Jaguar her­itage rac­ing is go!

The Washington Times Daily - - Auto -

As Jaguar em­barks on the most ex­ten­sive new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment cy­cle in its his­tory, it is the per­fect time to in­vest in and cel­e­brate its her­itage. Says Jaguar Global Brand Di­rec­tor, Adrian Hall­mark: “Jaguar is proud of its her­itage, and it is a her­itage that is both alive and ever evolv­ing.

“Ad­vanced en­gi­neer­ing is part of our her­itage — 2012 sees the 60th an­niver­sary of Jaguar’s de­vel­op­ment of the disc brake for au­to­mo­tive use, and ten years since the mar­que in­tro­duced aero­space-in­spired alu­minium mono­coque tech­nol­ogy to its mod­ern range, tech­nol­ogy to­day used on both the XJ and XK. For­ward look­ing de­sign is part of our her­itage — the poised in­tent of the C-X16 con­cept pushes the boundaries to­day just as much as the SS Jaguar 100 did in 1935. And rac­ing is very much part of our her­itage also – which is why we have launched the Jaguar Her­itage Rac­ing pro­gramme that this year will see Jaguar C- and Dtypes in com­pet­i­tive ac­tion.”

The first event at which Jaguar Her­itage Rac­ing will be present is the 2012 Mille Miglia ret­ro­spec­tive in May. This year’s run­ning of the Mille Miglia has par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance for Jaguar as it marks 60 years since Sir Stir­ling Moss and Nor­man Dewis (then Jaguar’s chief de­vel­op­ment driver) took the start in the first disc-brake equipped C-type. Later that same year Sir Stir­ling Moss recorded the first win for a disc-braked car when he drove an­other C-type to vic­tory at Reims, paving the way for the wide-scale use of the tech­nol­ogy that we all take for granted to­day.

In Au­gust, the Jaguar Her­itage Rac-

ing team will then be in com­pet­i­tive ac­tion at the AVD Nürburgring Old­timer Grand Prix. Of­ten re­ferred to as the ‘green hell’, the Nürburgring Nord­schleife is re­garded as one of the tough­est tracks in the world, which is why Jaguar has a ded­i­cated test fa­cil­ity lo­cated there run­ning a rig­or­ous dura­bil­ity and per­for­mance pro­gramme for its mod­ern range.

Says Jaguar Land Rover Global Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Frank Klaas: “The Nürburgring Nord­schleife presents a unique au­to­mo­tive chal­lenge that Jaguar’s de­vel­op­ment team con­tin­u­ally sub­ject our cur­rent and fu­ture mod­els to in or­der to per­fect their at­tributes of qual­ity, dura­bil­ity and dy­namic pre­ci­sion. To also see his­toric works Jaguars in com­pet­i­tive ac­tion at the Nürburgring this year will be fas­ci­nat­ing.”

From Ger­many, the team will then head back to Bri­tish shores for the Good­wood Re­vival in Septem­ber. The undis­puted jewel in the crown of the his­toric mo­tor rac­ing cal­en­dar, the Re­vival pro­vides a daz­zling back­drop of nostal­gia for an equally daz­zling ar­ray of com­pet­i­tive ac­tion in which the Jaguar Her­itage Rac­ing C- and D-type will play their part.

The Jaguar Her­itage Rac­ing pro­gramme is op­er­ated and man­aged by JD Clas­sics, based in Mal­don, Es­sex. An es­tab­lished player in the his­toric mo­tor­sport world, JD Clas­sics will pre­pare both the C- and D-type Jaguars which will take to the track, and have re­spon­si­bil­ity for all race-day ac­tiv­i­ties. Derek Hood, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, JD Clas­sics, said: “Jaguars have been at the heart of our busi­ness for many years, and the op­por­tu­nity to work with Jaguar Her­itage Rac­ing and en­sure that the com­pany is as well rep­re­sented in his­toric mo­tor­sport to­day as it was when those same mod­els com­peted in pe­riod is one we were only too happy to ac­cept.”

The Jaguar Her­itage Rac­ing pro­gramme will sup­ple­ment the ac­tiv­i­ties of Jaguar Her­itage – a char­i­ta­ble trust and cus­to­di­ans of an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of price­less mod­els from Jaguar’s past, in­clud­ing the unique XJ13 pro­to­type. Its cars are not cam­paigned com­pet­i­tively on-track, but will con­tinue to be ex­hib­ited – and demon­strated – at a huge num­ber of events dur­ing 2012.

As Jaguar em­barks on the most ex­ten­sive new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment cy­cle in its his­tory, it is the per­fect time to in­vest in and cel­e­brate its her­itage.

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