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Jaguar XJR-12: The Legend That Conquered Le Mans

The Jaguar XJR-12 is a sports prototype racing car built by the Jaguar Cars-backed Tom Walkinshaw Racing team for both Group C and IMSA Camel GTP. The 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in 1990 made the XJR-12 renowned.

The 7.0 L 60 degree SOHC V12 that powered the XJR-12 produced 579 ft lbf / 785 Nm at 5500 rpm and 730 horsepower / 545 kW at 7000 rpm. The top speed was 368 km/h (229 mph).

The XJR-12 completed 4,882.4 km in the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans at an average speed of 204.036 km/h (126.782 mph) and a top trap speed of 353 km/h (219 mph).

The 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1990, the IMSA Camel GTP title in 1991, and the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1992 were all victories for the XJR-12 race car. In 1994, the Jaguar XJ220 took its place.

1 thought on “Jaguar XJR-12: The Legend That Conquered Le Mans”

  1. I’ve been a Jaguar man since high school and I’m now in my seventies. No, I’ ve never had the funds needed to own one but my love with that beauty has survived through the years. Just sayin.

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