Jaguar XJS reborn with 600bhp, carbon body and manual gearbox

The interior appears to feature redesigned bucket seats and instrument cutouts on both sides of the dashboard. TWR is set to fully reveal the cabin – described as “fundamentally reimagined” – later this year, with the Supercat’s dynamic reveal slated for the summer.

Just 88 Supercats will be built – a number chosen to commemorate TWR’s first Le Mans win in 1988 – with a starting price of £225,000. Deliveries are set to start before the end of the year.

The car has been developed over more than two years by a group of engineers formerly of McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche, with others from the Williams, Mercedes and Renault F1 teams.

When the firm made its public debut last year, TWR Performance founder Fergus Walkinshaw said that the company would “preserve and protect the analogue driving experience in a world where modern performance cars are governed by electronic systems”.

Fergus is the son of Tom Walkinshaw, the British racer and team owner who founded the eponymous firm – often abbreviated to TWR – in 1976.

Founder aside, TWR Performance bears no direct link to the original TWR, the Oxfordshire-based racing firm that was best known for running Jaguar’s factory racing operations throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, which saw the XJS take the title in the 1984 European Touring Car Championship – the top saloon car racing championship at the time. 

On top of its motorsport endeavours, the original TWR team was involved in the development and production of many specialist cars such as the Renault Clio V6, Volvo C70 and Aston Martin DB7, along with a slew of Jaguar products.

TWR Performance is also not affiliated with Australian motorsport powerhouse Walkinshaw Group, run by Tom’s eldest son Ryan and spawned from HSV, itself founded as a joint venture between Holden and TWR. As well as seeing success on track in the Supercars series, that firm develops and builds road cars for OEMs, including Chevrolet.

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