100 new jobs to be created at new Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre in Prologis Park, Ryton.
The facility will be Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) global centre for the creation of high-end luxury bespoke commissions and extreme performance vehicles.
Operations will begin towards the end of this year with a team of 150 JLR specialists based at Ryton, near Coventry. Some 100 of those engineering and technician jobs will be new.
£20 million will be invested in installing specialist equipment and a customer commissioning suite.
Managing director of JLR special operations, John Edwards, commented: “We are excited by the capability and potential that this new facility will give us. We will be creating iconic vehicles that reinforce the global reputation of both Jaguar and Land Rover brands.”
The first vehicle to roll out of the new SVO workshop will be the Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7, which will be produced at the company’s plant in Castle Bromwich, before transferring to the Special Operations Technical Centre to be completed by hand.
JLR is also spending £1.5 billion on an aluminium vehicle architecture system for forthcoming models, to be manufactured from 2015 at the company’s Solihull facility.