1988 Jaguar Xjr 9

Jaguar XJR-9

The Panther XJR-9 is a sports-prototype racer reinforced by Panther for both Grouping C and IMSA Camel GTP, debuting in at the 1988 24 Hours of Daytona.

1988 Jaguar Xjr 9

An development of the conception for the XJR-8, the Panther XJR-9 was yet again intentional by Tony Southgate and reinforced by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), and featured a Panther 7.0-litre V12 based on the output 5.3-litre locomotive victimised in the Jaguar XJ-S route car. A version of the Panther XJR-9, the XJR-9LM, would be highly-developed specifically for the 24 Hours of Le Mans where the demand for gamey straightaway job speeds on the Mulsanne straightaway necessitated a low-drag flowing box.

In the Joined States, the Castrol sponsored XJR-9s debuted at the 24 Hours of Daytona, with the car successfully winning the boilersuit win. Still, end-to-end the residue of the IMSA Camel GTP temper the Panther XJR-9 was ineffective to gather another win until the terminal backwash of the temper, signification the squad had to fall for thirdly in the builder’s backup. Ended in the Man Sportscar Title, the XJR-9, run Silk Cut sponsorship, met with more winner. The Panther XJR-9 was able-bodied to payoff six victories, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, terminated the 11 wash flavour and clench another mankind title. Panther’s succeeder at Le Mans pronounced the commencement metre since 1980 that Porsche had not won Le Mans, and the beginning Le Mans triumph for Panther since 1957.

1988 Jaguar Xjr 9

For 1989, the Panther XJR-9 was again campaigned in both IMSA Camel GTP and the Humanity Sportscar Patronage. Nonetheless, the XJR-9 was by now dated, and in IMSA was existence repeatedly beaten by Nissan, departure the Panther XJR-9 with but a individual win on the harden. This led to Panther introducing the XJR-10 middle done the flavor, which met with slenderly wagerer achiever having two wins on the flavor and ordinarily placing higher than the XJR-9 it ran with. At the end of the temper, Panther ruined 2nd in the title.

A interchangeable history occurred in the Humankind Sportscar Title, with Panther not capable to scotch a win at concluded the full temper against like Sauber-Mercedes. Again, halfway done the temper the XJR-11 was highly-developed to supplant the Panther XJR-9, although both ruined out the flavour. This letdown led to Panther coating 4th in the teams title that temper.

1988 Jaguar Xjr 9

Inside months of Panther’s 1988 Le Mans triumph, TWR would use the Panther XJR-9 flesh for the developing of the R9R image which, by 1990, had evolved into the Panther XJR-15 supercar and spec-racer.

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