The British marquee has decided to garner some attention towards its motorsport heritage and has set up a reunification between 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Andy Wallace and the XJR9-LM he used to achieve the victory back in 1988.
The event was also used as a marketing stunt because the automaker has been busy promoting the facelifted XJ flagship that was unveiled earlier this year – it took place at the Silverstone circuit and was part of the wider XJ Innovation Tour. Jaguar didn’t deliver too many details about the XJR9-LM that makes part of what is now a lost heritage for the automaker (they have no serious implication in the world of motorsport today) but Wallace took the time to have ago in the 2016 XJR and the most interesting bit he found about the car were the LED headlights. He added these incredible modern lights would have been an extraordinary asset to have back when the XJR9-LM charged to glory.
Aside from having those “incredible” LED headlights, the updated XJR also comes with an upgraded front end that has a bigger radiator grille and comes with reworked air intakes. Modern amenities that were unthinkable back in the days of the XJR9-LM include the new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system that has an eight-inch display or the electric power assist steering system. Meanwhile, under the hood sits the mighty supercharged 5.0-liter V8 mill that churns out 50 PS (405 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque and mated to the eight-speed automatic transmission the XJR jumps to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and will top out at 174 mph (280 km/h).