IN RECENT YEARS I HAVE TOTALLY dedicated myself to developing my XK-R, facing many difficulties and also making mistakes without ever losing heart. For the amount of work done on my Jaguar XK-R, I have published stories in numerous magazines and websites specifically on that sector. As a starting point I concentrated on the set-up, initially managed by the Andreani Group with Ohlins. That was a total disaster. I then moved to NTP Bolzano with their Bilstein-Eibach handcrafted coilover kit. It worked perfectly.
Next I installed a QUAIFE LSD differential, Malaysian UltraRacing oversized front and rear torsion bars, PowerFlex Black Series rubber kits, handcrafted connection bushings between the rear axle and differential and handcrafted adjustable front suspension upper arms mounted on a uniball.
An oversized stainless steel exhaust was completely built by hand (and hidden) with rear silencers and central silencer (internally crossed to X) which I bought from MAGNAFLOW in the US, a 100-cell sports catalyst then oversized ceramic-coated exhaust manifolds.
Engine changes initially involved direct intake with cone filter, a stage two pulley to the supercharger and other improvements.
Then in January 2018 following a wrong mapping to the control unit, I broke a piston - so then a new project started!
I have been in contact for many years via email with Italian-American Tony Gentilozzi and his father Paul, CEO of the RSR (Rocketsports Racing) Jaguar racing team in the US. I contacted them again to enquire if they had an engine block from one of their racing Jaguars.
YES, they had a new one, and it was enlarged to 4.8 litres with 92mm cylinder liners. The original 4.2 litre engine units were 86mm. We agreed on the price and he sent it to me ...
Since they use dry-sump lubrication for racing, it came without a regular sump!
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THAT MISSING YEARS OF XK120
Kieran Lillis explains the previously unrecorded and lost years of the 1951 Darwin to Alice Springs world record breaking XK120. How it survived unscathed is astounding.
S-S- CARS: FIRST JAGUAR SALOON
WHEN PERTH'S GRANT PIERCE BOUGHT A 1937 1.5 LITRE S.S. JAGUAR IN THE UK HE DIDN'T FULLY APPRECIATE HOW SPECIAL IT WAS. HE SAYS HE DIDN'T WANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH IT - BUT IS NOW SMITTEN WITH PERHAPS THE FINEST ORIGINAL EXAMPLE IN THE WORLD.
Finding the right XJ-C two door saloon
They are beautiful, rare and still affordable but be quick they are on the rise.
THE DYE IS CAST
NO MORE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES, SUVS AND LESS CARS PRODUCED. WE FIND WHAT THAT MIGHT MEAN. JAGUAR IS ALSO AT PROVERBIAL WAR WITH THE BUILDERS OF REPLICA C AND D-TYPES. THE REASON IS UNCLEAR, BUT IT IS GETTING MASSIVELY DAMAGING PUBLICITY.
THE CANARY THAT ROARS
THE V8 SUPERCHARGED F-TYPE'S DAYS MAY BE LIMITED, BUT THE MATT SORRENTO YELLOW JAGUAR AWAKENS ALL THE SENSES.
Jaguar restores 12 E-Types - all sold at a price
To mark the E-Type's 60th anniversary, Jaguar Classic has unveiled the first cars in the E-Type 60 Collection – what could fairly be called the ultimate factory 'restomod'.
Bob Berry (1929 - 2021)
ANOTHER UNSUNG JAGUAR LEADER IN THE 1950S HAS PASSED. WE PAY TRIBUTE TO HIM
SIXTY years on ... its creation
The E-Type was the creation of one person - aerodynamacist Malcolm Sayer. He was immensley private and secretive with his work, and was also a multi-talented artist and musician.
GRAHAM FRANKLIN'S: DREAMS DO COME TRUE
IF YOU ARE A REGULAR READER YOU WILL probably remember this eye-popping XJR-S in edition #162 when it was owned in Perth (WA) by Peter Crisp.
AN E-TYPE REALITY
Having owned E-Types almost as long as he has been driving, Tony takes a hard look at their rises and falls. His conclusion about their values will surprise.
Raziek from Razor Customs wanted to build a car that was unique to our shores and when he received word that a Dodge Challenger might be available, he immediately pounced on the opportunity to own it.
Standard-Triumph Powered Morgans Part II (Post-1945)
Our feature last issue highlighted the pre-war Morgans powered by the Standard Special engine. These cars continued to be made after the war, until the Vanguard came along. This issue, Phil Homer looks at the Morgans with Vanguard and TR-based engines that followed.