With its new F-Pace special model, Jaguar is celebrating a major victory in motorsport. The 1988 version also has a special look inside.
Did we miss something? We are accustomed to the fact that the Brits don’t care about the great logical metric system and instead keep using the metric mile, gallon or pound-force measurements. But do they now follow their own calendar on the island? That’s not what we know – as far as we know, the clock hands there also rotate every second, minute, and hour. Typically, a year has 365 days. It seems unusual that Jaguar is now celebrating an event it was 34 years ago. Not 35, 30 or 40, but 34. That’s also kind of weird.
Of course, it’s indisputable that Jaguar made a remarkable sporting coup at the time – in 1988. On the weekend of June 11th and 12th, the Jaguar XJR-9LM with Tom Walkinshaw Racing won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It shouldn’t be taken for granted, after all, the concentrated motorsport powerhouse from Ländle also competed in the classic long-distance race at Sarthe this year. A few Porsche 962Cs defied the English for victory, and Sauber Mercedes also wanted to make a splash with the C9.
Almost standard race
However, after the Swiss-Swabian group pulled two cars ahead of the race, it turned out to be a duel between Jaguar and Porsche. Porsche’s best work with Hans-Joachim Stock, Klaus Ludwig and Derek Bell at the wheel pushed the Jaguar crew to its limits in a 24-hour race at a brisk pace, but it was Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace who ultimately prevailed. In the end, the winning car covered nearly 5,333 kilometers on the track scheme, which was still scratch-free at the time – just short of the record-breaking Porsche winning car in 1971. It was Jaguar’s first victory at Le Mans At 31 years old.
In case you don’t remember the appearance of the 1988 Jaguar XJR-9LM, the Group C monster with a seven-liter V12 competed in the 24 Hours of Purple, White and Gold at the time. This is where the 1988 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is linked. As a reference to motorsports success at the time, the special model is the only F-Pace to have a paint finish called Midnight Amethyst Gloss. It appears black until sunlight reveals the purple flash hidden within. By contrast, the forged 22-inch wheels are satin gold.
Gold accents indoors and out
The 1988 edition also features the Sunset Gold Satin Jaguar script on the tailgate. There is also the laser-engraved 1988 Edition logo on the front fenders. Also available on the standard Jaguar F-Pace SVR is the Black Package with gloss black door mirror caps, brake calipers and wheel hub caps. The letter “R” for the SVR lettering is also black.
Inside, the Jaguar F-Pace SVR features Ebony leather and some Sunset Gold Satin details. They can be found on the dashboard, steering wheel spokes and gearshift paddles, and heated and cooled front performance seats. Some small things are still black, while different lettering on the dashboard and on the door sills indicates the special status of the 1988 edition.
5 liters supercharged unchanged
Technically, nothing has changed in the Jaguar F-Pace SVR. The 1988 version is also powered by a powerful 5-liter V8 engine, which develops 550 hp and distributes a maximum of 700 Nm to all four wheels. The SUV accelerates from zero to hundreds in 4.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 286 km / h.
The special model will be presented to the public for the first time at this year’s edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which takes place June 8-12 – along with its inspiration, the 1988 Jaguar XJR-9LM two weeks after the guest appearance, the special model will be presented to the public for the first time. The 1988 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is also at Goodwood at the Festival of Speed, where it will also race on the winding hill. The SUV cracker is limited to a maximum of 394 units – that’s how many laps the XJR-9LM was able to make when it won Le Mans in 1988. The base price in Great Britain is £101,550, which is currently €119,000.
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It’s not that there is no sports car in Jaguar’s lineup; The Type F was perhaps more appropriate in content to celebrate Le Mans’ victory. Instead, Jaguar’s specialty division, SV Bespoke, has chosen the F-Pace to launch a special custom model. This is also a slightly strange aspect of this story.