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Gallery: Jaguar XJR-9LM

Submitted by on September 30, 2008

jag882It’s hard to believe it has been 25 years since Jaguar won the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hour race with the fantastic XJR-9LM.

Sporting one of the best liveries to ever grace a racing car, the Silk Cut Jaguar’s success at Le Mans marked the first time since 1980 that Porsche had not won Le Mans, and the first Le Mans victory for Jaguar since 1957.

The car was built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), and featured a 750 HP Jaguar 7.0-litre V12 based on the production 5.3-litre engine used in the Jaguar XJS road car.

The victory was even more special for English fans as Britons Johnny Dumfies and Andy Wallace shared the driving duties with Le Mans stalwart Jan Lammers.

The race covered a distance of 5332.97km, the most distance covered in any of the Le Mans 24 hours races, except 1971 when the Martini Racing Team Porsche 917K covered 5335.313km in 397 laps.

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