Jaguar – From Race to Road


The latest special edition, focusing on the legendary marque, is now available from our shop

Few brands have enjoyed the same type of on-off relationship with motor sport as Jaguar, and even fewer can boast such a string of successes to go with it.

The Coventry marque is rather unusual in the way it went about its competition programmes. Jaguar’s factory racing history is actually surprisingly short, and rather chequered at certain periods. It arrived, conquered and then swiftly left again. Often, many of its successes came at the hands of enthusiastic and talented amateurs, which only helped to bestow a roguish, underdog quality for the brand – it wasn’t simply the factory that could build, tune and win with the machinery from Browns Lane.

Featuring interviews, road tests and technical analyses, plus stories from the key characters in Jaguar’s history

In the wake of the Second World War, Jaguar’s seminal XK120 put the brand on the international map, starring in rallying, at Le Mans and even securing a land speed record.

That design gave way to the iconic C- and D-types, which stood firm against the might of Ferrari at Le Mans and also defined what was a golden age for sports car design, the 1950s, before the legendary E-type led the line during the 1960s. While much of Jaguar’s sporting success was achieved in endurance racing, notably at Le Mans, it has achieved huge things in rallying, participated in F1 and its engines have powered cars across almost all disciplines.

Motor Sport has had the privilege of writing about, and testing, many of Jaguar’s most famous machines.

On the 30th anniversary of its last Le Mans success, we are pleased to celebrate Coventry’s most famous export.


Get your copy of the latest collector's special from the Motor Sport shop. Featuring interviews, road tests and technical analyses, plus stories from the key characters in Jaguar’s history – this special edition is a must-have for all fans of the legendary marque. Click here to buy yours now.

 

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