Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Jaguar XJR-15

Fancy a ballistically thrusting nineties Jag but feel that the XJ220 is a bit, well, common? Perhaps sir might consider the XJR-15?
The precursor to the '220, the '15 was conceived for a one-make race series in 1990, and just fifty examples were built. Somewhat absurdly, its architecture was hijacked from the Le Mans-trouncing XJR-9, right down to the complete absence of silencers or handbrake. The mid-mounted 6.0-litre V12 produced 450bhp, giving a 0-60mph time of 3.6s and a top speed of 185mph, while its low-drag curves were penned by Peter Stevens (who would later style the McLaren F1). It had a crash gearbox, carbon-fibre tub, very little in the way of soundproofing and made a shitload of noise. And look - one's just come up for sale on Pistonheads. £350k to you, sir...

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