Jaguar XJR-15 or one of the first “road” supercars of the brand

Jaguar XJR-15 or one of the first “road” supercars of the brand

October 7, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

This British sports car was introduced in 1990. Under its hood was a 6.0-liter V12 engine rated for 450 horsepower. The car at that time was offered for $ 1 million. A total of 53 copies of the XJR-15 were assembled.

The British supercar Jaguar XJR-15 has a very interesting history. Tom Walkinshaw Racing worked with the British automaker Jaguar in the 1980s and was able to achieve great success in endurance racing – the team won the 24-hour race at Le Mans in 1988 and 1990. The idea of ​​creating the XJR-15 was to create a road version of those sports cars that won the above victories.

 The designer of the legendary sports car McLaren F1, Peter Stevens, came up with the appearance for the XJR-15. It was also the first production car, the body panels and monocoque of which were completely made of carbon fiber, which led to a total weight of only 1,060 kg.

The interior of the new XJR-15, according to the racing tradition, did not contain anything superfluous, but still, buyers were given the opportunity to order leather interior upholstery and air conditioning. In the absence of noise reduction, the rumble in the sports car interior was simply deafening and the British brand offered a racing helmet to his car so that the driver would not be distracted by the noise in the interior.

  Under the hood was a 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, which, like the suspension layout, resembled the real racing cars of the Tom Walkinshaw Racing team. The XJR-15 accelerated to 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds, and the maximum speed was 307 km / h. Buyers had a choice between an unsynchronized six-speed manual transmission and a synchronized five-speed manual transmission.