Jaguar XJR

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The Jaguar XJR sportscars were a series of racing cars used by Jaguar-backed teams in both the World Sportscar Championship (WSC) Group C and the IMSA Camel GTP series between 1984 and 1993.

The project was started in 1983 by an American team Group 44 Racing, headed up by owner-driver Bob Tullius, who had the backing of Jaguar to build the Fabcar designed racer known as XJR-5 in their Herndon, Virginia, US, shop and to campaign it in the IMSA Camel GTP championship. After becoming established in IMSA, Jaguar turned to Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) to develop another car known as XJR-6 for the World Sportscar Championship, using the same Jaguar V12 engine, and debuting halfway into the 1985 season.

Jaguar would continue to use two different types of chassis for IMSA and the WSC until 1988 when Jaguar chose to have TWR take over their team for both championships, and building an identical car for both series, known as the XJR-9.

After having used the V12 in a variety of sizes, TWR decided to try a new turbocharged 3.5L V6 for the XJR-10 (for IMSA) and the XJR-11 (for the WSC) in the 1989 season. However, the FIA announced rule changes to come into effect for the WSC that would require all teams to change to 3.5L naturally aspirated engines. TWR decided that continuing to develop their V6 in the WSC was useless, so the new XJR-12 for the WSC in 1990 was better suited to carry the old but reliable V12. The XJR-12 was short-lived, as in 1991, Jaguar decided to debut their new 3.5L naturally aspirated V8 engine by Cosworth for the XJR-14.

After having won multiple championships in the WSC, and instability due to multiple rule changes, Jaguar decided to drop out following the 1991 season and concentrate on IMSA. However, after attempting the first few races of the 1993 season, Jaguar decided to end the project altogether, marking the end of the XJR sportscars. Jaguar and TWR attempted to continue racing on with a cheaper and smaller scale project, a racing version of the XJ220 for the GT classes, but it was short-lived.

One unique XJR model was the 1990 XJR-15, which was a limited-edition road-legal supercar built by TWR from the design of the XJR-9 and featuring Jaguar's V12. Several XJR-15s were also built into racing cars for a special one-make series meant as a support race for Formula One.

 

1984     1985  
Bizarre BZ13; Jaguar XJR-5; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; Adamowicz, Watson, Ballot-Lena; RN40 Mark Models MM178; Jaguar XJR-5; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; Redman, Bundy, Tullius; RN44   Provence Moulage; Jaguar XJR-5; 1985 24h Le Mans 13th; Tullius, Robinson, Ballot-Lena; RN44 Bizarre BZ23; Jaguar XJR-5; 1985 24h Le Mans 13th; Tullius, Robinson, Ballot-Lena; RN44
Bizarre BZ13; Jaguar XJR-5; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; Adamowicz, Watson, Ballot-Lena; RN40 Mark Models MM178; Jaguar XJR-5; 1984 24h Le Mans DNF; Redman, Bundy, Tullius; RN44   Provence Moulage; Jaguar XJR-5; 1985 24h Le Mans 13th; Tullius, Robinson, Ballot-Lena; RN44 Bizarre BZ23; Jaguar XJR-5; 1985 24h Le Mans 13th; Tullius, Robinson, Ballot-Lena; RN44
1986        
Spark S0755; Jaguar XJR-6; 1986 24h Le Mans DNF; Warwick, Cheever, Schlesser; RN51 Spark S0756; Jaguar XJR-6; 1986 24h Le Mans DNF; Redman, Heyer, Heywood; RN52      
Spark S0755; Jaguar XJR-6; 1986 24h Le Mans DNF; Warwick, Cheever, Schlesser; RN51 Spark S0756; Jaguar XJR-6; 1986 24h Le Mans DNF; Redman, Heyer, Heywood; RN52      
1987        
Starter; Jaguar XJR-8; 1987 24h Le Mans 5th; Cheever, Boesel, Lammers; RN4 Spark S0758; Jaguar XJR-8; 1987 24h Le Mans 5th; Cheever, Boesel, Lammers; RN4 Spark S0759; Jaguar XJR-8; 1987 24h Le Mans DNF; Watson, Lammers, Percy; RN5 Spark; Jaguar XJR-8; 1987 24h Le Mans DNF; Brundle & Nielsen; RN6  
Starter; Jaguar XJR-8; 1987 24h Le Mans 5th; Cheever, Boesel, Lammers; RN4 Spark S0758; Jaguar XJR-8; 1987 24h Le Mans 5th; Cheever, Boesel, Lammers; RN4 Spark S0759; Jaguar XJR-8; 1987 24h Le Mans DNF; Watson, Lammers, Percy; RN5 Spark; Jaguar XJR-8; 1987 24h Le Mans DNF; Brundle & Nielsen; RN6  
1988        
ONYX; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans DNF; Brundle & Nielsen; RN1 Exoto MTB00102; Jaguar XJR-9 LM; 1988 24h Le Mans DNF; Brundle & Nielsen; RN1 IXO LMC006; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans DNF; Brundle & Nielsen; RN1 IXO LMC002; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st; Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2 ONYX; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st: Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2
ONYX; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans DNF; Brundle & Nielsen; RN1 Exoto MTB00102; Jaguar XJR-9 LM; 1988 24h Le Mans DNF; Brundle & Nielsen; RN1 IXO LMC006; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans DNF; Brundle & Nielsen; RN1 IXO LMC002; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st; Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2 ONYX; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st: Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2
Starter; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st; Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2 Atlas Editions 4 641 108; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st; Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2 HPI Racing 994; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st; Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2 IXO LM1988; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st; Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2 ONYX; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans DNF; Watson, Boesel, Pescarolo; RN3
Starter; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st; Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2 Atlas Editions 4 641 108; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st; Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2 HPI Racing 994; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st; Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2 IXO LM1988; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 1st; Lammers, Dumfries, Wallace; RN2 ONYX; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans DNF; Watson, Boesel, Pescarolo; RN3
ONYX; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 16th: Cobb, Jones, Sullivan; RN21 Provence Moulage No.22; Jaguar XJR-9 Racing Coupe; 1988 24h Le Mans 4th; Daly, Cogan, Perkins; RN22 ONYX 22; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 4th; Daly, Cogan, Perkins; RN22 IXO LMC007; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 4th; Daly, Cogan, Perkins; RN22  
ONYX; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 16th: Cobb, Jones, Sullivan; RN21 Provence Moulage No.22; Jaguar XJR-9 Racing Coupe; 1988 24h Le Mans 4th; Daly, Cogan, Perkins; RN22 ONYX 22; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 4th; Daly, Cogan, Perkins; RN22 IXO LMC007; Jaguar XJR-9; 1988 24h Le Mans 4th; Daly, Cogan, Perkins; RN22  

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