Pink Leaping Cat - Horse Power & Diamond Glamour In Monaco

Jaguar is set to turn heads this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix, not just for the celebrity-led diamond glamour programme it is undertaking but also for its unique one-off look - a pink Jaguar leaper on the engine cover of the Jaguar R4 Formula One car in place of the traditional white leaping cat.

The pink leaper - the first of it’s kind in Jaguar’s history - will adorn both Jaguar R4’s from Thursday 29th May as driven by Australian Mark Webber (26) and Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia (22) at what is arguably the most glamorous motor racing event in the world.

Jaguar took the one-off decision to colour its signature-leaping cat pink in celebration of the Steinmetz Flawless Diamond Collection and the world debut of the Steinmetz Pink - a 59.60-carat, internally flawless, fancy pink diamond - that will be unveiled in Casino Square on Thursday 29th May. The pink leaper on the Jaguar R4 will be complimented with a diamond sparkle in its eye.

Jaguar Cars and Jaguar Racing have for the 2003 Monaco Grand Prix partnered with Steinmetz - creators of the world’s finest diamonds, The Diamond Trading Company and Formula One Publishing in this first-of-its-kind event that will bring horse power and diamond glamour together in a seamless association. The events will be spread over four days and include some of the biggest names from fashion, music and Hollywood.

“Pink diamonds are very rare and very beautiful, making them a top-end luxury product, just like Jaguar’s cars,” said Bob Dover, Chairman of Jaguar Cars and Board Member of Jaguar Racing. “The pink leaper on this year’s Monaco F1 car reflects our relationship with them,” added Bob.

Jaguar’s leaping cat has been adorning the front of its cars since 1938 and has become a symbol of luxury and performance engineering. It was re-designed and re-launched on 1st January 2003.

Published 27 May 2003 Melanie Carter

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