(from Jaguar Press
Release) FASTEST JAGUAR EVER AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
The fastest Jaguar ever will make its UK debut later this week at
the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Jaguar's XFR Prototype
made its record-breaking run at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats
in Utah last November, reaching a stunning top speed of 225.675mph.
The XFR Prototype, which will be driven by Rocketsports Racing
owner, Paul Gentilozzi, the man behind the wheel at Bonneville,
appears in Goodwood's 'First Glance' category. A one-off Jaguar XKR
will join the 'Supercar run', driven by Mike Cross, Jaguar's Chief
Engineer of Vehicle Integrity.
Mike O'Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars, said: "The essence
of the Festival is speed, making it the perfect venue for fielding
Jaguar's fastest car ever – the record-breaking XFR Prototype.
"The XKR 'Goodwood Special' has been developed as a one-off to
explore the harder side of the XKR's character and allow our
engineering team to explore some performance boundaries. The
Festival of Speed gives us the opportunity to have fun in a high
performance car without all the practical and legal requirements of
driving on the road getting in the way!
"These stunning modern Jaguars will be accompanied by a terrific
selection of our 'fastest' and most significant historic vehicles."
In keeping with this year's endurance theme, Jaguar's illustrious
heritage will be represented on 'The Hill' in the form of Le Mans
winners – the D-type and the C-type. Jaguar will also field the
unique XJ13 a car designed for endurance racing in the 1960s but
which never competed – yet is still considered by many to be one of
the most beautiful racing cars of all time.
Long Nose D-TYPE returns to The
The 1957 Le Mans winning
long-nose D-type will roar its way up the hallowed hill climb once
again. Duncan Hamilton won the Reims 12-hour race in this car in
1956 along with Ivor Bueb and that same year, Mike Hawthorn entered
the 1956 24-hour race at Le Mans with Bueb, finishing sixth.
Hawthorn and Bueb drove this car again in 1957 at Sebring, finishing
First victory for Jaguar at Le
Mans 24-hour race – Jaguar C-TYPE
The C-type brought
Jaguar its first victory in the Le Mans 24-hour race. Once the XK120
had finished twelfth in the 1950 Le Mans, demonstrating its
abilities in racing, it was clear Jaguar had the makings of a
world-beater spurring on chief engineer William Heynes to create a
competition version for Le Mans – the C-type.
The only one in the world – Jaguar
The XJ13 is one of the
most beautiful racing cars of all time, thanks to the extraordinary
work of aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer. Although the XJ13 was built as
a potential Le Mans contender, it never competed in a race due to
various business reasons but the potential of this unique 502bhp,
5-litre V12 engine was never doubted.
Running with minor
aerodynamic and safety modifications to meet the requirements for a
Bonneville run, the 225mph top speed was achieved with additional
horsepower liberated by a remapped ECU, a modified air intake and
exhaust system and revised supercharger settings. No internal engine
components were changed and the six-speed automatic transmission was
standard, including the gear ratios. Paul's link with Jaguar comes
from his success with the XKR in the American Trans Am Series – he
has achieved five series victories between 2001 and 2006.
Goodwood Special XKR
As well as performance
enhancements and a louder exhaust, this one-off XKR, based on a MY10
vehicle, features 21-inch wheels and a lowered ride-height. The
exterior also stands out with a unique Lime Green paint scheme and
XKR exterior graphic along with satin graphite detailing to the
front grilles, headlights, door mirrors, side window surrounds, rear
signature blade and bonnet louvres.
For more information on Jaguar please visit www.jaguar.co.uk. For
further information on Jaguar's heritage vehicles please visit
The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009 will take place from 3 – 5 July
The new XKR for 2010
Model Year is available to order now and is priced at £72,400 for
the Coupe and £78,400 for the Convertible. Jaguar's new XFR is
available to order now and is priced at £59,900.