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Jaguar Launches One-Make Race Series For "Mature" Drivers

Jaguar Launches One-Make Race Series For "Mature" Drivers

All you have to do is be rich and old to join Jaguar’s new one-make series

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 Jaguar Series Elite for drivers over 50 years of age.

Jaguar is barely getting the I-Pace eTrophy series off the ground, a series that’s supposed to give Formula E race-goers a little more bang for their buck, and now they’re looking to expand their footprint in motorsport with a new project: the Series Elite. 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 XE SV Project 8.

Jaguar 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 the 20 well-to-be adrenaline junkies will be lightly modified for track use but Jaguar stated that they can be turned back to the road legal specification quite quickly.

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Burn off $226 in About 8 Minutes While You Ride Shotgun Around the Nurburgring in the Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Burn off $226 in About 8 Minutes While You Ride Shotgun Around the Nurburgring in the Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Spoiler - We said ’ride’, not ’drive’

We’ve all seen videos of fast cars burning rubber on the Nürburgring. Have you ever imagined being in one of those record-setting cars? If you answered yes, well, you can finally do it courtesy of Jaguar. Starting in mid-November, Jaguar will add the XE SV Project 8, equipped with the Track Pack, to its Jaguar Race Taxi fleet. If you’re interested, a professional driver will whip you around in the XE SV Project 8 for $226 per lap.

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Love the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace? Well, Jaguar Might go All-Electric

Love the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace? Well, Jaguar Might go All-Electric

Jaguar is reportedly considering a move that would turn it into a brand that only builds and sells electric vehicles within the next ten years. It’s even been reported that, during this time, the brand will slowly phase out internal combustion engines.

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WLTP Kills Another One In Europe, This Time Its a Jaguar

WLTP Kills Another One In Europe, This Time Its a Jaguar

Powerful internal combustion engines are the hot targets

The stringent World Harmonized Light Vehicle test Procedure (WLTP) has struck again. This time, Jaguar bears the brunt. Introduced at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Jaguar XJR575 is no longer available in Europe. Since the powerful sedan is a gas-guzzler, Jaguar had no option but to retire the car in Europe.

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The 2019 BMW 3 Series is here but these 2020 Jaguar XE Spy Shots Promise it Won't Go Unopposed

The 2019 BMW 3 Series is here but these 2020 Jaguar XE Spy Shots Promise it Won’t Go Unopposed

Baby Jag sedan in for a refresh

Jaguar is preparing its smallest sedan offering, the XE, for a refresh and these spy photos show some of the changes that will be made to it. The car is quite heavily camouflaged, with camo covering most of its lower body but we can spot the redesigned front fascia and possible new rear light cluster design.

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2020 Jaguar XE

2020 Jaguar XE

Jaguar is preparing a refreshed version of its XE compact executive sedan that could be revealed as early as next year’s Geneva Motor Show. However, don’t expect it to be radically different to the current car, as Jaguar has shown that in recent years it’s adopted an evolutionary tactic for the design of its vehicles - no big changes will be made, especially since this is just a mid-life revamp, and not an all-new model.

The big news with the XE won’t be of a visual nature, but mechanical instead - Jaguar has been talking a lot about electrifying its models, and the XE is quite possibly going to be the first Jag with a mild-hybrid powertrain that pairs its current line of Ingenium four-cylinder engines with a with a 48-Volt electrical system. That system replaces the traditional alternator and starter motor combo with a single unit that also assists the powertrain.

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Jaguar XE 300 Sport Becomes First Car To Lap The Circuit de Charade in 30 Years

Jaguar XE 300 Sport Becomes First Car To Lap The Circuit de Charade in 30 Years

Forgotten French track was nicknamed the "French Nurburgring" when it was open

The Jaguar XE 300 Sport made history in the most unusual of ways by becoming the first car to lap France’s Circuit de Charade in 30 years. The five-mile circuit hasn’t been used since the late 80’s — it hosted the French Grand Prix five times between 1965 and 1988 — but Jaguar was able to work with local authorities and the track’s current owners to re-establish its original layout for the XE 300 Sport’s flying lap. In the end, the XE 300 Sport managed to clock a lap time of four minutes and nine seconds at an average of 72 mph.

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The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Steals Speed Record at Laguna Seca, But We're Not Impressed

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Steals Speed Record at Laguna Seca, But We’re Not Impressed

It’s like a high-schooler beating on a sixth grader

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.

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We May Not Have a Jaguar XE SVR in Our Lives, But Arden's Program Comes Pretty Darn Close

We May Not Have a Jaguar XE SVR in Our Lives, But Arden’s Program Comes Pretty Darn Close

It’s not technically a Jaguar SVR unit, but it is impressive in its own right

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.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Jaguar XJ

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Jaguar XJ

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.

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The Jaguar XK Could be Revived as a 2+2 F-Type Sedan

The Jaguar XK Could be Revived as a 2+2 F-Type Sedan

Could well be a Family Sports Car, for all we know!

A lot of brands these days are reviving their retired models; for instance, Honda with the ’Insight’, and Ford with the ‘Mach 1’, to name a few. The latest entrant to this list is Jaguar with the XK. Seeing the success of theF-Type, Jaguar didn’t see the need to keep the XK around and discontinued it in 2015. However, it’s all set to return in a new avatar. Can it stay alive this time around without sacrificing itself for the other models in the line-up?

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Racing Legends Rate Project 8 a 10

Racing Legends Rate Project 8 a 10

Unleashing the baddest street-legal Jag ever produced

If you wanna test your performance machine properly, you’re gonna need a racing driver or two. And that’s exactly what Jaguar did with its new XE SV Project 8, putting the pumped-up four-door through its paces at the Goodwood Motor Circuit last month. The results were captured in the following short video.

