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Jaguar restarts production of legendary D-type race car

Jaguar restarts production of legendary D-sort race vehicle

The initial Jaguar D-sort to be assembled by Jaguar Classic, an engineering prototype, will make its globe debut at the Salon Retromobile show in Paris.

Just 25 new examples of the D-sort will be meticulously hand-constructed at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire. In 1955 Jaguar planned to develop 100 D-kinds. With only 75 completed, Jaguar Classic is now fulfilling the company’s original ambition by making 25 all-new, period-right sports vehicles.

The D-sort, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race 3 occasions among 1955 and 1957, was powered by the six-cylinder XK engine. Every aspect of the D-kinds constructed for customers from 2018 will be produced to genuine, original specification.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic director, mentioned, “The Jaguar D-sort is 1 of the most iconic and stunning competitors vehicles of all time, with an outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races. It’s just as spectacular these days.

“The opportunity to continue the D-type’s success story, by completing its planned production run in Coventry, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime projects that our world-class experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic are proud to fulfil.”

The D-sort is the third continuation car from Jaguar Classic, complementing the six missing Lightweight E-kinds completed in 2014-15 and nine XKSSs constructed in 2017-18.
Jaguar Classic experts’ painstaking analysis, with exclusive access to original Jaguar engineering drawings and records, guarantees every new D-sort will be constructed to the genuine specifications laid down by competitions manager Lofty England and his engineers in the 1950s. D-sort customers can pick either 1955-specification Shortnose or 1956-spec Longnose bodywork.

The engineering prototype is the 1956 Longnose specification, identifiable by its extended bonnet, characteristic tail fin behind the driver’s head, wide-angle cylinder head and rapid-modify brake calipers.

Kev Riches, Jaguar Classic engineering manager, mentioned, “Recreating the nine D-type-derived XKSSs was hugely satisfying, and an even bigger technical challenge than the six missing Lightweight E-types, but lessons learned from the XKSS project have given us a head start on the final 25 D-types. Each one will be absolutely correct, down to the very last detail, just as Jaguar’s Competitions Department intended.”

Jaguar Land Rover Classic is the official supply of genuine vehicles, professional solutions, genuine components and unforgettable experiences for classic Jaguar and Land Rover enthusiasts worldwide. The quickly expanding team of extremely-skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices at Classic Works in Coventry specialises in outstanding Reborn restorations for each brands.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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