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The XJR-15 was the brainchild of Tom Walkinshaw, built by Jaguar Sport a joint venture of Jaguar and TWR, between 1990 and 1992. The car was based on the XJR-9 that won the 1988 Le Mans 24 hours. It was also the first carbon fibre/Kevlar road-going car beating the McLaren F1.
Built for a new race series �the Intercontinental Challenge' with production totalling just 53 examples, the XJR-15 was a two-seater V12-engined sports car producing 450bhp from its six-litre alloy, dry sump V-12 which had a Cosworth forged crankshaft, connecting rods, aluminium pistons and fuel delivery via Zytec electronically controlled sequential fuel injection. The transmission was a TWR six-speed transaxle with straight cut gears, which was matched to an AP triple-plate carbon clutch. Due to its lightweight construction the car weighed just 2,315 pounds which gave it a top speed of 215mph with excellent power-to weight and superb handling made this a formidable race car.
The 3 race series which offered a winner takes all $1,000,000 prize took place at Monaco, Silverstone and Spa-Francochamps as a support race for Formula One, with the overall winner being Armin Hahne.
The example offered here is one of the 16 examples to actually compete in the Intercontinental Challenge driven by Andy Evans, it completed all 3 races without accident, the only car to do so. It has just benefited from a complete no expense spared professional restoration undertaken by one of the foremost race preparation companies in the UK. Recent work has involved a total strip back to the bare tub, complete mechanical disassembly and overhaul of all components including engine, gearbox, suspension and steering plus the procurement and fitting of a correct new fuel tank. Full photographic history and invoices are also provided.
With a well-documented period competition history and offered in race ready condition it provides a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of these iconic Jaguar Sports racers. Please contact us for more details to follow.