Written by Ollie Kew

This is the new Jaguar D-Type. No, really. This Longnose-spec racer is the engineering prototype for a box-fresh run of 25 more D-Types. Why? Well, because it"s excellent business for Jaguar. And because it"s a completion of a story started more than sixty years ago. The original D-Type was a fabulously successful (not to mention exquisitely beautiful) racing car based on the earlier C-Type but with low-drag aerodynamics (for the age) specifically aimed at Le Mans success. That box was mightily ticked with a triplet of 24 Heures du Mans victories in 1955, 1956 and 1957. However, while Jaguar originally intended to produce 100 D-Types, only 75 were completed before the car became uncompetitive.

Date written: 6 Feb 2018

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