JAGUAR XJR-9LM


Tamiya 1/24 Jaguar XJR-9LM


by David Freeman

 

Introduction

The Jaguar XJR-9 is a sports-prototype race car built by Jaguar for both Group C and IMSA Camel GTP, first appearing in at the 1988 24 Hours of Daytona.

An evolution of the design for the XJR-8, the XJR-9 was yet again designed by Tony Southgate and built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), and featured a Jaguar 7.0-litre V12 based on the production 5.3-litre engine used in the Jaguar XJS road car. A variant of the XJR-9, the XJR-9LM, would be developed specifically for the 24 Hours of Le Mans where the requirement for high straight line speeds on the Mulsanne straight necessitated a low-drag aerodynamic package.

The kit

The model is the Tamiya kit – built out of the box.  The car represents the vehicle driven by Martin Brundle and his co-drivers at the 1988 race.  This car did not finish, but the sister car (No 2) won the event.

References

  • Kit instructions
  • Sports Racing Cars – Anthony Pritchard – Haynes Publishing 2005

 



 

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