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1991 Jaguar XJR-15

Ex- Derek Warwick Monaco Winner. Turn-Key Racecar!

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VIN #020
Exterior Color Metallic Blue with Period Graphics
Interior Color Bare Carbon
Mileage 1 Miles
Engine 6.0L, V12
Transmission Dog Box
Status Sold
Stock FJ504

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1991 Jaguar XJR-15
s/n 020
Metallic Blue with Period Graphics with Carbon Fiber Interior

The XJR-15 was developed by Jaguar Sport in close collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) to be a no compromises race car for the road. Introduced towards the end of 1990, it was based on the 1988 Le Mans winning XJR-9 `Silk Cut` race cars, and featured many similar underpinnings, including suspension and carbon fibre tub with underbody venturis. Beholding one of these cars is highly evocative of a Group C car because that is essentially what it is. The bodywork and tub are all carbon fibre Kevlar composite of the highest quality, which is laid up to extraordinarily high standards. The quality and grain of the workmanship is outstanding and very beautiful, as is the level of finish. It is perfectly regular and great attention has been paid to the aesthetic quality of the material, in addition to its structural quality. Other beautiful details reflecting the car`s direct race derivation and $960,000 original price tag abound, including some very neat CNC machined gusseting and a pair of beautifully wrought carbon fibre brake ducts. Like the XJR-9, the XJR-15 employs a heavily tuned version of Jaguar`s venerable V12. In this car, it displaces just under six litres and makes 450hp, which in conjunction with the cars 2300 pound weight, makes it very fast. The gearbox is a racing dog-leg unit, and 0-60 acceleration is reported to be available in just 3.1 seconds, faster than a Ferrari Enzo!

When the cars were new, Jaguar created a special series of three races in which these cars could be driven, the Jaguar Sport Intercontinental Challenge. These three events were run in conjunction with three Formula one events at Monaco, Silverstone, and Spa-Francorchamps, and this particular car is believed to have been driven to first place at Monaco by Formula 1 legend Derek Warwick. The racing emphasis was designed to distance the XJR-15 from another remarkable Jaguar, the XJ220, which was much more of a road car with concessions to civilized use. This car has very few of those, and is a thinly disguised race car. The windows are lexan and do not open, and there is no trunk, let alone air conditioning or a sound system. The car is loud and is not fitted with mufflers, but produces a glorious V12 noise that is surely one of the better sounding cars ever built in recent years. It does however have a leather covered instrument binnacle and dashboard trim.

Today the car is in virtually the same condition as it was raced by Warwick in 1991. The car still retains all the original series related graphics that it wore when it was presented in period. There are a handful of chips and scratches about the paint, but it is in keeping with `good racing` cosmetics. The car sits on excellent, polished aluminum OZ Racing wheels with near new Bridgestone 245/40ZR17 front and 335/40/ZR17 rear tires.

The bare carbon interior is very sparse indeed. The driver`s seat upholstery is showing some age, with the balance of the drivers compartment in `as raced` condition. The abundant carbon fibre is beautiful and the small amounts of leather are unworn.

The engine bay, frontal area, and underside, all show very little evidence of use, but some weathering, as the car is now over 15 years old.

Mechanically, the car is outstanding. It starts easily and makes fantastic noises! If Cosworth made a 12 cylinder DFV, this is what it would sound like! The clutch is easy to operate and engages predictably. The dog-box transmission is intuitive and trouble free. The brakes stop the car evenly and effectively. With the exception of the odometer, all the gauges appear to function normally, as do the associated warning lights. Currently the car shows just 1 mile. The actual mileage is unknown, but is probably extremely low, as this car is not currently registered for street use. There is no evidence of any damage or repairs to the underside or bodywork.

While this car has been built with racing in mind, and is best suited to racing, a second seat and seat belts could be installed for a passenger. This car would generate some memorable experiences during private track days!

This car should be eligible for GTP/Group C racing venues, and will make for a cost effective and interesting alternative to traditional prototypes such as the Porsche 956 or 962, which are likely to sell for several hundreds of thousands of dollars more on the open market. Moreover, as a carbon fibre-tubbed car, this car would be considerably safer. 


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