The Jaguar's nearly-forgotten XJR-15 race car is up for sale

02/08/2017 03:22:25
The Jaguar's nearly-forgotten XJR-15 race car is up for sale
The Jaguar XJR-15 was the first road car to use a carbon fiber monocoque and is essentially a street-legal version of the Le Mans-winning XJR-9.

As far as we remember, the late 1980s and early 1990s were awash with supercars from automakers across the globe. Before the Jaguar XJ220 came the equally-impressive XJR-15 and while much of the automotive world has forgotten its greatness, it remains a great road-going race car. Only 27 were ever built.

 

 

Unlike the twin-turbocharged XJ220, the XJR-15 featurs a big, naturally-aspirated V12 that turned out 450 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque when new. At the time, the car was capable of hitting 60 mph in under 4 seconds and topped out at 215 mph, just shy of the mark later set by the Jaguar XJ220. The XJR-15 was also the first road car to make extensive use of carbon fiber. In fact, at 2,315 lbs, the car's listed weight is less than that of a new ND Mazda Miata. The body was designed by future McLaren F1 engineer Peter Stevens.

 

 

While the McLaren and Porsche were more complete and well rounded machines, the XJR-15 was a bare bones, uncompromised track machine. The interior was barely more than a carbon tub fitted with a pair of one-piece seats. The car in this listing is chassis number 21 and only has 1,400 miles on the odometer. Some minor modifications to the hinges allow the hood and engine cover to be quickly and easily opened. The price for all this lightweight goodness is nearly $500,000, that is not bad for such a rare car. 

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