Jaguar’s long and illustrious history in motorsport has forever informed the evolution of our road cars. Our entry into
Date: 1948 - 1954
Top Speed: 124.6 mph / 200.5 kph
Engine capacity: 3,442 cc / 201 ci
Power: 160 bhp / 119 kW
Fact: XK120 is the world's fastest production car at launch
Date: 1951 - 1953
Top Speed: 144 mph / 231.7 kph
Engine capacity: 3,442 cc / 210 ci
Power: 207 bhp / 154 kW
Fact: C‑Type disc brakes become an automotive standard
Date: 1954 - 1957
Top Speed: 162 mph / 260.7 kph
Engine capacity: 3,442 cc / 210 ci
Power: 250 bhp / 186 kW
Fact: D‑Type wins at the Le Mans in 1955, 1956, 1957
Date: 1975 - 1996
Top Speed: 153 mph / 246.2 kph
Engine capacity: 4,235 cc / 258 ci
Power: 285 bhp / 212 kW
Fact: XJS wins at Spa 24 Hours 1983
Date: 1983 - 1991
Top Speed: 229 mph / 368.5 kph
Engine capacity: 6,995 cc / 426 ci
Power: 750 bhp / 559 kW
Fact: XJR-12 wins first and second places at Le Mans 1990
FORMULA 1 - R2 & R3
Date: 2000 - 2004
Top Speed: 194 mph / 312.2 kph
Engine capacity: 2,998 cc / 464 ci
Power: 770 bhp / 574 kW
Fact: Eddie Irvine and Mark Webber driver for Jaguar's F1 team
FORMULA E I‑TYPE 1
Date: 2016 - 2017
Top Speed: restricted to 140 mph / 225.3 kph
Power: 200kW, equivalent to 270bhp
Fact: Jaguar returned to racing in Formula E Season 3, 2016/17
1948-1954 – SILVERSTONE & LE MANS
An all-new sports car, and the test-bed for Jaguar’s revolutionary XK engine, the XK120 is ranked the fastest production car in the world. In 1949, the XK120 takes the chequered flag at Silverstone and a year later, three XK120s make their debut at Le Mans. It’s the beginning of a new era in motor racing.
1951-1953 – LE MANS
In 1951, aircraft engineer Malcolm Sayer joins Jaguar and brings with him aeronautical discipline and excellence. His first collaboration, the C‑Type, wins at Le Mans and second-car driver Stirling Moss breaks the lap record. In 1953, the C‑Type wins again at Le Mans and takes three of the top four places.
1954-1957 – LE MANS
Bad weather robs the D‑Type of victory at Le Mans in 1954, even after recording a shattering top speed of 170 mph. However, the streamlined car fights back to win in 1955, 1956 and 1957 – a year in which it takes five of the top six places. The D‑Type remains to this day one of the most successful racing cars ever built.
1975-1996 – ETCC & SPA 24 HOURS
In 1982, under the banner of TWR, British racing driver Tom Walkinshaw enters a team of V12 XJS’s into the European Touring Car Championship and claims several wins in the process. Walkinshaw goes on to take the 1984 ETCC Drivers’ Championship and in the same year wins the prestigious Spa 24 Hours.
1983-1991 – DAYTONA 24 HOURS & LE MANS
The XJR closed-cockpit cars prove formidable on the world’s long distance endurance circuits – and non more so than the 1988 XJR-9. The V12-powered supercar is driven to victory at Daytona 24 Hours and then Le Mans, where driver Martin Brundle and Jaguar respectively land the Drivers’ and the Manufacturers’ Championships.
R1 to R5
2000-2004 – FORMULA 1
Jaguar’s foray into Formula 1 sees ex-Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine take a number of podium places during his tenure. The team also serves as a training-ground for acclaimed Australian driver Mark Webber. Owned and engineered by Ford, Jaguar develops three cars that all run on the Cosworth V10 engine.
2016 – FORMULA E
Inspired by our racing heritage, and powered by a collective of established racing engineers and super-bright technicians, Panasonic Jaguar Racing and the incredible I‑TYPE 1 entered Formula E: courageous, competitive and raring to race.