When you think of Jaguar, you think of power! From their iconic racing machines, to their sports cars and luxury vehicles, Jaguar has a reputation for precision, powerful vehicles that reflect impeccable luxury and taste. Nothing is more posh than to take on a winding roadway or be seen socially in a Jaguar vehicle. Those vehicles took advantage of a powerful engine that propelled Jaguar to fame.
The History of an Iconic Powerplant
Initial designs for the V12 were produced as early as 1954, with a view to using it in a Le Mans car. The engine was to be a 5.0-liter, quad-cam engine with a high redline, which shared the same basic architecture of the XK cylinder head. After Jaguar withdrew from racing, the V12 designs lay forgotten until 1963 when Jaguar Cars purchased Coventry Climax, and as a result, Walter Hassan, who designed the XK engine with William Haynes at SS Cars Ltd, rejoined the team together with Harry Mundy and Claude Baily.
Watch this classic video on the development of the Jaguar V12 engine!