According to AutoEvolution, IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain, who is a Jaguarenthusiast, took delivery of a Jaguar XKR-S on Friday, November 9. The car is said to be the fastest XK model ever built, with its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 enabling the Jag to sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved Jags with a passion,” McBrain told AutoEvolution. “I remember my father taking me to see the big ol’ Mark 10 when it came out in ’61. That was his favorite car, and since then, I’ve always preferred Jaguar sedans rather than sports cars. In fact, I still have my Series III that I bought in 1986 along with my ’89 Series III that I keep in Florida and use as my daily driver. I bought my wife an XK in 2009, and when she finally let me drive it, I absolutely loved it; so when the XKR-S came out, that was it, I decided I had to have one.”
Asked when he first got to drive the XKR-S, McBrain said, “Jaguar invited me to the Gaydon test track in the U.K. to do a few laps, and really, that’s how my car came about. They drove me to the track in a new Range Rover Evoque with a terrific black and red leather interior. When we pulled up alongside this French Racing Blue XKR-S, the door was open. When I opened my door to the Range Rover Evoque, I said, ‘This is the interior I want in my car.'”
Regarding what features he decided on, McBrain said, “The first major feature we worked on was the paint; I chose a new metallic version of French Racing Blue. Jaguar calls it Ultra Blue and it’s not currently available on the market, but they agreed to let me use it for my car. I live in Florida and when the sun hits the paint, it just explodes, the color is truly amazing. Next, we wanted to really customize the car so where it says ‘Supercharged’ on the carbon fiber hood louvers, we’ve used the famous IRON MAIDEN ‘metal lord’ font. We used the same script for the door tread plates, which now read ‘Nicko McBrain XKR-S.’ In the piano black veneer above the glove box we’ve added ‘Made In Aluminum;’ get it?”
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Video footage of McBrain taking delivery of and driving his new Jaguar XKR-S can be seen below.