Jaguar F-Type Shows Off at Goodwood, Gets in Trouble Because Of It
The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed had no shortage of memorable moments. On its own, the hill climb event was one of the hottest tickets over the weekend, and at least one vehicle made sure everyone got their money’s worth. For the record, the Jaguar F-Type is a great sports car. It boasts an angry 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine that’s lively and relatively fuel-efficient at the same time. It handles like a charm, and it’s poised and responsive on the road. The F-Type is the type of performance model that has few, if any, weaknesses. Unfortunately, one of those weaknesses is getting driven around a course…on two wheels. No sports car should be subjected to such inane gimmickry, and yet, there it was, a Jaguar F-Type, getting driven around the Goodwood hill climb on two wheels. It didn’t take long for something to go wrong, but, hey, at least the F-Type finished the hill climb, even if it was coughing and wheezing in the end.
Series Elite Launches One-Make Race Series For "Mature" Drivers
Are you of the opinion that there’s entirely too much young blood in motorsport? Are you tired of seeing 16-year-olds drive with audacious precision, incredible consistency and pace and humiliate the old and experienced? Well, now, the old have a place of their own: the Series Elite one-make championship for drivers over 50 years of age.
Jaguar is barely getting the I-Pace eTrophy series off the ground, one that’s supposed to give Formula E race-goers a little more bang for their buck. At the same time, a private initiative called Series Elite is trying to increase Jaguar’s footprint in racing by launching its own championship using Jaguar XE SV Project 8 cars. It’s supposed to be a series centered around wealthy gentleman drivers who are at least 50 years old and want to bang door handles in Jaguar’s most extreme sedan to date.
Series Elite expects to have a grid of 20 "mature drivers", as they put it, by the time the series kicks off next May. The 20 XE SV Project 8s that will be put to work by the 20 well-to-be adrenaline junkies are set to be slightly modified for track use but Series Elite stated that they can be turned back to the road legal specification quite quickly.
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.
A Classic Jaguar is Being Brought Back To Life
While it’s not exactly as famous as the Jaguar E-Type — no Jag is — the D-Type is still regarded as one of the most iconic Jaguars in history. Only 75 D-Type units were built in the late 1950s after Jaguar initially planned to build 100 units. Apparently, Jag’s failure to reach its intended goal has gnawed at the company for years. Well, Jag’s finally doing something to address that by announcing plans to build the last 25 units of the D-Type. This is not a drill, folks. Jaguar really is going to build the last 25 units of the iconic race car, completing what it should’ve done 60 years ago.
1958 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’
Throughout the 1950’s, Jaguar was busy establishing itself as a major power when it came to racing at Le Mans and sports car racing in general, owing much to such icons as the C-Type and its successor, the D-Type. By 1957, the Cat Badge had acquired as many as four wins at the iconic 24-hour race, not to mention numerous additional wins around the world. Unfortunately, Jag was stopped dead in its tracks when its Browns Lane factory in Coventry burned down in a fire on February 12th of that year, subsequently destroying the brand’s competition vehicles and the means to produce them, not to mention nine D-Types slated for road duty in XKSS specification. However, rather than throwing in the towel, Jaguar responded by turning to its motorsports partner Lister Motor Company, and a deal was struck wherein Lister would supply a body and chassis, while Jaguar would outfit it with an engine and drivetrain components. Thus, the iconic Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ was born, and with it, further competition success for the British automaker. Equipped with a lightweight aluminum body, advanced suspension and brakes, and a powerful six-cylinder engine, these curvaceous racers had the right stuff to once again propel its drivers to the top of podium.
These days, the Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ is considered highly collectible, with some examples easily fetching several million dollars at auction. We managed to catch one at the Mecum Auction in Monterey, California, this past August, and present it here for your lust and admiration.
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2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Unveiled
Jaguar just dropped details on its latest SVO-tuned monster, the XE SV Project 8, an eight-cylinder, AWD, four-door cruise missile jam-packed with go-fast stuff. As a reminder, SVO stands for Special Vehicle Operation, which is Jag’s skunk works division. The Project 8 follows in the footsteps of the F-Type Project 7 from 2014, and is definitely a worthy second act.
Here are the specs. Carbon fiber and aluminum are everywhere, with composites for the hood and bumpers. The body gets flared wheel arches and 20-inch aluminum wheels in the corners, while the aero is very much track-ready, with an adjustable front splitter, adjustable rear spoiler, flat underbody, and rear diffuser. Under the hood is a 592-horse supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 featuring a Titanium Variable Active exhaust. Top speed is rated at 200 mph, while 0-to-60 mph is done in 3.3 seconds, making Project 8 the quickest Jag ever produced. The suspension gets a manually adjustable ride height, while multiple Driveline Dynamics settings help fine tune your set-up for track duty. Throwing the anchor are carbon ceramic brakes, plus there are silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings, which are similar to what’s used in Formula 1. The cabin gets a four-seater layout in the U.S., while elsewhere, the Project 8 gets race buckets and a harness bar. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is set to make its first public debut later this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Sales will be worldwide, although production is set at just 300 units total.
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