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2018 Jaguar XJ50

2018 Jaguar XJ50

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famed "XJ" badge

One of the most iconic sedans ever produced, the Jaguar XJ is celebrating 50 years in 2018. And the British firm launched a special anniversary model at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Introduced in 2009, the current XJ is the eighth generation of the sedan that served as luxury transportation for many VIPs over the years. Jaguar is celebrating this special event with a handful of add-ons to the vehicle’s exterior and cabin. It also modified its badge for the event, renaming it the XJ50.

The XJ goes back all the way to 1968 when it was launched to replace the S-Type and the Mark 2. The first XJ was produced until 1992 with significant upgrades in 1973 and 1979. A complete redesign followed in 1986, with new updates in 1994 and 1997. The previous-generation XJ was unveiled in 2003 and received a facelift in 2007, two years before it was discontinued in 2009. The current model is already nine years old, and a new generation is about to be released. Until that happens, let’s take a closer look at this anniversary special edition.

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Jaguar Plans To Cook Up The Project 9; It Just Doesn't Know What It's Going to Be

Jaguar Plans To Cook Up The Project 9; It Just Doesn’t Know What It’s Going to Be

There’s no timetable yet for the follow-up to the Project 8

Following the success of the Jaguar Project 7 and Project 8, Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations is already working on its latest creation. Nothing is known about the car at the moment, but John Edwards, the boss of SVO, said that it’s coming. That should be good news to those who were left out on getting the F-Type based Project 7 when it was released in 2014 and the XE-based Project 8, which arrived last year.

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Jaguar Finalizes XE SV Project 8, Prepares To Battle The Porsche GT3

Jaguar Finalizes XE SV Project 8, Prepares To Battle The Porsche GT3

Steel yourself for the most powerful factory Jaguar road car ever created

The world of fast sedans is about to get a whole lot quicker, as the Cat Badge is gearing up to release its highly impressive XE SV Project 8. With production set to kick off this summer, this limited-run street-legal track terror is framed as a “Porsche GT3 with four doors.”

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Jaguar Kills Off the XE S, XF S, and the V-6 That Powers Them, Possibly Opening The Door For An Ingenium Inline-Six

Jaguar Kills Off the XE S, XF S, and the V-6 That Powers Them, Possibly Opening The Door For An Ingenium Inline-Six

A new powerplant could be just over the horizon…

Word has it the Cat Badge is ditching its current supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in the U.K., citing tightening emissions regulations and poor sales as major contributing factors in its demise. In its stead, it’s looking likely Jaguar will introduce a new, more efficient straight-six.

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Barely a Day After its Unveiling, The Jaguar XE 300 SPORT Already Holds A Unique Record

Barely a Day After its Unveiling, The Jaguar XE 300 SPORT Already Holds A Unique Record

It’s a good way to get people to start talking about the newest special edition Jag

More than a few people were disappointed when news broke that Jaguar was ditching plans to build the XE SVR. To (probably) make up for it, the British automaker released the XE 300 SPORT, a special edition version that serves as a nice headline piece ahead of the updated 2019 models. To help drive up the buzz surrounding the XE 300 SPORT, Jaguar brought it to Flevonice, Netherlands, where it could have a go at the world’s longest ice track against Olympic champion speed skater Shaolin Sándor Liu. Yes, the XE 300 SPORT raced against an Olympian. You’ll never guess who came out on top.

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Jaguar Drops Plans for an XE SVR, Leaving the Project 8 as the only XE to Sport a V-8 Engine

Jaguar Drops Plans for an XE SVR, Leaving the Project 8 as the only XE to Sport a V-8 Engine

Just like that, tears swelled up in the eyes of millions

Despite all the rumors that it was going to happen, Jaguar is not building the V-8-powered XE SVR. The supposed model was generating a lot of hype because of all the speculation surrounding it, but a new report from Car and Driver is popping that balloon. The Jaguar XE SVR is not happening, folks. That leaves the limited run XE Project 8 as the only XE model to feature a V-8 engine.

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What the Hell Happened to this Jaguar S-Type?

What the Hell Happened to this Jaguar S-Type?

In case you can’t see it, that’s a lot of toy cars on that S-Type

There are some sights that you can’t un-see. I’d like to offer this monstrosity as an example of that. This is a Jaguar S-Type, a car that once held the title as the world’s fastest production saloon. It was also panned for a number of things, most notably its lackadaisical styling. It is with great irony, then, that I present this particular S-Type. Word of warning: it’s not for the weak of heart or the weak of stomach.

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Hot Off the Trail of the AMG GT 4-Door, Jaguar Expresses Interest in a Four-Door F-Type

Hot Off the Trail of the AMG GT 4-Door, Jaguar Expresses Interest in a Four-Door F-Type

Are you sold on the possibility of a four-door Jaguar F-Type?

In the wake of Mercedes-AMG’s successful debut of the GT 4 four-door coupe, Jaguar looks to be warming up to the idea of rolling out its own version of a four-door coupe. Jaguar’s head of design, Ian Callum, admitted that a four-door version of the F-Type sports car would be something that Jaguar would look into, provided that a good business case for such a model can be made.

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Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain Gets a Custom-Built ‘Greatest Hits' Jaguar XJ6

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain Gets a Custom-Built ‘Greatest Hits’ Jaguar XJ6

All the good stuff, no filler

When he isn’t chopping wood on bangers like “The Trooper” or “Run To The Hills,” heavy metal drummer Nicko McBrain entertains himself with a collection of handsome Jaguars. Now, he’s got another Bad Cat to indulge in following the debut of this customized XJ6 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.

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