Rarer than Rare Jaguar XJR-15 Up for Auction
Within Jaguar’s lineage there have been rare cars, for sure. The XKR-S GT and the XJ220 readily come to mind. But lest we forget Jaguar’s early-‘90s race-bred supercar that can still demolish today’s batch of exotics – the XJR-15. The XJR-15 project, codenamed R9R, materialized from an important avenue — winning. During the late 1980s, Jaguar returned to form in endurance racing, and under the watchful eye of veteran racer Tom Walkinshaw, the marque took checkered flags at Le Mans in 1988 and 1990, as well as the World Sportscar Championship in ’87, ’88, and ’91. RELATD: See Photos of the 1988 Jaguar XJR-9
And amidst the trophies and fanfare, Walkinshaw saw an opportunity to cash-in on the company’s motorsport success by porting its XJR-9 and XJR-12 racecars from the circuit and onto to the road. The project began in late 1990 with only a scarce 50 slotted for production.
Think it looks vaguely like a McLaren F1? You’re not far off it. The XJR-15 was penned by Peter Stevens, the designer responsible for crafting the heady McLaren, and it sources the same central carbonfiber monocoque as the XJR-9 racer, as well as its suspension (horizontal pushrod dampers in front, coil springs in the rear).
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Located in the rear, the XJR-15 fitted Jaguar’s Group C-specification 6.0-liter V12, which funneled 450-horsepower through a TWR straight-cut six-speed transaxle to the rear wheels. Weighing in at only 2,315 pounds, the XJR-15 boasted a 215mph top speed, excellent maneuverability, as well as a price tag of nearly $1,000,000 when new.
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Only 27 road-going examples were manufactured from the original allotment, and this one – chassis 021, a 1991 model – is up for auction. The uber-rare Jaguar shows only 1,362 miles on the odometer and if purchased, you’d certainly be the only guy or gal on the block to have one. The XJR-15 rolls across the RM Auctions block in London on Monday, September 8th at no reserve.
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