Jaguar launches Heritage Racing programme

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 13, 2012

Jaguar returns to motorsport with the launch of the Jaguar Heritage Racing program. This marks the first appearance of Jaguar since 1956. Its works-supported C- and D-types will compete at venues such as Goodwood and the Nürburgring. Meanwhile, Jaguar Heritage Racing is expected to be seen throughout the season at various events that were added to the historic motoring calendar. Jaguar will participate at the Mille Miglia, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and every round of the E-type challenge in the UK.

In 2011, this series illustrated the intensity of global interest in historic motorsport and specifically, in Jaguar's participation. Jaguar is starting on the most extensive new product development cycle ever.

This makes it the best time to take pleasure in its heritage. Adrian Hallmark, the Global Brand Director of Jaguar, said that advanced engineering is part of the brand’s heritage. Jaguar will mark the 60th anniversary of its development of the disc brake for automotive use in 2012. It has also been 10 years ago that the marque presented aerospace-inspired aluminium monocoque technology to its modern range.

This technology is currently being used on the XJ and XK. Jaguar stretches the limits with its C-X16 concept, comparable to what the SS Jaguar 100 accomplished in 1935.

This May’s 2012 Mille Miglia retrospective is the first event for Jaguar Heritage Racing. This is significant for Jaguar as it commemorates the passing of 60 years since Sir Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis (who was Jaguar's chief development driver back then) took the start in the first disc-brake equipped C-type. Later that year, the first win in a disc-braked car was achieved by Sir Stirling Moss who won while driving another C-type at Reims. This had led the way for the widespread use of this technology.

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