Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Jaguar Press | posted October 20, 2014 10:30
A chance to drive around a Jaguar D-Type, E-Type or XK150 as such
Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations recently announced that it will launch the Jaguar Heritage Experience next month at the 200-acre Fen End test facility near the home of Jaguar Land Rover in West Midlands. Fans of the British automaker will have a chance of driving its iconic vehicles which will include the classic E-Type, the Le-Mans winning D-Type, the C-Type, the XJ13, the latest F-Type R Coupe and many more.
Most of the cars that will be used during the special event will be driven for the 1st time as the company recently bought over 500 units of the mentioned cars from a private collector and had them all prepared for the driving experience.
“This is the first experiential offering from our new division and is the first time in Jaguar’s history that we have made a collection of vehicles of this calibre available for ‘arrive and drive’ experiences. It’s an extremely exciting new project that underscores the very essence of what Special Operations is all about – celebrating heritage with our eyes firmly on the future,” said John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director.
Example packages included in the event are the:
1.) Jaguar Experience – customers can drive the cars themselves or ask for a passenger ride alongside a seasoned professional driver. Cars included in this package are the X150, Series 1 and Series E-Types and an option to drive alongside the modern F-Type. Price ranges from GBP 95 – 250 (about PHP 6855 – 18,000)
2.) Le Mans Experience – sit behind the wheel of Jaguar Le Mans vehicles like the C- and D- Type to re-live the enduring race for half a day. The package will also feature a drive in either the XKSS or F-Type Coupe R and includes lunch. Priced at GBP 750 (about PHP 54,125)
3.) Grace and Pace Experience – a full day of driving Jaguar Heritage vehicles that range from post-war racers, sport saloons, coupes, roadsters and many more. The package will include a special pass that will let customers drive creations from the company's Special Operations division. It also includes chauffeur-driven transportation in classic Jaguar saloons to a lunch venue. Priced at GBP 2000 (about PHP 144,335)
Customers that are able to arrive first in the event will be granted exclusive invites to guided viewings of the 'Perfect Ten' exhibition that will also take place in the testing facility. The 'Perfect Ten' will display select Jaguar models that were hand-picked by the company's Design Director Ian Callum, Lord March of the Goodwood Estate and AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson.
Two cars included in the exhibit are the rare SS100 and the XJ13.