Jaguar at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Jaguar XFR Prototype
Jaguar XKR Goodwood Special
1st July, 2009
The fastest Jaguar ever will make its UK debut later this
week at England's 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
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
"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 Hill
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 third.
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 provide a competition version for Le
Mans the C-type.
The only one in the world Jaguar XJ13
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 but the potential of this unique 502 bhp, 5-litre V12 engine was never doubted.
Running with minor aerodynamic and safety modifications to meet the requirements for a Bonneville
run, the 225 mph 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.