With a history of racing that hadn't been pushed properly in 30 years, Jaguar decided to get serious about endurance racing after the USA 'Group 44' team took a Jaguar back to Le Mans in 1986. Jaguar put motorsport guru Tom Walkinshaw in charge of their World Championship campaign and the following year they ran the XJR-8, winning eight rounds to take the FIA Prototype Championship with almost twice as many points as their nearest rival. In 1988 the new and agile XJR-9 debuted and won three races before entering the Le Mans 24-hour, France, in which one of the three entered won outright. The XJR-9's moonquake chassis was made in carbon-fibre and Kevlar composite and used double wishbones plus 13-inch (330mm) disc brakes all around. Part of the car's success, the mid-mounted all-alloy VI2, was very reliable in competition.
Jaguar XJR-9LM Specifications
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