The first car with disc brakes

jaguar 60th anniversary disc brake

Last week was held the Mille Miglia, a “race” of wonderful classic cars, that pays homage to the legendary Mille Miglia, a race car of the 20 that Enzo Ferrari called as “the greatest race car of the world.”

Of all the teams participantesen the 2012 edition, we caught my attention the team of six cars that Jaguar Racing Heritage lined up on the grid. And it was a very special day as they celebrated the 60th anniversary of the arrival of a Type C prototype equipped with a disc brake system in 1952. That first taste of tap in the Mille Miglia of 1952 represented the first test of resistance in the development of Jaguar disc brakes. Depending on the results used large-scale production cars … and it worked.

Obviously, driving a car so special that he would take the output of a spectacular trial, could not go either. So the pilots of this Type C equipped with disc brakes early history were Sir Stirling Moss, and with him was Norman Dewis, then chief engineer of Jaguar development. With 82 to 91 years old, respectively, took the start of the Mille Miglia again.

And say again because this Jaguar Type C, in particular XKC 005, is the same car in 1952, Sir Stirling Moss drove to victory in a sports car race in Reims. It was the first victory for a car with disc brakes.

The Mille Miglia 2012 is the first evidence of “competition” of Jaguar Racing Heritage program, at the end of this year, will also participate with Type C and Type D, for the first time since 1956, at the Nurburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix and the Goodwood Revival.

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