almost identical to the F-Type. The body did get a few changes, but the big news is that Lister retuned the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 engine to deliver in excess of 600 horsepower, a feat you can’t get from the factory. What other features make the Thunder stand out? Find out in the review below.
Continue reading to learn more about the Lister Thunder.
We May Not Have a Jaguar XE SVR in Our Lives, But Arden’s Program Comes Pretty Darn Close
Well-known Jaguar tuner, Arden, has announced a tuning program that serves as an excellent alternative to the non-existent Jaguar XE SVR by tuning the XE S to deliver 463 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. You may have shed tears when Jaguar proclaimed that it had no plans to build an XE SVR, but now you can officially wipe away those tears once and for all.
If you’re looking for a full-scale sedan but don’t want to go with the big German three, then Jaguar is where you want to look. And, look no further than the Jaguar XJ – a premium luxury sedan dripping wet with style, leather, technology, and decent performance too. It’s offered with a range of supercharged engines that includes a 3.0-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8. Power output ranges from a decent 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque all of the way up to 550 horsepower and 680 pound-feet of torque. That’s one fast, beautiful, luxury sedan, don’t you think. Well, we certainly do, and that’s why we’ve decided to make it out wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite and compiled a gallery of plenty more in case you’re into something a little different.
Despite Technological Advances, Jaguar Aims to Always Produce True Driver-Oriented Sports Cars
Just because autonomous cars are expected to become daily drivers for a lot of people one day, that doesn’t mean traditional, performance-driven cars are going to become obsolete in the future. That’s the sentiment expressed by Jaguar Land Rover’s head of product strategy, Hanno Kirner. According to Kirner, enthusiast-centric cars could still thrive amidst the changing landscape of the industry, largely because interest in them will never go away.