The new Jaguar XKR GT racing car makes its European debut this week at the 2010 Autosport International Show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK
The new XKR GT will compete in the entire 2010 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in North America.
GT racing legend Paul Gentilozzi will feature the XKR in the largest dedicated trade motorsport exhibition in Europe.
The race car will be on display at the Jaguar stand alongside a production model XKR, XFR, and the fastest Jaguar ever - the Bonneville XFR prototype, which Paul drove to 225.675mph (363.2kph) on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2008.
Jaguar asked the Michigan-based RSR team to help create a race car to compete in GT2 racing in 2010. The Jaguar engineering and design teams, based in Coventry, have jointly developed the car from a standard road-going XKR with the RSR team.
Paul Gentilozzi, Principal Partner Jaguar RSR said: "Jaguar is so intertwined with British motoring history making this a fantastic opportunity to debut the Jaguar XKR GT race car internationally. Having our new GT race car and the Bonneville prototype XFR on display at the biggest motorsport exhibition in Europe with the production cars that made these possible is such a great way to showcase our dedication to the Jaguar brand and to motorsports."
The competition car uses the standard Jaguar XKR lightweight aluminium monocoque together with additional steel reinforcements and safety structure developed by RSR. The 5.0-litre V-8 engine boasts 550 horsepower at 7000rpm and a maximum speed of 180mph.
The Jaguar XKR GT made its racing debut during the Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, in September 2009. The car took its first green flag in the American Le Mans Series season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October and is set for a full season championship effort in 2010.
Jaguar XKR GT2 – technical highlights
- CHASSIS Jaguar XKR bonded and riveted Aluminium monocoque, with RSR steel reinforcements and safety structure.
- ENGINE Jaguar AJ133 5.0 Litre V-8
- TYRES Yokohama racing slicks
- ENGINE MANAGEMENT Bosch
- DATA ACQUISITION Motec
- SPARK PLUGS Bosch
- BRAKES Brembo 6 Piston Front Calipers on 380mm discs / 4 Piston Rear Calipers on 350mm discs
- SHOCK ABSORBERS Ohlins DR4
- TRANSMISSION 6 speed Hewland CST Transverse Sequential Transaxle
- WHEELS BBS 18" 3 piece
- WEIGHT 1245 kg / 2744 lbs
- LENGTH 4790 mm / 188.5 inches
- WIDTH 1996 mm / 78.5 inches
- HORSEPOWER Approximately 550 at 7000 rpm
- MAX. SPEED 180 MPH