The Leaping Cat is returning to the motorsport arena with the recent launch of Jaguar Heritage Racing.
For the first time since 1956, works-supported Jaguar C- and D-types will race again at venues like Goodwood and the Nürburgring as the season-long program will see Jaguar Heritage Racing support numerous events on the historic motoring calendar. These include the Mille Miglia, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and each round of the E-type challenge in the United Kingdom.
The program's launch also auspiciously marks not just the 10th year since the carmaker introduced the use of aerospace-inspired aluminum monocoque for its vehicles but the 60th anniversary of the carmaker’s development of the disc brake for automobiles as well.
"Jaguar is proud of its heritage, and it is a heritage that is both alive and ever evolving,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar global brand director. "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 aluminum 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 program that this year will see Jaguar C- and D-types in competitive action."
The first event at which Jaguar Heritage Racing will be present is the 2012 Mille Miglia in May. This year's running of the Mille Miglia has particular significance for Jaguar as it also marks the 60th year since Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis drove off from the starting line in the first disc-brake equipped C-type.
The Jaguar Heritage Racing program is operated and managed by JD Classics. 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 be responsible for all race-day activities.