The Jaguar XJR-12 Is a Le Mans-Winning Legend

Martin Brundle is reunited with a car similar to his 1990 Le Mans winner. It's a 700--horsepower V-12 beast.

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When Jaguar went sports-car racing in the 1980s and early 1990s, it did so with style. The XJR series of cars were beautiful and ferociously fast, successfully challenging Porsche's dominance. The XJR-12 was developed for the 1990 season and quickly found success, winning the two most-famous 24-hour races on the calendar—Daytona and Le Mans. It's a beast.

After all, its V-12 displaced 7.0 liters and pumped out well over 700 horsepower, all of which the driver had to control with an H-pattern gearbox. And with no turbos to muffle its V-12, the XJR-12 sounded amazing. Those who got to hear this motor run alongside Mazda's amazing four-rotor mills should consider themselves very lucky.

Former F1 driver Martin Brundle piloted an XJR-12 throughout 1990, taking one to victory at Le Mans with John Neilsen and Price Cobb. The folks at Motor Sport magazine thought it would be fun to reunite Brundle with an XJR-12 at Silverstone, and let Brundle's sports-car racer son Alex have a go, too. They both love it.

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