In 1957, automobile manufacturers did not engineer racing cars other than Jaguar, on average, or even richer drivers. In the 1950s, the D-type classic, which won the Le Mans race for three years, withdrew from the market. It was the world’s first super-car.
After the LeMans victories behind him between 1954 and 1956, Jaguar retired from the racetracks leaving behind several unused race chases behind him. Sir William Lyons, the co-founder of the automobile company, decided to transform the remaining pieces into an exclusive road car, shaped with minimal touches and thoughtful of the driver’s comfort. And the XKSS has turned into a legendary driver legend in attracting famous car enthusiasts like Steve McQueen and Jay Leno.
The company had intended to produce 100 units, but on February 12, 1957, a fire broke out with the construction equipment of the vehicles, including nine of the 25 XKSS in Jaguar’s Brown’s Lane, Tamworth, England. Jaguar Classic is now building nine missing vehicles to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the car.
Jaguar engineers have been put in place for the first time in their life to build the 1950’s exclusive car, without copying the look, on the same level without the use of any original or restored parts of the XKSS. By using 21st century technology, they will be able to analyze this classic without resorting to any modern and practical method. Here’s how it works:
According to Tim Hannig, director of the Jaguar Classic, the team started “without any deterrence”. “Before we spotted and inspected four original XKSS models, we started by working on our extensive archive and the original plans of the car. “The results of the 3D CAD model confirmed that handcraft did not make the two cars in 1957 the same.
The body of the car has a magnesium alloy that is not produced today. Instead of Jaguar Generation Engineer Kev Riches, the team produced a series of 5,000 special items to find the closest material.
While some internal parts were being produced through the machine, the body of the new XKSS was crafted by one of the grandsons of the Warwickshire worker who made the original, like the 1957 version.
Because the parts were manually assembled, the 1957 XKSS had “irregularities and panel voids” that modern automakers would not even out of the factory, Hannig said. “Our team identified the gaps that had to be seen in order to increase the authenticity by using computer product images.”
“Our customers are people who know these cars very well, even if they know the number of rivets,” says Riches. “We combined our production with the original with 2,000 handmade rivets produced from the alloys in the original documents.”
They do not use robots that work at the slowness of the workers of the 1950s, but instead all the welding is done by manual labor, using a chemical bronze mixture that is compatible with the original.
Interior Design – Engine
In these pieces, it was done with blacksmiths according to the designs in the archive – “With up to 250 horsepower, direct-to-six motorcycle gearbox and suspension,” says Riches. “We made a replica of the original Imperial Reynolds steel pipes of the 1950 with the same features in our production department.”
The XKSS was one of the first vehicles that Jaguar invented using disc brakes. The detailed design was applied to the brake pads on 20 special pistons which had to be placed one by one. The lining material was made with chemical blends as close as possible to the original with Jaguar’s possibilities.
According to Hannig, Dunlop, who made the original tires for XKSS, carefully examined his archives to rebuild the rubber material at that time. “Rubber production has gone a long way, it is difficult to reverse the time. “Hanning points out. “We can cope with more road handling than the original car.”
Modern developments in the plaster provide a more robust leather production than 60 years ago. Jaguar handmade the upholstery of the new XKSS, resembling the original by being curled and aroused.
When it comes to steering, Hannig says they are still “looking for the right cutter to match the veined texture found in the visual analysis of the original”.
Most Important Change
“We moved away from the original design at some point where it was safe,” says Riches. “The gasoline we use today contains enough ethanol to consume the original fuel tank without ever leaving. We have allowed the use of modern synthetic materials in the petrol system to prevent gasoline fires and fires. ”
Jaguar will produce 10 XKSS in total with the same design as any existing model in 1957. The first vehicle will be used in the exhibition and test drive without being sold. It will be a test job to heal those who will be the first to sell cars that have gone through intense scrutiny.