Jaguar at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Anita Panait, on July 11, 2013

Jaguar will showcase both its legends and its future at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed scheduled on July 11-14, 2013.  The carmaker intends to field some of its important heritage vehicles for the Goodwood Hill climb. Aside from that, Jaguar also intends to unveil three new “R” vehicles − with a combined power output of 1650 PS − to the UK public.

The carmaker likewise plans to unveil also a new design study based on the Jaguar F-TYPE convertible sports car, called the Project 7.  All of these exciting new models and concepts can be viewed up close in the Festival of Speed Supercar Paddock. The limited-edition Jaguar XKR-S GT will see also action for the first time in the United Kingdom. It will be piloted by six-time Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy on July 12, 2013 in the Supercar Run.

The Jaguar XJR high performance saloon, which boasts of a supercharged, 550-PS 5.0-liter V8 engine, will have its first public appearance during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, to be driven by Gran Turismo producer Kazunori Yamauchi on July 13, 2013. Jaguar will also take the its F-TYPE-based new design study on the Goodwood Hill, to be driven by its Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Mike Cross.

"In addition to the hill climb activities, visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed will be able to view a range of new Jaguar vehicles in the brand’s eye-catching, two-storey pavillion, including the XFR-S performance saloon; the new XJR flagship and the recently-launched XF Sportbrake. The new F-TYPE sports car will also be on show, as will an example of an F-TYPE chassis which allows visitors to examine the all-aluminium structure in its high-tech, lightweight glory. A stunning new art installation, inspired by Jaguar design, created by Royal College of Art students and unveiled during the recent Clerkenwell Design Week in London, will also be on display for the duration of the Goodwood Festival of Speed." said the press release.

Created by the ETO division of Jaguar, the new XKR-S GT is aimed not only to be the best track version of the XK coupe but also to be its ultimate road-going version. In addition, Jaguar made a wide range of changes to the suspension and aerodynamics while putting in carbon ceramic brakes. All of these combined ensure that the race-car inspired XKR-S GT has the braking performance with a more connected feel. Jaguar also put in a variety of bespoke carbon fiber elements like the elevated rear wing, dive-planes, and front splitter, the last of which has been extended.

The goal clearly was to make sure that the aerodynamic downforce would be maximized. When the brand was developing the two-seater F-TYPE sports car, it acquired technical knowledge. This learning experience was implement on the steering and suspension systems of the XKR-S GT. The result is that the two are optimized to allow for agility and immediate response to the input of the driver. For the XKR-S GT, Jaguar will be offering Polaris White as an option and will be come with those distinct graphics. Meanwhile the R-S GT script can be seen on the louvred bonnet.

On the interior, Warm Charcoal is seen having red accents. One feature that is sure to catch attention is the electrically 16-way adjustable “Performance” seats with Suede cloth and finished in soft-grain leather. Integrated to the backrests are the Jaguar and the R-S GT scripts. There is also Jet Suedecloth headlining with the steering wheel also in Jet Suedecloth. The steering wheel will be fitted with aluminum paddle shifters as standard. Both console and treadplates have the script which guarantee just how exclusive this model is.

In terms of performance, the XKR-S GT is equipped with the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. Maximum output is 550 PS with peak torque of 680 Nm. The engine is paired with the six-speed transmission that comes with the active electronic differential. Top speed is electronically limited at 186 mph (300 km/h) with acceleration from standstill to 60 mph possible in 3.9 seconds. These performance figures are due to the changes in the suspension and aerodynamics in addition to modifying the calibration of the traction control system. Jaguar revealed that it will be limiting the initial production of the XKR-S GT to the North American market to 30 units.

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