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A modern Jaguar Mark 2? Yes, please!

A modern Jaguar Mark 2? Yes, please!

A unique Jaguar Mark 2 redesigned by JAGUAR designer Ian Callum and re-engineered by a restoration company has been unveiled in the UK.

The 18-month joint project between Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, and Classic Motor Cars Limited endeavoured to retain the integrity of the original Mark 2, while making it even more exciting in shape and performance.

A modern Jaguar Mark 2? Yes, please!

The “Mark 2 by Callum” has a host of subtle aesthetic changes. It sits 30 millimeters lower, and the chrome bumpers have been replaced by integrated bumpers that have become part of the vehicle’s form.

It still sits on classic wire wheels but with a modern twist; they’re split rim alloys for extra strength and greater weight savings.

A modern Jaguar Mark 2? Yes, please!

But perhaps the biggest noticeable exterior upgrade is the inclusion of side vents, or ‘louvres’: “I have always loved traditional louvres as seen on many older race cars. Four louvres appear on the side of the car to add to that sense of power and ‘something different’.”

“Of course they had to work, so they have been designed in a low-pressure area for a better internal airflow from the modified engine,” explains Callum.

And it’s under the body and particularly within the engine bay where the biggest changes have taken place.

A modern Jaguar Mark 2? Yes, please!

The car has received a 4.3-liter V8 engine and a five-speed manual gearbox. And to make sure that all of that speed and power can actually be used, it has a unique independent rear suspension set-up, upgraded brakes and tweaks all round that will stop the car diving and yawing under acceleration, lateral force or braking.

The Callum Jaguar Mark 2 will be making its official public debut at the Salon Privé classic and supercar event in London on September 3.

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