Jaguar XJR
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Jaguar
Model: XJR
Jaguar XJR

In the United States, the Castrol sponsored XJR debuted at the 24 Hours of Daytona, with the car successfully and excitingly taking the overall win. However, throughout the rest of the season the XJR was unable to gain another win until the final race, meaning the team had to settle for third in the championship. Over in the World Sportscar Championship, the XJR, running Silk Cut sponsorship, was met with more success. The XJR was there able to take six victories, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This occurred over the eleven-race season and allowed them to clinch another world championship. Jaguar's success at Le Mans marked the first time since 1980 that Porsche had not won Le Mans, which was of course a great feeling for Jaguar. An evolution of the design for the XJRs was yet again completed by Tom Walkinshaw Racing, and it featured a Jaguar 6.0-litre V12. A variant of the XJR, the XJR-9LM, would be developed specifically for Le Mans, which as was evident above turned out to be a good decision. The Jaguar XJR is essentially a sports-prototype racecar built by Jaguar automaker Jaguar for both Group C and IMSA racing. This car was nothing short of a huge success, and partly credited for revitalizing the Jaguar marquee. This was a perfect example of how Jaguar can bring together grace, class and prestige, while still maintaining an impressive performance record. Jaguar has always been well respected, but now they could be well respected for producing performance vehicles and not just luxury sedans for everyday use. The XJR joins the ranks of Jaguar cars that have outperformed what was expected and have made the brand as distinguished as it is today. The other makers in the luxury segment certainly have some solid competition at this point.

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