Designer’s view: Explaining the Jaguar XJR-9 Le Mans legend

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1988 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Jaguar XJR-9 on the Autosport stand 2019

The Jaguar XJR-9 was one of the most successful sportscars of its generation, winning the 1988 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Developed by TWR, the XJR-9 won six races in the 1988 World Sportscar Championship en route to the teams’ and drivers’ titles, and was on show at Autosport International 2020 to celebrate Autosport’s 70th anniversary.

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To tell the XJR-9's story, Autosport’s technical editor Jake Boxall-Legge is joined by the car’s designer Tony Southgate, who explains how the car was developed and recalls the car’s halcyon days at the pinnacle of the world of sportscars. And also how he found 10 percent more downforce, which came at a cost during pitstops…

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